by Franco Masetti,
“1001 Chess Exercises for Beginners: The Tactics Workbook that Explains the Basic Concepts, Too” is a wonderful mix of various tactical motifs and a great assembly of exercises about Chess. Franco Masetti and Roberto Messa are the authors of this book. helps you in identifying weak spots in the position of your opponent, in recognizing patterns of combinations, and in visualizing tricks.
The explanations of the various tactics (pin, skewer, deflection, etc.) demonstrate not only how they can succeed, but also how a clever defence can thwart them or even turn the tables. Right away the reader is learning not to play “hope chess” (to adopt Dan Heisman’s terminology). Hope chess is when you play what looks like a good move and simply hope that your opponent does not have a good response rather than checking to see that your opponent cannot reply with a strong threat, capture, or check. Learning to look out for your opponent’s responses, rather than just moving and hoping, is a key part of advancing in chess, so the authors’ approach is very useful.