A companion volume to Mastering Chess Tactics. In this book, the author concentrates on that most satisfying brand of tactics: how to checkmate the opponent's king. Part one outlines the basic mating patterns that can be achieved with the various chess pieces or combinations of pieces. More complex examples then follow, together with test-yourself-positions. Part two examines the strategic and tactical prerequisites for reaching such mating positions. These might involve a direct piece attack on a castled king, a pawn storm, a king hunt or the exploitation of a king stuck in the centre. For club and tournament players. Practical and psychological factors, such as risk assessment and timing of an all-out attack, are also considered.
Neil McDonald is a grandmaster and BCF coach. He is noted for his lucid approach to both writing and teaching.