Returning to chess

pI just had a nudge from an old sparring partner who is looking to get back into chess again. What advice might you give? /p pPractise, study, review your games...nbsp; So much, so obvious. /p pBut I also recommended a book as a good a href="http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/OwningAVehicle/Mot/DG_4022112"MOT/a: br / a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Practical-Chess-Exercises-Lessons-Strategy/dp/15..."Ray Cheng, Practical Chess Exercises /abr / br / It offers you 600 positions (in sets of 8) for 'solving', so one of them will be a snap mate in 2... but among the others we might find something that looks like a mate in 2 but will fail because of some horrible smelly trap, or a delicate endgame finesse, or a promising attacking position where the best move is actually to win a pawn, or a position where the 'solution' is to avoid a haymaker coming your way, or a deeper tactic that takes a deal of head-scratching, or a positional coup... The exercises are graded in difficulty from one to four, and most sets include one at each level. I guess this as close to practical play as a book can get: you are faced with a variety of challenges, some straightforward, but some rather less so; sometimes you enjoy the chance to attack, at other times you have to defend, and you'll never know what's coming./p pP.S. Apparently a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nunns-Chess-Puzzle-Over-Board/dp/1901983080"John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book/a also gives 250 mixed positions (which I can guess are tougher) but it seems to be out of print at the moment.br / /p

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