Author: Yasser Seirawan with Jeremy Silman
Tactics are my greatest weakness as a chess player. I am good at setting up strong positions (strategic play) but I am not good at seeing the tactical possibilities that will lead to victory. Even more problematic, I tend to be vulnerable to tactics employed by my opponents. If I'm ever going to progress as a player, this is the part of my game that needs shoring up.
The Winning Chess series is written by Yasser Seirawan, a Syrian-born U.S. chess champion. His book on tactics covers all the tricks: forks, pins, skewers, deflections, etc. He also profiles several of the great tacticians of chess history: Alekhine, Tal and Kasparov among others. He includes full transcriptions of some of their most famous games, too. This was my second time reading the book. It's all fascinating but I think I'll need to refer back to it often for it to help my game.
If you'd care for a game, I'm ikaspiel at Chess.com. My current rating is 1246. I hope to improve that in time for my next chess post!