Tactics are the concrete maneuvers (e.g. forking two pieces with a knight, pinning a piece to the opponent's king, or unleashing a discovered check) that chess players use and combine in order to achieve their overall goals in a game. They are the building blocks which underlie successful ...

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How do I raise my tactic trainer rating to 2300?

I'm currently a 1600 USCF with a tactic rating on chesstempo.com of high 1600. My chess.com tactic rating is 1600 as well. Though my best tactic rating has been high 1700 on chesstempo.com. The ...
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How much time you spend on one puzzle?

I know solving tactics puzzles is one of the recommended ways to improve in chess. I spend around 30 min solving puzzles. How much time I should spend on one puzzle? During games we don't think ...
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Why are these sacrifices good moves? What are the winning follow-ups?

I was using a phone-app called Chessrating to get an estimation of my ELO rating. It gives me 16 chess positions and I have four attempts to find the best move. There were some positions that I did ...
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Significance / Plan behind the move

White's last move was Ra2. I was to curious to know the plan behind or any strategical / tactical significance behind that move.
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Capturing one bishop

I was just looking for the best move in the position (White to move). And I thought that capturing the bishop in green square would be the best as it controls the open a8-h1 diagonal ,but the ...
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When is it right to start learning strategy after tactics

I have been furiously solving tactical puzzles for 6 weeks now and about three weeks ago I reactivated my account on chess.com. Long story short I have seen my "rating" go from 1280 to 1590 during ...
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Chess challenge #8: British knockout championship

The British Knockout championship is taking place now as a warm-up to the London Chess Classic that starts this Friday. There have been very interesting games (especially the ones played by Nicholas ...
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Thinking to solve the puzzle

I came across a puzzle on lichess.org, (Black to move) , I was unable to solve it. But I know the solution now, I don't wasn't the solution or analysis. I just want to know how should one think ...
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A tactic on the Chekhover variation of the Sicilian?

Recently I found the game Tal vs. Byrne (1976), that opens with Chekhover Variation of the Sicilian Defense. What got my attention in this variation was move 7, for, just like Tal did, every engine ...
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Chess challenge #7: Women's European Team Championship

In the recent Women's European Team Championship Anna Muzychuk won a quick game against Almira Skripchenko. [fen "r3qrk1/1b3ppp/ppp5/2nBp1N1/P3P3/7P/1PP1QPP1/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1"] Skripchenko has just ...
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Chess tactics #6: Yugra Governor's cup again

The one that I posted yesterday Chess tactics #5: Yugra Governor's cup wasn't the only blunder that happened yesterday in this tournament. In the game between Alexey Sarana (2426) and GM Pavel ...
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Chess tactics #5: Yugra Governor's cup

I took this position from a game that has been played today at the Yugra Governor's Cup between GM Aleksej Aleksandrov from Belarus and GM Ivan Bukavshin from Russia. White (Aleksandrov) has just ...
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Chess tactics #4: Black to play and win

After the last problem which was very hard I'm bringing you another one which is easier than the previous one. The position is: [fen "K4R2/RQ4B1/2n5/3q2p1/4PP1p/3p4/pp6/1kr5 w - - 0 1"] White has ...
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How is this a winning position for white?

[FEN "r4r1k/pbq2p1p/1p1ppPp1/8/2P3P1/PP6/R2Q2P1/1B3R1K w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. Qh6 Rg8 2. Rf4 e5 3. Rf3 Bxf3 4. gxf3 This is what I got from "ChessCademy -> Attack and Defence -> Attacking Castled King ...
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Chess challenge #3: Pinned knights

Here it is a new chess problem much more difficult than the previous one. The diagram position is the following: [fen "3rr2k/6pp/p2q1p2/5P2/3Nb3/1P1RQ1NP/6P1/7K w - - 0 1"] Black has just played ...
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Tactical challenge #2 - Attacking the kingside

The previous challenge was solved very quickly so here I am with a new one. Still a very easy one but hopefully a bit more challenging that the previous one. Black has just played Qb6 and it is ...
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Which approach is better to teach tactics

I have been teaching my wife tactics, we are doing the book by Fred Reinfeld "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations". We are still in the first chapter which discusses pins and I can tell ...
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Plan from the position

I am not asking for analysis, just want to know what are the plans to continue for black .(white to move)
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Am I improving my tactical knowledge by explaining solutons to my wife?

I recently started to teach the game to my wife, yay for me :) So now she's somewhat comfortable with how the pieces move and the basic opening principles but as soon as she gets to the middle game ...
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What I thought was winning tactic, apparently was mistake

I was recently playing a game as black against the Ponziani when this position came up. (I recommend you flip all the boards to show from black's perspective) Here's the beginning of the game: [fen ...
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Is it true that Queen's Gambit tends to have positional play and King's Gambit A tactical one?

I have heard somewhere that Queen's Gambit is favored by those who like quiet positional play and King's Gambit by those who like lively game studded with tactical traps. Is this true?
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Choosing the best move in the given position

I was just guessing the best move in the position.(white to move). I thought Rc1 would be the best move forcing white to exchange the white's dark square bishop and preserving the white's light ...
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Purpose behind the move

I was just guessing the best move in the given position(black to move) . I thought it would be 'Be6' , But the engine gave 'c5' , which weakens the 'd5' square . I want to know the plan behind the ...
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King taking pieces when check

Why can the white king not take the queen here?
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Where can I find free training tools like detailed annotated chess openings, middle games and endgames in the PGN format?

I have decided to study chess after playing it leisurely for a while. I looked at some online chess courses like the ones offered by Igor Smirnov at the Remote Chess Academy, but these options seem to ...
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Unlearning myths from the mind of an experienced club player

I recently met a club player who had been playing chess for 23 years, but couldn't improve his ELO more that 1800. When I played with him, I found his tactical skills are good, moderate endgame ...
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Chesscademy Tactic

Why would black move their knight (b8) to d7 vs taking the bishop (f5) with the queen? Click the link to see an interactive version, can someone explain this to me, I see no reason for black to lose ...
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What can you deduce from my performance in different types of chess tactics?

So each day I practice a different tactic. So my tactics training regimen is like this (Chess Tempo) Day 1: 5 problems - (standard) specific tactical motif (i.e. discovered attack, sacrifice, ...
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Choosing one move from the two moves

From the given position is it better to take with rook or the a-pawn and why ? Black to move. Engine gives a takes b4 , why? Their must be some strategic or tactical point.(Ignore the arrows in the ...
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How to distinct a strategical move from a tactical move?

I am new here, and I am doing research for academic purposes. I am looking for examples of positions where I can distinguish a strategic move from a tactical move. Can somebody give me examples of ...
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Why this is the best move?

I'm new here, just like chess and not study so deeply. I could not understand this move, Qxe5, someone explain to me? Thank you and sorry for the way I write, English is not my native language.
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How can I learn combinations without a chess book?

I would like to become better and stronger at spotting combinations. I can't buy any chess books at the moment. What's a good website for learning combinations?
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Do sacrifices work mostly for Masters?

Many beautiful and celebrated master games feature heavy sacrifices of material that result in check mate, or at least the re-gaining of more material than was sacrificed. In most cases, the original ...
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Undrawable Openings

What are some openings that are extremely difficult to obtain a draw in? I have been recently playing openings like the Ruy Lopez and facing a lot of draws.
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Advanced Middle Game Attacking Tactics

Before I get into the details of my questions, I already know the f, g and h pawn attack tactics, bishops sacrifices such as the greek gift and Lasker's double bishop sacrifice among a few others and ...
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Proven ways to improve calculation speed

I've been working on my tactics using on-line resources like Chess Tempo. I found my improvement (as measured by my CT rating) over the last few months to be encouraging, but I struggle to translate ...
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How do I mate here?

I'm White, and I lost this game because the time was over. What move do I need to do the mate combination? [FEN "8/6pp/p3R3/5rk1/3B2N1/5P1P/PP3P2/5K2 w - - 0 1"]
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Very Confusing Openings

What are some openings that normally a player with less or no understanding of opening theory would suffer agonizingly? Or perhaps, openings that are extremely confusing to play against? To me, the ...
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Why is b4 the only move suggested by every chess engine?

The only move suggested here by every chess engine is 17. b4 Can anyone please advise why is it so important? [fen "r3k2r/ppp2pp1/7p/3pP3/3P2b1/5N2/RP1KBPPP/7R w - - 0 1"]
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Describe White's performance in these two games

In these two games, can you describe the performance of White? Whether it was highly tactical, aggressive or positional...etc [fen ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bf5 4. c4 e6 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. Nc3 Bb4 ...
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Productive tactical puzzles: random or themed?

Simply, which of the following two approaches will typically improve tactical ability the fastest: Doing puzzles around a known theme or tactical motif - i.e. do 100 puzzles that involve a ...
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What's the best chess tactics trainer on the web?

There are plenty of chess tactics trainers out there on the internet. What trainer works best for you? Why?
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How many pieces would you sack for a queen?

I recently played a game where I sacked a knight and a rook for a queen and pawn. That got me thinking, how many pieces would you sack for a queen? The reason I am not interested in theories is ...
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Where can I find databases of tactical problems, categorized and ranked by difficulty?

I'm toying with the idea of building a tactical training tool. For my idea to work, I need positions that are categorized by motif and difficulty. A lot of tools seem to have this, and I doubt ...
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Effectiveness of a Space Repetition System in memorizing tactical patterns for long term skill gain?

After reading this article by Micheal de Maza: 400 Points in 400 Days As well as this paper by Gobet and Jansen: Training in Chess: A Scientific Approach I have come to the conclusion that effective ...
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How to solve mate-in-N problems

Here is a mate-in-4 I have been trying to solve: [FEN "2r4r/b5pp/q3pp2/8/4QBk1/8/3R1PPK/4R3 w - - 0 1"] (white mates in 4). I have been looking at it for about half an hour but not solved it. My ...
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Need some helps with the tactics in the middle game

I sometimes find very difficult to determine the accurate moves in middle game. When a tough opponent is infront of me i dont let them to attack at first. I strengthen my defense. But if i ever try to ...
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Can tactics be reduced to a finite number of simple patterns that can be learned?

I realise that there are a finite number of tactical techniques such as forks and skewers and pins but I find them hard to identify in everyday play. I have started using chess.com's tactics trainer ...
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Who has the advantage at this point in the game?

I was playing the following game and at this point I thought black had the advantage but upon thinking about it for a little while was not sure. At this point in the game who has the advantage and by ...
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Quick Analysis of best possible move in this board

What's black's best possible move and why? [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "r3k3/pp2b3/1qn1Np2/2p1p2Q/4P2p/1NP4P/PP3Pr1/2KR4 b - - 0 1"]