Questions tagged [tactics]

Questions relating to maneuvers that take advantage of short-term opportunities, such as forks, discovered attacks, skewers, etc.

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Does this tactic (Bxf7+ KxB, Ng5+...QxB) have a name? [duplicate]

I'm not sure whether this qualifies as a trap, but I sometimes do this tactic. My opponent pins my knight on f3 against my queen, but by sacrificing my bishop to f7, I can move the knight with check ...
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Unique tactic motif? Surely not

Played by me yesterday in the Hamburg team championship. [FEN ""] 1. d4 f5 2. h3 Nf6 3. g4 fxg4 4. hxg4 Nxg4 5. Qd3 g6 6. Nf3 d6 7. Bh3 Nc6 8. Bxg4 Bxg4 9. Rxh7 Bf5 10. Rxh8 Bxd3 11. Bh6 ...
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Does chess intuition take over when you can't see all of the moves ahead? What does chess intuition look like?

This is a broad question about intuition and chess. I imagine that there is a limit to how far ahead even the best chess masters can see into the future, and how far they can stretch their memory. ...
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Explanation of Hard Puzzle #34

Wikipedia defines a chess tactic as: In chess, a tactic refers to a sequence of moves that limits the opponent's options and may result in tangible gain. I'm having a hard time understanding a ...
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How will the queen be lost just the same in 206 of Winning Chess by Chernev?

How will the queen be lost anyway here? [ [
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Are resignations by expert players naive?

During recent online chat with gamers, I asserted that 'go' (and possibly othello) had a larger decision space than chess. After reading Wikipedia, I realized I failed to account for othello and go '...
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Elo disadvantage due to one pawn move in Indian Chess

In Indian chess, the pawn doesn't move two squares, however in the western chess, pawn can move two squares. Now, since the pawn can't move 2 in the Indian style, the fianchetto is a natural square to ...
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Why wasn't Ne5 a mistake when I could just win the exchange in one move?

I had this position arise in a game: [FEN "4qrk1/3rppbp/1p4p1/p2P4/1pBP1B2/1P2PN2/5PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 2 21"] [White "Kevin"] [Black "lichess AI level 3"] 1. Ne5 {I ...
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What is the best approach when an opponent's queen is in the center and all of their pieces are developed?

I have played several games where my opponent's queen is somehow placed in the center of the board. However, this type of aggressive move positions my king in a dangerous spot. I can't castle because ...
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What is this tactic called?

[FEN "6k1/rp3ppq/p2p4/1p1Pr1nQ/1P2P3/4R1N1/P1B2P2/4R1K1 b - - 0 1"] 1... Nh3+ 2. Qxh3 (2. Kh2 Rxh5) 2... Qxh3 Black to move. After Nh3+ white can move the king or take with the queen. ...
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Which opening contains this trap?

The sequence of moves for White is Nd5, Bb4, and then Bb5, capturing the queen by a fork. The pattern should look something like the below position. I remember that I've seen this trap in some opening,...
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Woodpecker method on chess sites

Is there any chess site that allows you to train tactics by repeating some number of problems over and over again?
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Why does Stockfish suggest h4 here?

Analyzing my latest game on chess.com, Stockfish says that h4 is the best move here: I followed the line, but I failed to understand the reasoning of this move. Is it for some long-term advantage? ...
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Opening specific tactic material source

My chess course kiddies requested KID specific tactics material. Now I never play KID. For Sicilian, I would say "specific" means, for example, Nxb5,Nxe6,Nd5,Nf5...had my fair share of these ...
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{Landa vs Zhu Chen, Bad Wiessee, 2006} Lichess giving a +4.7 to white. Why?

Here is the lichess study for the game which is often presented as study. I am curious here, as to why White is given a strong advantage, even though the material is equal and Black has a lot more ...
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Are tactics or endgames more important?

I’ve seen a lot of strong players say at lower levels all you need to do is get really good at tactics, but, I’ve also seen a lot of people say that you should study the endgame before the opening or ...
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What are the objective criteria which suggest the position needs immediate tactical attention?

In even the most quiet-looking position there might be a tactical bolt of the blue, but consider a game might last 50+ moves, and your time and your concentration are limited resources. Thus it is not ...
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Chess visualization exercises

As beginner chess player I need an advice from more expert players. After one month I will partecipate to an OTB tournament and I want to improve my skills doing tactic exercises. Is it useful to do ...
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Pattern Recognition - Chess Tactics

I have a collection of ten thousand games of a player. Is there a way to look which kind of tactics does the player miss on most often? Which tactics does he need to focus on?
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Does this bishop sac when your knight is pinned to your queen have a name?

This is a common tactic in various openings. It goes like this: A bishop pins your knight to your queen You sacrifice your bishop with check to attract the king forward You give a check with your &...
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Looking for tactical Sicilian lines besides the Dragon and Najdorf

I am looking for a tactical Sicilian. But I don't want a really popular line like the Najdorf or Dragon that has been analyzed to death.
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How to quickly calculate two pawns facing two pawns

A situation that often seems to confuse me is when I push a pawn alongside two pawns that are head-to-head and my opponent pushes the opposing pawn, such as when Black plays c5 to my c4. rnbqkbnr/...
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Who is actually winning here?

I came across this interesting position: [Title "Black to move (with full castling rights)"] [FEN "r2qkb1r/pp1nn1p1/7p/5N2/3p4/2P2N2/PP2QPPP/R1B3K1 b kq - 0 1"] On first glance, ...
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Lasker (?) on strategy and tactics

Many years ago I read (in a Russian book) a saying Strategy is creating true values; tactics is refuting the false ones. which the book attributed to Emmanuel Lasker. Does anybody know where Lasker (...
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Normal puzzles vs puzzle rush performance on chess.com

I have been doing normal puzzles and puzzle rush on chess.com for the last 6 months. And I noticed that my performance in normal puzzles now jumped from 2100-2200 to 2400-2500. However, in puzzle rush,...
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Attacking as Black in the Caro-Kann

Is it possible to play the Caro-Kann aggressively/tactically as Black? What are the attacking chances/ideas for black in the Caro-Kann? Or is it simply the wrong opening for that? I found a few ...
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Most common tactic motifs in the opening phase of chess

On analyzing my games, I found that I usually miss tactics in the opening than during middlegame and endgame. To supplement my study by solving tactical problems based on motifs, it would be helpful ...
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Percentage of decisive games decided by tactical mistakes?

In their book, The Woodpecker Method, Axel Smith and Hans Tikkanen give these percentages of decisive games decided by tactical mistakes: GMs 42% 2200-2400 44% 2000-2200 63% 1800-2000 72% They say: ...
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How to train tactics methodically

In sports, there are often times methodical ways to practice. In tennis, for example, you don't just play matches or just practice forehands, you practice hitting forehands cross-court deep into the ...
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What was the best move for white? Could white have won?

Could white have won this game? What was the best move in this position for white? Or could Black have won?
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How could I have prevented this long drawn out game?

Consider the following game. I am black. [FEN ""] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 e6 4. Nf3 b6 5. Nc3 Bb7 6. Bg5 Be7 7. h4 Nc6 8. Bd3 Qd7 9. Qd2 O-O-O 10. Nb5 f6 11. exf6 Bxf6 12. a4 h6 13. Bxf6 ...
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I need help understanding this puzzle

With White to play, I have trouble understanding what goes on in this puzzle. First of all, how exactly Kh1 is preferable to Kxh2? I know that Black can give checks after Kxh2, but there really is no ...
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Puzzle rush vs. Puzzles

I'm wondering what would be, in terms of efficient fast improvement, the best training module between puzzle rush (fast calculation and pattern recognition strengthening) and traditional timeless ...
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Chess tactics software which can read files

Lichess publishes tactics problems which can be downloaded from database.lichess.org. The file is in csv format. Which software can be used to read and play positions from this csv file?
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How do I create sharp, tactical positions?

It is said that you shouldn't simply look for combinations every move; rather, you should create positions that tend to create tactical opportunities. But what does this actually mean? I think my ...
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What's the deep idea behind this puzzle?

I'm trying to get better by doing many tactics puzzles a day. This one I found very interesting. [FEN "6rk/6rp/p3pQ2/3pP3/3Pb3/1PP1PRR1/4q2P/6K1 w - - 0 1"] 1. Qxg7+! Rxg7 2. Rf8+ Rg8 3. ...
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Why Is Black forced to give up the queen in this puzzle?

[FEN "1r4k1/3q3p/p2P2r1/4pNNQ/5p1P/P7/6PK/8 w - - 0 1"] I got this position as a puzzle with White to play. The correct move was 1. Ne7, followed by 1... Qxe7 and 2. dxe7. To me, it seems ...
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How come it's actually Black with the advantage here?

I was analyzing a recent game of mine, and I noticed something interesting. After I blundered back a bishop on move 16, the evaluation was -3.4, which is still strongly winning for Black. [White "...
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Why is it a mistake to capture the forked rook?

In a recent game, I forked a queen and rook with a knight. After seeing no immediate threats from 8. Qf4 I immediately captured with 8. ...Nxb3. Apparently this was quite a mistake (a 213 centipawn ...
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Tricky continuation to the Fried Liver "refuted"

Suppose white gets the following opening: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 This is what I call Fried Liver Refuted, instead of Nxd5 we get instead Na5. From ...
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Tips for converting my advantage in the middlegame and the endgame

I'm fairly new to chess. I'm practicing against 1500~ rated opponents/engines on chess.com. My openings and middlegame seem to go well. After every game, the engine analysis says I'm always up +1 ~ +3 ...
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Playing rating is higher than tactics rating

I noticed for a while that in many chess websites that my tactics rating is between 1700-2000, but my playing rating in rapid is between 2000-2250, in blitz between 1900-2100, and in classical between ...
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Is chess.com's tactics trainer any good for actual tactical improvement?

Daniel Naroditsky recommended using this to improve at tactics but I was wondering if it was in any way worse than using a book with tactics for example.
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Is it good to have a tendency to exchange pieces?

This is how I am playing nowadays. I can beat ~1500 player 50% of the time (the rest is due to tactical errors): Play the opening (upto 12 moves) Don't blunder At the point where my pawns and pieces ...
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Bishop sacrifices to prevent castling

I have neen playing a higher amount of online chess as opposed to club chess lately and something I have noticed is a significant increase in Bishop sacrifices to prevent kingside castling. Here is ...
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What makes a chess puzzle hard to solve? [closed]

A couple friends and I built a mobile app (Chess Puzzle Blitz) where we allow people to compete for fun or money solving chess puzzles. We have a pretty large puzzle database but are always adding to ...
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Is memorizing tactics a sign of improvement?

I am currently re-doing a book of tactical exercises. I have not seen some of the exercises for longer than a year, and when I look at the position at first it seems new and I see nothing, until it ...
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Why is my tactics spidey-sense not working?

I have done over 5000 puzzles on chesstempo but still can't sense any tactics. So for the past few days I've been making a mental note each time a signal appears (loose pieces, exposed king, potential ...
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Are there exercises besides tactics that beginners should know about?

I'm an adult and I've been playing for a bit over 2 years on chess.com. My rating started at around 800. By playing thousands of blitz games and doing a little post-game analysis/opening review, I was ...
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Pinning Combination

There are are four types of pins. Absolute Pin-A piece is pinned to the king and cannot move due to the resulting illegal check. Partial Pin-A piece is pinned to the king and can move along pinning ...
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