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Questions tagged [tactics]

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 strategies.

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What kind of checkmate pattern is this?

I played this game and was wondering, is this a checkmate pattern with a name?
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Is a piece hanging if it is defended by a higher value piece?

In this extreme examplethe c5 pawn is defended three times, though white can take the pawn with an advantage. [FEN "2r1k3/2r5/2q5/2p5/8/8/PPR5/KN4B1 w - - 0 1"] What about if the defender is a ...
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Which one is more important between endgame studies and tactics?

One strong player once told me that you can improve quickly if you focus more on endgame studies than on tactics training. His reasoning was that endgame studies use a few pieces to cover most of the ...
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Hanging square and deflection tactic leading to a back rank checkmate

[FEN "2r1r1k1/5ppp/8/8/Q7/8/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1"] The important square of e8 square is hanging. It is hanging because if white can take that square it's checkmate. Is this a hanging square tactic? ...
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Can it be useful for a player block with a hanging piece in a back rank mate situation?

Could the following situation possibly exist? It's White to play, and Black is about to get back rank mated. This is because the King's mobility is restricted to a single file. Then White gives a ...
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A question on psychology / strategy in Chess opening

Is it a good idea to play unusual openings (openings except d or e file) (like c4, played by Bobby Fischer on the game of the century ) to confuse the opponent and stop him/her to play his/her natural ...
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Novice - Capitalizing on players not knowing their openings?

I am a 1400-rated player currently working on my theory and understanding of openings. I am good at learning lines, much more so than others at my rating. But I'm less sure on where/how to learn the ...
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Is it better to start without queen or without any pawns?

I think that this question really can be answered rigorously with good analysis. It is opinion-based but not completely since some results in this direction can be obtained, and strict and general ...
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Losing the queen and then winning the game

Many years ago, I was on a mountain with some people. I was very young then, between 15 and 17 years old, I think. Some older people came and one of them started to play chess with me. I cannot ...
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The difference between Rad1 and Rfd1

I've always wondered, what are the main tactical and strategic differences between Rad1 and Rfd1 (or Rad8 and Rfd8 as black)? I know it's a subtlety, but my guess is there are some common principles ...
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Is this KBPP vs. KR position a draw or a win with perfect play?

I played a game on Lichess today as white, and me and my opponent reached this interesting endgame position. Note: It is black’s turn currently. The board is shown from White's point of view. [Title ...
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In the game Kudrin-Douven, why did black allow white to capture en passant two times in a row?

I read about this game on Tim Krabbe’s website and found it on chessgames.com. I am severely confused by black’s 30th and 31st moves (see the diagram below.) [Title "Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin-Rudy ...
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Looping through the same lines while solving puzzles

When solving tactics sometimes I spend a lot of time (20-30 minutes) looking at the same line over and over again. Sometimes I have a feeling that one particular line is the right one but my vision ...
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Pawn Sacrifice Justification

A few weeks ago, Magnus Carlsen (White) played against Anish Giri (Black), and this position was reached on the board on move 17 after black had played exf4: Here is the full game: [White "Magnus ...
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Difference in Tactics Ratings

I have a Chess.com tactics rating (default blitz setting where time to solve is instrumental in getting points) hovering around 1750 but for some reason I can't get beyond 1550 on the Chess Tempo's ...
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Bullet tips and tricks [closed]

Nowadays with speedy Internet and in order to play lots of opponents and to decrease the chance of cheating, people are opting for Bullet or blitz. Generally I prefer to play Larsen opening or ...
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Why does white sacrifice their queen in this exercise?

I was doing this exercise on lichess, but I don't see why the best move for white is to sacrifice their queen in exchange for a knight (after Nh3+): [title "lichess puzzle 61517"] [fen "4r1k1/...
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Solvable studies that computers fail to crack

Are there chess studies that require an outside of the box thinking that goes beyond the concrete calculation capabilities of today's engines (e.g. Stockfish)? I have sometimes seen certain endgames ...
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How good of a tactical player is Magnus? [closed]

Everyone knows the amazing positional ability and endgame ability of Magnus Carlsen, but how is his tactical skills. I have heard someone say tactics are not his specialty? is this accurate
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Examples of forced stalemate

The usual case one often sees specially in blitz play is when one side (usually the winning) mis-plays and then stalemate occurs with the losing side dodging a loss. But are there positions where ...
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LiChess puzzle 87510: How much calculation would a strong player do before playing Bg4+ when white has a range of (all losing) responses?

LiChess puzzle 87510 has the following position: [FEN "r1b1k3/pp4R1/2q3RQ/4p3/5P2/bP2P3/2P1K2P/8 b - - 0 1"] The solution is 1...Bg4+, after which white has 6 legal moves: 1...Bg4+ 2. Rxg4 Qxh6, ...
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Chuzhakin's System Hazardous Elements and Rules

A short time ago, I ran across some short texts and a short video about Chuzhakin's system to spot tactics and avoid blunders. What little I've seen seems really to help me. And so I'm looking for ...
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Finding a mating net in a RRN vs RRN endgame

This question relates to a game I played on LiChess (link), from which we have the following position: [FEN "8/2rn4/2pN2k1/r1Pp2p1/p2P4/3KPP2/R7/7R w - - 4 42"] In this position with white to move, ...
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Why queen traps happen so frequently? [closed]

I am aware that in most chess games the king is the one to be checkmated. Yet when playing many online chess games I have found the queen is the the one being checkmated. Is this simply another ...
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Why is Carlsen being praised for his tie-break play, when Caruana made several game-losing moves?

I followed the three games live on chess24.es (for live commentary from GMs) and chess.com (for actual real time computer analysis). As per my understanding: Game 13 was mostly balanced until 19... ...
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Decent Playing Strength Chess Engine

I'd like to make a chess program to play decent strength chess (say around 2100 ELO). What are the factors in Eval & techniques in Search that one would consider to achieve that rating?
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Why should I sacrifice Bishop?

I had a game with a friend, I obviously lost, but now I don't understand why, while reviewing my game, the CPU suggest that at this point the best move is Bishop in b5. If the Queen decides to take ...
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How to improve my game

I am doing tactics 30 minutes a day, practicing end games for about 90 minutes and analyzing 1 GM annotated game a day. I can understand the logic behind why the move is played, but I can't apply it ...
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How to improve my calculation and guess my opponents move

I am a 1100 rated player.In rapid and blitz games I beated 1600 players this proves that my intution is good but at classical matches I can't even handle a 1300 player.I am a positional player as I ...
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What is the thought process of a GM playing bullet? [closed]

I have read other posts (e.g. this) with descriptions of the thought process when playing long time controls, but I'm wondering what kind of information a GM processes during games with very short ...
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How to be more aware of smothered mate opportunities?

I've been playing Chesscademy's android app for a while when I'm bored: thought it could improve my chess to be solving their tactic challenges (not sure if it's working though..). One pattern I ...
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From where to start learning new tactics?

I know the basics and some basic tactics in chess, but I want to learn new and advanced tactics. Can anybody tell me any source for that?
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Can someone explain why should white lose his queen in the following tactics?

This is my initial position: I exchanged my pawn to get queen at this position: Now to complete the tactics, the engine is accepting only this move which results in a stalemate I would have ...
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Why I can not improve in chess & why I can not see the things? [closed]

Why is it that I can not improve in chess? When I lose a game, I feel very angry. I am always trying to improve so I played a lot, but I can not see any improvement. Please suggest me something.
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French (white) loss to a master - where could I have improved?

[FEN ""] [Date "6/16/2018"] [Round "7"] [White "Me"] [Black "Opponent"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1874"] [BlackElo "2286"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. ...
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Loss to a master, where did I go wrong? Two knights 4.d3 (black)

[FEN ""] [Date "6/15/2018"] [Round "6"] [White "Opponent"] [Black "Me"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2248"] [BlackElo "1874"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. Bb3 d6 7. c3 Bg4 8. ...
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Why couldn't I win this Maroczy Bind (vs 2000)?

[FEN ""] [Date "6/10/2018"] [Round "5"] [White "Me"] [Black "Opponent"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1874"] [BlackElo "2000"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. Be3 O-...
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Loss as black in 4.e3 English / rook ending

[FEN ""] [Date "6/10/2018"] [Round "4"] [White "Opponent"] [Black "Me"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2383"] [BlackElo "1874"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e3 Be7 5. Qb3 O-O 6. Be2 d6 7. d3 Rb8 8. O-...
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English/KID loss as white to a 2300+ player

[FEN ""] [Date "6/9/2018"] [Round "2"] [White "Me"] [Black "Opponent"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1874"] [BlackElo "2332"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Nge2 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d3 ...
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Tools specifically for training at finding loose pieces?

There are of course lots of tactical trainers out there, but I'm wonder if there are any that focus solely on the basic skill of spotting loose or hanging pieces. It is of course a trivial exercise ...
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Is this tactics puzzle flawed?

While solving puzzles on ChessTempo, I came across this puzzle: [FEN "8/8/1p6/p1p3p1/P1P1B1K1/1P2kP2/5n2/8 w - - 9 1"] 1. Kf5 I played the intended correct answer, [FEN "8/8/1p6/p1p3p1/P1P1B1K1/...
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How does one find the tactic here?

1rr3k1/p3p1b1/b2p2pB/q2P1p2/4P3/1PNn1PK1/P1RQN1PP/7R b - - 0 23 In the above position (reached after 1. Bxh6?) Stockfish points out that Black has a winning move, going from 0.00 to -2.25. However, ...
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What is the winning move here and why?

B1b2rk1/p3pp1p/6p1/q1Pp4/3b1B2/2n4P/P2Q1PP1/2R1K2R b K - 0 17 Stockfish rates this position as -2.94, so Black is clearly winning. Or is it so clear? After 1... Bxf2+ 2. Qxf2 Ne4+ 3. Bd2 Nxf2 4. Bxa5 ...
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Failing to understand a pin from a tactics book

I've began going through, over the board, 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations - 21st century edition. This book is a great supplement to my last question on studying tactics, and I feel ...
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Practicing tactics

I have been floating around the 800-900 tactical rating on chess.com for a while. A few things I've noticed For a beginner I'm having giant swings in rating based on if I get a series that I can ...
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Opening as a Beginner: Mainlines or Offbeaten path?

I am approximately 1500 OTB (Lichess Classical 1750, chess.com 1540, internal rating in my club ~1500), and of course I would like to improve. Work and family are demanding, so naturally I would like ...
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The end of anti-computer chess

In the old days it was possible to beat computers basically by playing slow, closed positions with weaknesses that can be exploited in the long term, beyond the calculation depth of the engine. As ...
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Anki Deck for Tactics Traning

Does anybody have Anki decks for tactics training? If anyone has such decks, can you share them with me? I am trying to improve my tactics and I heard that space repetition is one way to do that, so ...
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Which is better for an improving amateur to play even better: correspondence chess or faster time controls[both online]?

Currently, I do the following in order to improve my chess: Play several (currently 9) correspondence chess games simultaneously on Chess.com. Do tactics and puzzles regularly on Lichess.com and ...
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4 player chess tips

I recently looked into chess.com's four player chess. Its fun but had little success until now. I usually try and play moves to open my diagonal pieces but centre queen rushes always bring trouble. I ...