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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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. [Title "Sergey Gennadyevich Kudrin-Rudy C Douven, GMA ...
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I can't figure out how to find tactics

Why is it hard for me to find tactics? For example, I want to take their queen, but I don't know how can I get to specific back steps, unless I play normally (it would take time).
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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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Where can I find this game with a sacrifice followed by a long series of checks leading to a discovered mate?

I am looking for a chess game and frankly, I really know very little about it. I remember seeing it somewhere on the Internet. The game goes something like this. A player (either White or Black) ...
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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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How do GMs “play the man, not the board”?

How do GMs "play the man, not the board" as some books say? Would that work for club level players or could they use other methods? Prepared variations? Trash talk? What are the ways one can ...
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Relation between checkers and chess

After watching GM Vasyl Ivanchuk's victory against GM Baadur Jobava in checkers, I have a question in my mind: Is it possible to relate checkers with the tactical knowledge of chess? If so, how?
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How are online tactic exercises ratings calculated?

There are several sites that give you a tactics rating changing while you solve or fail the exercises. How do they calculate the problems rating? Do they use engines to calculate the difficulty or ...
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Why can't I find any tactics in this game?

[fen ""] 1. e4 {0} c6 {0} 2. d4 {4} d5 {0} 3. Nc3 {3} dxe4 {0} 4. Nxe4 {1} Bf5 {1} 5. Ng3 {3} Bg6 {0} 6. Nf3 {6} e6 {0} 7. c4 {9} Nd7 {0} 8. Be2 {5} Ne7 {0} 9. Bg5 f6 {0} 10. Bf4 {7} e5 {0} ...
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Comparison of tactics trainers

I've noticed that the nature of the tactics differ from one website to another. For instance, on lichess.org/training (the website which I train tactics the most on), I have noticed that tactics ...
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What is a good free interface to create and store positions?

I'm getting back into chess, and I'd like a way to create and store multiple chess positions to review. Specifically, I want to review and practice mating nets. There are a ton of chess tactics sites ...
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Why are my tactics ratings on chesstempo and puzzle rush different?

I just started chess.com puzzle rush today for the first time. My chesstempo blitz puzzle rating is 1567, but I can only get to 16-17 on puzzle rush, which is about 1000-1100. My mouse is bit slow, ...
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Cocking the gun tactical motif (preparing a discovered attack)

There is a tactical motif I call "cocking the gun" which I have never seen explicitly mentioned. It happens when you prepare a discovered attack. See the following board. Is there an ...
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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 they're ...
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How can I deal with frustration in not being able to solve puzzles in time?

I've been doing 1700-2000 puzzles for some days now. My problem is that when I cannot find a solution within 10 minutes, it literally kills me inside. I just get so frustrated and angry. Theh I just ...
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Are aggressive attacking and tactical playeing the same?

What's the difference? Both look same to me.
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How much time it takes before searching for tactical themes becomes a subconscious process?

I would really like to have that ability.So how to achieve that?
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How many positions does a GM analyze before making a move?

From a research paper: Chess players search highly selectively. It is rare that they analyze more than one hundred positions in the search tree before choosing a move. In the middle game how many ...
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Does everybody has a different natural ability to improve in chess?

I have seen some players quickly increase their ELO within months, and some within years. Is there some genetic intelligence in those players (like someone in their family also played chess)? I ask ...
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Scandinavian Defence queen e5

I'm new to chess (around 1000), and I like to practice the Scandinavian defence. I started to check the theory related to it, and I've never seen a single source talking about this queen move after ...
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Method for precise calculation?

I'm tired of being stuck on a chesstempo rating 1530-1570 tactics in Blitz for like 5 days I'm "not" improving. Sometimes I take more than 2 minutes and sometimes I just move on quickly to the next ...
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How do I counter 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5? [duplicate]

I am a new player and a particular move that I have encountered multiple times playing as either black or white is: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 g6 3. Qe5+ Be7 (3... Ne7 4. Qh8+) 4. Qh8+ This was the ...
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What is the best move for White in this position?

[title "White to move"] [fen "2b2rk1/pr2n1bp/2p1p1p1/2pqPp2/N2p1P1Q/1P1P1N2/P1PB2PP/1R3R1K w - - 1 0"] In this position, I was considering the best move for white. Re1 seems good but why not Ba5? Or ...
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Need advice from class A players? [closed]

How much opening preparation does a 1800-1900(UCSF) player need and how to achieve that? Also, do you need class A tactics rating to reach class A chess ranking?
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How are ratings determined for training puzzles on lichess.org? [duplicate]

On lichess.org, how are the ratings for the tactical puzzles computed? I am trying to understand how some puzzles I find challenging are as low as the 1400s, while others that seem obvious are at ...
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How does white mate in two?

[FEN "7Q/p1p1b1B1/6r1/2p3kp/4Bp1q/7P/PPP2PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1"] (source) In this problem, it’s White to move and mate in two. What is the solution?
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Can someone explain the playing style of the great Jose Raul Capablanca?

I have heard that he plays intuitively(maybe based on themes), but can someone give an example? How did he manage to reach such heights despite his laziness for calculations? Doesn't that mean even ...
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How to make a chess engine that can identify tactics in the position?

I want to make a program that can identify chess tactics in the position, while searching moves according to given heuristics. but I am not sure exactly how to go about this. Related to this Is there ...
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How should I improve my chesstempo tactics rating?

I was stuck on a chesstempo tactics rating of around1482-1509 for about 2 days. I reached my current level within 3 days. I want to improve to an 1800+ rating. How can I improve?
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Is there any resource where you can look up a board position and read a number of suggested moves?

Is there any resource where you could just plug in the positions of all the pieces on the board and, for example, see an annotated page where different people or computer-generated bots have analyzed ...
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Tips on The Greek Gift

I always have problems in executing The Greek Gift. This a position which I got in a recent game : rn1q1rk1/1b1nbppp/p3p3/1p2P3/3N4/2NB4/PPP1Q1PP/R1B2RK1 w - - 3 13 Even though the Knight is not ...
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Chesscademy Tactic: Is my alternative as good as the right answer?

I've been playing with the Chesscademy app for a while, solving some tactics (which I'm not sure is improving my chess, but it's a good puzzle to kill some time). Today I ran into one tactic that I ...
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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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Looking for a Horowitz game

I just remembered a puzzle from a Horowitz game in which he played white against an Italian (I believe) player whose name started with "M". The black queen was defending f6, preventing Bxf6#. There ...
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Chess problem - don't understand the solution

Black to move: [fen "4rbk1/pp3pp1/1nq4p/8/1PP5/P3N1P1/Q2BrP1P/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1"] I've tried to solve this chess problem - black to move, find the best move. I couldn't work it out so I checked the ...
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ChessBase Tactics Database

I was sent a database of over 3000 mate-in-2 puzzles; however, most of them (almost 2200 of them) only have the first move provided as a solution. I am hoping that I will not have to go back and add ...
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How do you deal with you losing your concentration

How do you do deal, with losing your concentration during a chess match? Then making a bad blunder? I constantly lose concentration.
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Indian theme in real life

We all know this beautiful theme of self-interference. [Title "Loveday, mate in 3"] [fen "3R4/5K2/8/4k1P1/4p3/7B/4p3/8 b - - 1 0"] Solutiom: Has such a motive ever occur in an OTB game?
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Guide to using a book

I am currently twenty years old. I learned the rules of chess when I was eight and played on and off for a long time. However, I did not take it seriously. Recently after joining chess.com and trying ...
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How to bring tactics skills into the actual play?

According to few popular sites, my tactics rating is consistently about 400 points above my game rating (say, 2200 vs 1800). Of course, partially it could be a fault of the process: when a tactics ...
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What should a beginner focus on to improve his level?

I've learnt chess only about 1 month ago. Of course, my first game was terrible. But with reading some tips I've proceeded a little. Learning basics of few openings (like Spanish, Vienna and Urusov) ...
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How could I have improved my attack in this game?

I won the game easily because my opponent left a rook hanging in the end. I believe I missed opportunities to build a stronger attack, but I am not sure how I could have done so. [FEN ""] 1.d4 e5 2....
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What are some good podcasts to listen to?

I'm an intermediate player, and I practice chess tactics and play regularly. I'm looking for a good podcast or two to listen too during my day. I don't care if its a podcast that discusses chess news, ...
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How did I go wrong?! Embarassing Loss

this is a recent online game I played. I'm usually about an 1800 USCF player, but I had this very disappointing loss to a 1400 level player. Stronger players might look at this sub-par game and wonder ...
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Why is it a mistake to trap this bishop?

In the below position, I played pawn from g7 to g5, trapping the white bishop. The computer didn't like that at all, and gives white a huge advantage. Instead, it wanted me to just simply develop my ...
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How can one precisely sacrifice a piece for a winning attack?

r2qkb1r/5ppp/p1bppn2/1p3P2/4P3/1BN5/PPP3PP/R1BQ1RK1 b qk - 0 1 1... b4 2. fxe6! bxc3 3. exf7+ In the above game, black played 1...b4 to encumber the white knight's journey to d5. Ambitiously, white ...
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How to be more aware of smothered mate opportunities?

I've been playing ChessAcademy'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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Is Bobby Fischer hanging a knight?

So I've been looking at the "Game of the Century" between Bobby Fischer and Donald Byrne. There's something I can't get over. In move 18, that queen is tempting, but there's also a knight on c3 that ...
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Chess.com's daily problem-Why doesn't 1…Nf8 win the Nh7?

Shouldn't 1...Nf8 win here too? Why not? [FEN "r2qk2r/pp1nnp1N/4p1pQ/3pP3/4b1PP/P1B5/1PP1B3/R3KR2 b Qq - 0 1"] 1...Nf8??
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In this YouTube video, the author says that 10…f6 “leads to disaster”…Why?

Why is that at 10:44 of the video, 10...f6 leads to a disaster? https://youtu.be/BrbChWI89ek [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. O-O Nxe4 6. Re1 d5 7. Bxd5 Qxd5 8. Nc3 Qa5 9. ...