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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How to play better with Knight?

I'm solving tactics on http://chesstempo.com . One of the things that I struggle with, is tactics involving moving the Knight several times. I find it very odd to calculate Knight movement beyond the ...
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What are some common tactics that arise when black has played h6?

What are some common tactics or ideas that arise when black has played h6 (or white has played h3) in front of his castled king? An example I have in mind is, in this position, white can win a pawn ...
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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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An unnecessary threat?

I found myself in a game with this position. Last Black's move was a Queenside castle, which let him a little bit uncovered. My first spontaneous move idea (which I finally played, because of time ...
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Are mind games effective?

If you want a quick match and need a way to put off your opponent early on, what sort of tactics can i use to mess with their head? I am specifically interested in the opening and middlegame, however ...
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How should black play to save this endgame?

Recently I've played a game (with blacks) which ended with this position (White to move) : [fen "3rk3/p1R2ppp/2p5/8/P1K5/8/1P3PPP/8 w - - 0 1"] It's clear that White player can't protect his pawns ...
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Does three-player chess have any special tactics I should know about?

In chess, attacking the centre and using major pieces to support minor pieces to support pawns are common tactics. In three-player chess the game is more complex. Should I be taking the centre, ...
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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 does chess.com's tactics player avoid taking the queen in this problem?

Why can't the black pawn take the queen at h6? Instead the computer makes the king go to g8.
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What's a really good tactic trainer rating on chess.com for a Candidate Master?

I'm currently a Class B with a TT rating of 2100. I would like to aim to become a 2100 with norm of Candidate Master. What tactic rating does a CM usually have? How strong are Expert class chess ...
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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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Why using the queen is not a good idea in this case?

I am a new [and a late] comer to chess. I started practicing on chessacademy.com where I got this exercise: r1bqk1nr/ppp2pp1/4p2p/8/1bPnN3/5N2/PP1B1PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 1 13 According to the site, ...
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How to practice tactics correctly? [duplicate]

When it comes to tactics training what is the best approach to optimize results? I've recently started only doing really hard puzzles, the only immediate change is it obviously take me a lot longer ...
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Bullet rating fluctuations

I play on chess.com and I noticed that at some times I am getting beaten by 1700 pretty easily but other times I can beat 1900 with almost no effort. I broke my record and passed 2000 in bullet ...
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How to develop tactical and combinational awareness?

Most of my learning comes from trial-and-error sort of self-teaching. I cannot say I am completely blind to tactics and combinations, but, while solving puzzles (approx. ~1600+) I tend to miss ...
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How to gain material by trading pieces?

So, I am learning the basics on trading pieces, but can someone please give me tips on the "Art of trading pieces with material gain". I know a concept called overloading, but are there any other ...
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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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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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Shocking queen sacrifices?

I am a chess beginner and I find queen sacrifices are the most shocking moves I have ever seen. Please, can you provide me with some shocking examples of queen sacrifices. It need not be a big list, ...
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Chess knowledge and understanding [duplicate]

I am not a beginner, but I am absolutely not a practicing chess player, although I would like for that to change. I am inquiring about which direction I should take in advancing my abilities and ...
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Moving pawns which are defending the king

Is f4 a good move here? [Title ""] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r2qk1nr/pbp3pp/1p2p/4b/4P/2N/PPP2PPP/R1BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1"] 1. f4 On the one hand, many times you would move like this way to attack some ...
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Top chess books and online software that would help me increase my rating

My current rating is 1200 and I had stopped chess for some time due to school exam pressure. What steps should I take to increase my rating? I do tactics from chess.com everyday. Please suggest some ...
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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 15-...
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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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King taking pieces when check

Why can the white king not take the queen here?
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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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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 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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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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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 White'...
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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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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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How to play for a draw

In this video: Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen Round 1 - 2013 Candidates Chess Tournament [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 And now, Kevin said: "You can tell that the game is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Online defensive tactics training problems?

I've been doing the tactics problems at jrobichess.com and shredderchess.com pretty regularly, and recently added chesstempo.com. I find I'm much better at attacking tactics than defensive tactics: ...
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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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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 discovered ...