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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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I like http://chesstempo.com and http://chess.emrald.net Are there any others?
asked May 2 '12 by xaisoft
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Taking time control into account, how long should one take when looking for a combination? Also, what factors should one consider when looking for a combination?
asked May 17 '12 by xaisoft
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I have not played enough or practiced enough on ChessTempo to really notice a difference in my tactical ability, but I am probably certain that if you spend enough time and I am not sure how long this …
answered Nov 29 '12 by xaisoft
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Can someone explain the x-ray tactical motif? I have looked at this example, but I still don't understand it fully. If you can provide other examples, that would be great too.
asked Jan 7 '13 by xaisoft
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I was taking a look at the tactical motifs on chess tempo and I was curious to know which motifs are encountered most often and which motifs are encountered the least? Are their statistics for this?
asked Jul 2 '12 by xaisoft
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This whole sequence is bad for white. The minor pieces are stronger at such an early stage of the game. White has virtually no development, while black now has more development and tempo. Almost an …
answered Dec 5 '12 by xaisoft
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Keep in mind that I am no expert, but these players know opening theory so well that they know the exact types of moves to make and positions to get in to achieve a draw. No one goes into the game (W …
answered Mar 24 '13 by xaisoft
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a combination or tactics. This what my thought process from move 16 was. There are probably multiple mistakes made in the game, but I am not looking for a complete analysis. 16. Bc2 - staring down …
asked Jan 3 '13 by xaisoft
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Does one style of play have an advantage/disadvantage over the other? Are today's GMs mostly tactical players or positional players? What GMs should I follow if I want to be more of a tactical playe …
asked Jun 9 '12 by xaisoft
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I think you partially answered your question. The main fact that you can "...execute tactics now without thinking..." is definitely a good start. Also that fact that you said, it "feels right" is … also a good start although you don't really want to play a tactic just because it "feels right". Information on tactics can be found from Louis Holtzhausen site at http://www.chess-strategies …
answered Jul 23 '12 by xaisoft