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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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In the board game Go, for instance, it is often of great importance whether or not a stone can be captured in a so-called "ladder" (an often complicated formation). One of the things that separates pr …
asked Aug 28 '12 by Tom Au
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Perhaps I've used the wrong term, but I'll describe what a "flanker" is. In the Queen's Gambit, there is often the possibility for White to sacrifice a bishop on h7. 1.Bxh7+ Kxh7 2.Ng5+ Kg8 3.Qh5 Kf …
asked Apr 29 '13 by Tom Au
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sacrifices were soundly based on positional considerations. How well do these tactics work for amateurs? Do many make "correct" sacrifices (from the master point of view) and then lose because of …
asked Jul 25 '15 by Tom Au
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This is not an "origins" question like this one: What are the origins of the words 'zwischenzug' and 'zugzwang'? I know enough German to know that the term means "in between move." Another translatio …
asked Feb 19 '13 by Tom Au