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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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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 discovere …
asked Jan 13 '15 by firtydank
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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 …
asked Mar 19 '15 by firtydank