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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 have been teaching my wife tactics, we are doing the book by Fred Reinfeld "1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations". We are still in the first chapter which discusses pins and I can tell … progression, simple and hard puzzles are mixed together. On the other hand I came upon the book "Tactics Time" by Tim Brennan and Anthea Carson. This book has the advantage that all the puzzles come …
asked Nov 13 '15 by Sergio Romero
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I recently started to teach the game to my wife, yay for me :) So now she's somewhat comfortable with how the pieces move and the basic opening principles but as soon as she gets to the middle game sh …
asked Oct 6 '15 by Sergio Romero
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I have been furiously solving tactical puzzles for 6 weeks now and about three weeks ago I reactivated my account on chess.com. Long story short I have seen my "rating" go from 1280 to 1590 during th …
asked Dec 9 '15 by Sergio Romero