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Only if you pay the memberships the tactics on chess.com will be good. if you use the free membership you will only get 5 tactics a day. Either use lichess tactics or chesstempo. both are completely free and have many tactics.


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Its a fairly subjective question but their "learning" area is solid, the tactics tool is good for learning pattern recognition quickly. Most sites (lichess etc) have similar functionality. Regarding how effective it is. Its dependent on you. If you learn better by doing. Probably better, if you like theory than book.


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NO. You should learn tactics before playing tactical openings as they are far more subtle and somewhat mixed with positional play. You should study tactics separately and methodically not just solving random tactical problems. You need to do at least ten similar tactics problems after seeing an example of how it works. This will implant the pattern into ...


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Even despite previous claims it is true that chess before 2200-2400 is about 90% tactics. However the understanding is never below tactics as understanding is in tactics so understanding completley outranks tactics. This includes positional play, knowledge of positions and there structures as well as middle game and endgame play as you absolutley need ...


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The tautological "correct" play is to only make moves which make your position better. Your formula makes some assumptions about what is "better," specifically that having fewer pieces on the board is better. This is not always the case. Sometimes you might be trading an active and useful queen for a passive and entrapt queen, which ...


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Is there something wrong with my approach? Yes. This is how I am playing nowadays and can beat ~1500 player 50% of time( rest is due to tactical errors) I mean i do wanna improve my tactical skill but my decision is that once i am able to beat a 1500 player 100% of the time,I will start playing tactical chess. If I am reading this correctly, against 1500 ...


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If you are a player who is skilled in the endgame, it is not always a bad idea to head for an endgame. Magnus Carlsen, a fabulous endgame player who can grind for hours at a seemingly dead drawn position, will do this sometimes- head into an endgame, then push and poke and prod until his opponent collapses. This is certainly a valid approach, especially if ...


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Now is this really the way to play chess? Well, it is certainly a way to play chess. It's the way Aryan Tari chose to play Magnus Carlsen in the Altibox Norway tournament a couple of days ago. Swap as many pieces off as you can, get to a more or less equal endgame, maybe have to survive a bit of pressure then shake hands for a draw. It didn't work out that ...


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The reason bishops are sacrificed is that they are the least likely to be stopped from being sacrificed, compared to a knight or a pawn for whom the a6 / h6 takes 4 moves. The bishop sacrifice is usually not stopped from a direct threat to the king (except for the French Defence), Another reason: a bishop sacrifice opens up the opponent's king more. Also ...


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I am trying to give an answer from a practical point of view. (Disclaimer: the answer is essentially opinion based). Let us look at the thought process when one plays chess. Suppose it is your turn to move. What you look for depends a lot on the position at hand (and your playing style). You would notice the tactical and/or positional resources first (your ...


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In Joosep Grents's wonderful biography on Paul Keres, there is a brief first-hand account of tactics training in that time period. For background, Paul was a contemporary of Alekhine and almost played him for the World Champion title, but the match never materialized. Here's what Paul Keres had to say about training tactics in the 1930s (emphasis mine): I ...


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The short answer is that when you reach the point where you aren't making major tactical mistakes but are still losing. In practice that's around 1900-2000 (online ratings about 2200). My opinion is that beginners should have a basic understanding of positional ideas. For example, you should know what doubled pawns are but you shouldn't start trying to build ...


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It may seem that way because masters would make sacrifices based on their judgement of how well it work. Beginners often make sacrifices that are total nonsense. They might beat some other weak player with it but against a decent player they lose with such nonsense. New kids just learning who have some skill already, often fall in love with nonsense ...


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Not worth it. Tactic used by low rated players which might work against other low rated players but would fail to a halfway decent player. Run the position through an engine of your choice and see what it says. No official name but patzer fish rookie beginner could work. Can not comment. @David Bateman: If those ratings are online then they are barely ...


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