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How do you solve chess tactics?

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Do you just grind them, or do you save some of the chess tactics that you miss?

Do you ever annotate your chess tactics?

Do you try to remember certain patterns and main ideas? Do you categorize your tactics by forks, pins, zugzwang, etc.?

How do you recommend we train tactics puzzles?

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There is an article about tactics training at ChessTempo.com

http://www.apronus.com/chess/trainingtactics.htm

It deals with some of the issues raised in the question.

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Look for checks, captures, and threats.

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Visualize where a tactic is possible. Can I pin the knight by moving my bishop here, and will it not leave my position vulnerable? Or, can I force the queen to move to this square, so I can checkmate/produce a royal fork/get him to resign/etc.


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How do you solve chess tactics?

up vote 14 down vote

Do you just grind them, or do you save some of the chess tactics that you miss?

Do you ever annotate your chess tactics?

Do you try to remember certain patterns and main ideas? Do you categorize your tactics by forks, pins, zugzwang, etc.?

How do you recommend we train tactics puzzles?


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There is an article about tactics training at ChessTempo.com

http://www.apronus.com/chess/trainingtactics.htm

It deals with some of the issues raised in the question.

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Thank you for this great link. It pretty much answers everything I had in mind and gives me a big picture about chess. - Sorin Solberg Jul 31 '17 at 8:39

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