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The Beginner's Guide: Learn the Tactics

Today I would like to share with you a lecture I prepared for all beginner and intermediate chess players. Many beginners often ask how they should approach tactics and get better at them. This question is always a tricky one as there are many factors involved.  It is also not so easy to always recognise the right patterns that present an opportunity to make a successful tactic.

The truth is, most tactics mainly depend on three significant factors

1) Attacking possibilities (files, diagonals, etc.) 

2) Weaknesses in the enemy’s camp, and

3) Strong piece coordination.

Learning how to gain a strong momentum and achieve all the above qualities may prove a difficult task especially for beginner or intermediate chess players.

In the video below, you will be able to see some of the major concepts you should keep in mind when it comes to creation of tactical opportunities, and the execution thereof. 

In conclusion, I would like to let you know that tactics are essential for any chess player. Practicing tactics and developing the ability to recognize them is just as vital as knowing how to develop in the opening or plan in the middlegame.

Please check my Training DVD series dealing with this subject and sharpen your tactical flair. The link to the Training DVD series is http://www.tigerlilov.com/chessbase-dvds.


  • 17 months ago


    I loved this video, and have watched the others. Do more like this please!

  • 23 months ago


    Thanks this helped make a simple concept more concrete.

  • 23 months ago


    very useful. Thank you!

  • 23 months ago


    Not bad

  • 23 months ago


    thnx tigerlilov for the wonderful video presentation..

  • 23 months ago

    IM TigerLilov

    WallyJay, there are a lot of motifs in the position. Black's king in the center, his badly coordinated pieces, etc.

  • 23 months ago


    Thank you TigerLilov for another helpful video.

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