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"It only got me to 1500-1600 OTB before I figured that mastering tactics only makes you really exceptional at being average"
I completely disagree with your post, every word. You can be a world class grand master on tactical abilities alone. The only name i have to mention is Mikhail Tal. Also, the strongest players of the world are all computers, and computers use tactics.
"I just want to say in warning that there's a point where you need to move from, for example, algebra to calculus. Algebra can only get you so far. Likewise in chess, there's a point where you need to move from introductory chess study, namely solving tactics and building a good tactical prowess, to studying endgame techniques"
This analogy is completely wrong. Why? Because Tactics is to chess what mathematics is to Rocket science. Your analogy is likening Math to ....Math. You are not to study tactics and then move on like there is more important things to study. No, you study tactics so that you can learn the deeper meanings to the endgame, of strategy and the opening. Example. Take any chess strategy book and open it up. Look at the games notation and then look at all the analysis inbetween the moves. Those are the tactics. The buidling blocks of chess strategy is tactics.
BULLCRAP,no offence but i had a friend named kenny Mcdonald who went to jail.He was rated 1722 when he went in 2 years later after his sister brought him a book called The Encyclopedia of middle game combinations and when he came out he achieved a 2413 rating uscf so dont tell me tactics are over rated..I asked him how did you get so good he said 3 words to me...Tactics Tactics Tactics!!!
I certainly believe in the importance of tactics, but I must say that there was a lot more to Mikhail Tal than just tactics.
A GM once told me .Shut your fat face and listen to this and youll be better then anyone.If chess were a car,The openings would be the paint job.The body would be the position (ie) structure.The endgame would be the wheels that which determins the ultimate direction you will land in or end up in.The steering wheel would be your mind trying to keep all this crap going at once.But tactics,tactics my friend is your engine!The more you studdy the bigger that son of a b@#$ch gets.Ultimately tactics is your chess engine deciding just how powerful you are at driving.Without the engine the car just sits ,paintjob weeellll you can win without openings Tires yes endgames matter alot .Body of car yes positional is great but wont beat a moped withouth the engine.He went to jail in 1973 as a 1700 player his wife bought him 1 book the encyclopedia of middlegame combinations 2788 combinations 2 to 13 moves deep,when he got out in 1976 his rating was 2325 he said if he even smelled a combination BOOM !!game over lol true story He said the rest of the challenge was understanding strategy and endgame yes but he said he was studyind those topics for 23 years and only made it to 1700 so you tell me whats more important
If you are watching GM's tournament closely, you can notice most of games decided by tactics.
i agree that people who do exclusively tactics are basically doomed.
in fact, not doing any tactics and having a good positional sense will in general get better results.
but for the sake of my ego, i cannot be bad at tactics. and i know that i can pick up postional chess and endgame technizque anytime i want.
i agree that people who do exclusively tactics are basically doomed to win tournaments and accolades.
in fact, not doing any tactics and having a good positional sense will in general get better results if your goal is to lose many more games than you win.
I would rather play a man with low tactical knowledge than a man with low strategy knowledge.
but then positional sense is assumed. tactics come into play only if the position is good.
it's like in football. no way you're going to win with a good striker, if your midfield is bad. however, if your midfield is good, then chances are that you can win even with a mediocre striker.
Yeah, I exaggerated when I said win tournaments. But all it takes is one tactical slip to lose a game.
You can't separate tactics from strategy during a game really, they're interwoven all the time. If you want to make a football analogy I'd say tactics are more like being in good physical condition. If you're physically fit enough to play a whole game, then you're able to implement whatever strategy/knowledge/skill you like. But if you're 70 years old then it doesn't matter how good you are otherwise, you can't play football as well as a 20 year old.
i think that not only emphasizes the importance of tactics but also the advantages of going to jail
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