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It is important to try and study tactics on a daily basis if possible, even if it is only for 10 minutesa day. One website that I like is www.habitforge.com. This was recommended by Tim Ferriss in“The Four Hour Body” as a great site for building new habits in to your life. What you do is setup a new habit such as “Study tactics for at least 10 minutes” and every day the website willemail you asking if you did it or not. You answer “yes” or “no” and it will track how many daysyou have completed your goal.
There are many ways to study chess tactics. I personally have used books, websites, magazines,software and videos. There is no right or wrong way. The key is focus and repetition. If I had tochoose one method, I would probably choose software. The key advantage of software is that itis interactive, less likely to contain mistakes, and allows you to use computer analysis tounderstand the position if needed.
Studying tactics should be fun. If they are not fun, try a different approach. Some tactics areamazingly beautiful such as windmill tactics, under promotions or smothered mates.
Look for patterns in your games, and in the tactical puzzles that you solve for the types of tacticsthat you miss. For example I tend to miss pawn forks. Another friend of mine is weak on matingnets. Once you identify a weakness, work on that area to eliminate it.
Teach the basic chess tactics to a friend or child that is interested in learning the game. Whenyou teach something, two people learn. Being able to teach it, will ensure that you reallyunderstand the concept yourself.
Publish tactics from your own games, and the games of others. I first started “Tactics Time” as acolumn in the Colorado Chess Informant, which is the official state magazine of the ColoradoState Chess Association. I would publish 9 positions from games played in Colorado with a“White to Move” or “Black to Move”, and would try to give funny/amusing answers to eachquestion. Writing a tactics column forced me to go through a lot of chess player games, and seewhat kind of tactical mistakes they were making.
http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman109.pdf Dan Heisman wrote an interesting “NoviceNook” article on “Tactical Sets and Goals”. He discusses his idea that there are four differentlevels of understanding to a chess tactic starting with being able to figure it out, to knowing itwhen presented as a problem, to being able to see it in a game (without having the addedknowledge that a tactic is in fact there), etc. I like his analogies of chess problems to mathproblems such as “knowing that 8x7=56” versus having to compute it.
http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman106.pdf Another good Heisman article where hestresses the importance of preventing your opponent’s tactics, and not just offensive tactics,and how to tell if a move is safe or not.
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