10558 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Great stuff Mark :-)
I'll go so far as to say that the chess.com Tactics Trainer is un-helpful for chess improvement.
Practising tactics with a timer can probably help you to get better at blitz, but it won't make you a stronger player (especially in regular tournament games). If your goal is to become a generally stronger player all the training literature says to play slow games, and take your time doing tactics problems. If you're relying on intuition/guessing to get tactics right, you're probably not improving.
I've seen this enough times on TT that I've decided to refute it as often as a I see it.
"The goal of studying basic tactics repeatedly is not to be able to solve them; we assume most players can do that easily. The goal is to be able to quickly and accurately recognize them when they show up in a game, unannounced."
- Dan Heisman
My favorite analogy is the multiplication table and math. You can't get good at algebra and calculus if you're still solving 7*8 instead of just knowing it. Well, I guess theoretically you could (since calculators exist) but you'll be spending time on the "easy" stuff instead of on the bigger ideas.
The goal is to be able to quickly and accurately recognize them when they show up in a game, unannounced.
The only way to get that ACCURACY is to first take your time and understand the problem and then, with experience, you get faster.
If you train yourself to make a move before calculating it out properly just to be faster based on a TT clock, what do you think is going to happen during a game?!
No, better is to take your time and calculate accurately than rush into what you think might be right.
Analogies are usually flawed imo, as the math one here is. Sure, in math you memorise multiplication table instead of trying to calculate out basic math such as 7*8, naturally. However, in chess, the exact problem almost never shows up again in perfect repetition, so memorising positions and the answers to them (analagous to 7*8), just doesn't work. The same themes do re-cur, and when you see them, you need to STOP and calculate them out accurately before playing them.
Example of what I mean:
Here, we learn a pattern, a theme.
Ne7+, Kh8, Qxh7+, Kxh7, Rh1 is MATE.
Then we encounter a similarity in our own game:
We know the theme, 7*8 right, so bam, Ne7+, Kh8, Qxh7+, Kxh7, Rh1, smile... and Bh6 and OMG ooops. I just lost.
Much better to take the time to calculate carefully, not rely on memorised 'math tables'.
4/18/2014 - Steinikov - Jaskoy, USSR 1988
by chief a few minutes ago
by rajnikant001 3 minutes ago
Can't play live chess
by SocialPanda 3 minutes ago
by DaanNoordenbos 7 minutes ago
Abandoned Games - 5 minutes to reconnect
by diptapriyo 11 minutes ago
STARBUCKS offers chess sets
by andy277 12 minutes ago
Can black win?
by deogee67 12 minutes ago
What do you feel about players that do perpetual checks when they are losing?
by SocialPanda 13 minutes ago
A porous backrank
by ebillgo 13 minutes ago
Free 10 day premium trial
by Da-Waaagh 19 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!