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3 Tips To Solve Tactics

3 Tips To Solve Tactics

hellokostya
| 17 | For Beginners

The best way to improve your tactical skill is through practice; the more you solve, the stronger you'll become. If you're not sure how to go about solving tactics, this three step guide is for you:

  • First, look at all the possible checks in the position. Checkmate ends the game, so your first priority should be to look for any potential mating ideas. By looking at checks first, you're going to see moves that can force your opponent's king out in the open or into a corner/possible mating net. 
  • Second, look at all possible captures. If you're unable to set up a mating combination, captures are your next best bet, as they are also a type of forcing move. Don't be afraid to consider sacrifices -- many combinations start with a sacrifice in order to win even more material.
  • Third, look for undefended or vulnerable pieces. If one or more of your opponent's pieces are undefended, there's a good chance they can be vulnerable to a double attack. By "scanning" the board for unprotected pieces, your mind may make connections between potential tactical ideas that you otherwise may have missed. Often a tactical combination will involve a check, capture, AND an undefended piece or two!

If you are new to solving tactics, check out this video series on tactical patterns to boost your knowledge of the most common tactics in chess. Remember, consistently solving puzzles is the best way to improve your tactical vision, check out Chess.com's Tactics Trainer today!

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IM Kostya Kavutskiy is a professional chess author, journalist, coach, commentator, and player. As a part of Chess.com's content team since 2009, Kostya has recorded many video lectures, covered elite tournaments, written instructive articles & blogs, and has done many live commentary shows for Chess TV. Kostya has also written a number of articles for Chess Life magazine and Chess Life Online, and is currently an instructor for Chess University. In 2015, Modernized: The Open Sicilian was released, which Kostya co-authored with IM Zhanibek Amanov. Kostya's tournament accomplishments include winning the 2014 Southern California Closed Championship, as well as achieving his IM title in November 2016. In April 2017, he placed 6th in the star-studded 2017 Reykjavik Open. He currently resides in Mountain View, CA, and his plans are to pursue the GM title while working actively as a coach.

 

 

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