Tactics Trainer

Tactics Trainer

FangBo
FangBo
Apr 4, 2018, 2:45 AM |
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Hello all!

Here is a quick post with some puzzles from tactics trainer that I found interesting. I think that to improve at tactics, it is important to be slow and thorough in your approach. If you go with an obvious or instinctual move, then sometimes it will be right, but more often the case is that you were deceived by the position, and there was a defence that you overlooked. 

When you first see the position, you will instantaneously make many subconscious judgements about the tactical elements of the position, for example you will notice far advanced pawns, knight forks and loose pieces (among other elements) and you will then probably look for checks, captures and threats. This is the order of priority when it comes to tactics, because they are forcing moves, which limit your opponent`s options, and so calculating concrete variations is easier with these types of moves. What I suggest you do with each position, and from my own experience I have found I have a higher success rate with, is to naturally come up with about 3 candidate moves. These moves should be the ones that jump out at you like THIS. Then calculate as many lines as is necessary until you can confirm that the move is either definitely correct, or definitely wrong. Of course there will be some positions where no matter how hard you try, you just won`t have been exposed enough to the patterns involed, and so you can expect to get some wrong. With these ones, you should probably test yourself on the same position in about a month`s time, to see if you remember the ideas.

Here are 2 puzzles that I got wrong:

 

 
 

 

Here are 2 puzzles that I got right:

 

 

 

Today I got 15/26 right, so not a great statistic, but I feel that I have made some progress in developing my tactical skills, and I will be back another day. I hope you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment (and I will try to respond).