Resources for Improving Tactical Skill Part 1

I frequently receive messages from individuals seeking advice regarding improving tactical skill. Instead of answering the same question again and again, I thought I'd just write a blog post regarding this topic.

I can summarize the answer by repeating the same word three times: practice, practice, practice!

Pattern recognization along with grasping the basics of analyzing is all it takes to improve tactics. It is important you understand common tactical patterns and solve hundreds of tactics puzzles.


Homework Plan for Under 1400 USCF/FIDE Chess Players for Improving Tactics:

* Spend 30 minutes DAILY doing problems from's Tactics Trainer:


Watch the following chess videos:

Watch all the videos from this guide:


Do These Chess Mentor Courses:


Exclusively Checkmates:

Introduction to Tactics:

Essential Checkmate Patterns:

Champion Tactics with GM Wolff series:


Pins and Skewers:

Double Attack:

Discovered Check & Double Check:

Deflecting the Defender:

Clearance Sacrifice:

In-Between Moves:


Misplaced Pieces:

Back Rank Mate:

Smother Tactics:


That should keep you busy for a while :)



  • 4 years ago


    You are welcome!

  • 4 years ago


    Glad I found this Genius.I am a fairly strong player but my tactics have been faltering as of late.This has helped me get back on track. Sometimes you have to go back to basics in order to go forward.(One step back,Two steps forward)Thank you Smile

  • 4 years ago


    But diamond membership is definitely worth the cost :)

  • 4 years ago


    Too bad it's only for premium members

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks for the terrific resource.

  • 4 years ago


    Wow! What a terrific resource! I'm happy I stumbled upon your profile when looking around! I am quite sure this will be very helpful! I'm glad I'm doing one thing right. Practice, practice, practice. I'm trying to do at least 15 minutes of tactics daily as well! Thank you again for posting this!

  • 4 years ago


    thanks for the advice :)

  • 4 years ago


    This is a great regimen to use to improve tactics.

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