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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 Chess.com's Tactics Trainer:
Watch the following chess videos:
Watch all the videos from this guide:
Do These Chess Mentor Courses:
Exclusively Checkmates: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=5
Introduction to Tactics: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=4
Essential Checkmate Patterns: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=25
Champion Tactics with GM Wolff series:
Pins and Skewers: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=274
Double Attack: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=275
Discovered Check & Double Check: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=276
Deflecting the Defender: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=277
Clearance Sacrifice: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=278
In-Between Moves: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=279
Misplaced Pieces: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=281
Back Rank Mate: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=282
Smother Tactics: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=283
That should keep you busy for a while :)
You are welcome!
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
But diamond membership is definitely worth the cost :)
Too bad it's only for premium members
Thanks for the terrific resource.
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!
thanks for the advice :)
This is a great regimen to use to improve tactics.
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