Admittedly, at the moment I have far more spare time than I am used to so I have been using it well to try and improve my game. Last year, I was unable to devote any time at all to chess and was so disillusioned by my failure to improve, I actually gave up for a year. I returned in May, refreshed and ready to go. I have enrolled on a course, and I spend a lot of time a day on strategical training, endgame training and analysis of positions. My most enjoyable (and frustrating) time though is spent on tactical problems. The following game, which I completed yesterday will explain why. The variations are enlightening.
Now, as I said earlier, I do have a lot of spare time right now and that could very well change in the near future. So, I am making the most of it now. In one day, I am attempting:
25 tactical puzzles on chess.com
25 tactical puzzles on chesstempo.com
At least one unit on Chessimo
Today, I was presented with this puzzle:
What a tremendous puzzle! I haven't put the moves in but I will give the clue that afterwards (when I made the wrong final move), I went to all my chess programs and changed the setting that made all pawn promotions automatically become a Queen. I learned something. It may be an obvious point to many but I have finally caught up.
Tactics are fun, frustrating, rewarding, irritating, amusing and often tedious. But they are never a waste of time.
Have you done your tactical training today?