Basic Tactics: Six Exercises
How fast can you solve these six exercises?
I have used these positions for the past fourteen years as a first step in tactics training for young chess players. Some students have solved them quickly. Others have found them notoriously difficult. When I first created them as problems, I was an USCF C Class player and thought the exercises were elementary.
Maybe I was wrong. Maybe these are challenging.
In recent years, I have been creating hundreds more exercises that are much simpler. Rather than telling students the answers to those presented here, I hope to present them with others that they can solve, and that will lead them to the correct answers.
If you find any of these six difficult, you might want to consider my book containing 150 easier exercises.