Beastie Blog #2: Tactical Awareness
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Beastie Blog #2: Tactical Awareness

ZugzwangBeast
ZugzwangBeast
Feb 19, 2018, 8:57 AM |
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Hello fellow Chess Beasts,

This past week, I haven't had any time to do much chess study due to it being crunch time with school (last few weeks of the current semester).  I have been doing lots of tactics throughout the day though with over 100 tactics some days (it's great to have chess.com's mobile app for quick tactics problems anytime).  The plan for this week is to finish up with school so that I can open some books chess-wise.  School and family (not necessarily in that order) for me will always come first.  I love chess and always will.  Starting 3/1, I will be able to focus much more on the game we all love.  

Tactics are an ever important aspect of chess.  They say 99% of chess is tactics and some say the other 50% is strategy.  I would have to absolutely agree.  For tactics to come about, your pieces usually have to be on positionally good squares.  There are always exceptions, like when your opponent places their pieces so kindly in a position so that you can win material or when they self-mate, but generally that is the case.  

This is one my games from last night's stream.  I lost the game, but it was a very tactical and crazy game.  It was only a 10 min game so in the time crunch certain things were missed, mainly the rook mate at the end.  I will try to get an analysis out of this game soon (hard to find time with school atm).  Sometimes when a piece doesn't move for much of the entire game, you can forget about it even though it's staring you in the face.  I'm hoping to hit 2050 in tactics in tonight's stream as well as aim for 1600 in blitz. 

 

Chess Beasts unite tonight at 8 pm EST (5 pm PST) at twitch.tv/zugzwangbeast

See you there,

Kenneth
ZugzwangBeast