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Help me with Tactics Please

  • #1
    I am dumbfounded. I have been playing for a long time and I play a open type game as white, I always have and I know pawn structure, weak square and color complexes and general strategy much more than I used to. Ever since I started playing the French those things started to make sense. I think I am much more of a planning and controlled player than I used to be and I have improved. I suck at TT!! I am used to playing the role from the beginning and knowing the board and where a tactical shot might occur. I can't do that in TT. I have to rush to a decision and I am wrong much more than I would like to be. I take some time to make sure that I am right and I loose points because I took to long. In a game I just try to take care of my position and take advantage of any weakness they have and tactics seem to appear. Every one says that tactics are the key to getting better. So! I am looking for help in understanding what I am doing wrong so I can improve
  • #2
    Considering all checks and captures is key when playing, and even more so when doing puzzles. Most puzzles here are a combination of both, usually leading to mate or the win of material. There's always a hint in the position right from the start. For instance an unprotected piece, or a king short on squares. Knowing tactically motifs and being able to spot them is a must. If you consider the checks and captures, and I mean all captures including sacs instinctively, you will start to get more puzzles right
  • #3

    Don't worry  about the points, just take your time  and  get  it done right not fast 

  • #4
    A good tip would be to relax and look at the whole board. Then identify things like hanging pieces, pins, possible checkmates (e.g. Rook and queen) or ways to gain material (e.g. Forks, skewers). Then make your move and learn your mistake if it's wrong.
  • #5

    I am coming to help you with tactics

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  • #8

    I was going to suggest going to unrated mode and reviewing missed tactics, but then I realized you have done only 431.  You just need to spend some more time on the TT.  I'm not saying jump on the first move you think might work, but I figured with two posts on the subject that you had done thousands of problems and you haven't.  My  suggestion would be to bang out a few thousand problems and then review in unrated mode.  All the pressure is off and maybe you can identify a few areas that need improvement.

  • #9

    Does tactics trainer give you different-difficulty tactics based on your tactics rating?

     

    If not, then why would anyone care about finishing the tactics puzzle fast; just take your time and do them correctly.  If you are a slower tactics person, just pick tournament with slwoer time control in real life.

     

  • #10

    On the TT at chess.com, I suggest ignoring the ratings and the pressure to make a quick decision.  For a long time we've been complaining about this site's TT, where you can be given a mate-in-one problem and gain a lot of points, a tricky multi-move problem where you gain 1 point if you don't solve it in 7 seconds, or be given a 5-move problem where you are severely penalized for missing the 5th move. Personally, I prefer another site where the rating algorithm makes sense, the problems are a little harder, you can afterward play over the actual game the problem came from, and where you can choose between no-time-pressure, partial-time-pressure, or full time pressure.  I also suggest learning all the tactical motifs at these sites:

    https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-tactics--definitions-and-examples

    https://chesstempo.com/tactical-motifs.html

     

  • #11

    Get a good book on tactics

  • #12

    you are 40-4 in daily chess and horrid 1200 player otherwise; you stole those points; terrible; put away your engine and learn something; nobody acquires your ratings without acing TT in the dark, so put your excuses aside; lies do not work in chess.

  • #13
    MickinMD wrote:

    On the TT at chess.com, I suggest ignoring the ratings and the pressure to make a quick decision.  For a long time we've been complaining about this site's TT, where you can be given a mate-in-one problem and gain a lot of points, a tricky multi-move problem where you gain 1 point if you don't solve it in 7 seconds, or be given a 5-move problem where you are severely penalized for missing the 5th move. Personally, I prefer another site where the rating algorithm makes sense, the problems are a little harder, you can afterward play over the actual game the problem came from, and where you can choose between no-time-pressure, partial-time-pressure, or full time pressure.  I also suggest learning all the tactical motifs at these sites:

    https://www.chess.com/article/view/chess-tactics--definitions-and-examples

    https://chesstempo.com/tactical-motifs.html

     

    I can agree with this strongly. Also you might get a problem where you get 2 points for getting it right but lose 12 for getting it wrong. Or as you say you get a tricky problem and get 4 of 5 moves right yet lose points. Although it depends what you define as tricky.

     

    But if you can afford it I'd suggest diamond membership. When considering which of the paid options to go for I went for Diamond because of unlimited tactics and lessons. But if 25 a day is enough for you and you don't care for videos get the cheaper option. See what suits you.

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