Finding Tricky Tactics

Finding Tricky Tactics

Get ready for some tough tactics!

Looking to stretch your calculating abilities? Then this is the course for you! This module is intended to challenge your mind so that you can spot unique solutions to chess situations. In most cases, you can't find the right move by "normal" means. The positions are drawn from my book "Awesome Chess Moves" (Cardoza). The book contains much more analysis than can be presented here, but the main goal is to get you to consider moves that may seem outrageous and see how they work. Start finding unusual solutions to chess problems today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Improve your calculating abilities!
  • Find creative solutions to tricky tactics!
  • Challenge your mind and tactical vision!

Chigorin vs. Mortimer, 1900

This is one of those examples where you are inclined to reject the winning move immediately. As such it is very hard to spot the right plan.
9 Challenges

Fox vs. Bauer, 1901

This is a famous position, but because neither player is famous it is often ignored.
4 Challenges

Pillsbury vs. Swiderski

Hannover International 1902
11 Challenges

Maroczy vs. Chigorin 1903

To get to a well defended King you need to remove the defenders while bringing as much attacking force as possible.
7 Challenges

Spielmann vs. Eljaschoff, 1904

You have to be extra careful in a position where both sides have vulnerable kings and major attacks are in progress.
7 Challenges

Janowski vs. Tarrasch, 1905

In most sharp positions it is critically important to explore all candidate moves, especially captures and checks.
7 Challenges

Burn vs. Marshall, 1906

The enemy piece will have reduced value as long as it is not in a useful position.
6 Challenges

Duras vs. Suechting, 1908

As is often the case, the attacking budget of a queen, two rooks and a pawn is much greater than the two defending pawns. So there has to be a forced win somewhere.
6 Challenges

Forgacs vs. Tartakower, 1909

When all attacking forces are mobilized there is usually a way in, you just have to find it.
6 Challenges

Leonhardt vs. Tarrasch, 1910

The basic idea is not hard to find, but you need precision. Often you can see the main idea but miss details on the way.
8 Challenges

Capablanca vs. Bernstein 1911

Capablanca is known as a positional and endgame genius but he also produced many splendid attacking games.
7 Challenges

Schoenmann vs. Johnsen, 1912

This example comes not from the most famous, but from two lower players who combine to produce a masterpiece.
9 Challenges

Nimzowitsch vs. Alapin, 1913

Even strong players get into trouble when they don't castle.
5 Challenges

Nimzowitsch vs. Tarrasch, 1914

At the famous tournament in St. Petersburg the world's best chess players assembled to do battle before a distinguished audience. Tarrasch did not disappoint the crowd with this brilliant example of his attacking prowess.
9 Challenges

Beffie vs. Schelfhout, 1915

We conclude this course with a little-known gem.
6 Challenges

Finding Tricky Tactics

15 Lessons
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107 Challenges
Released October 2, 2009
8,776 Students