Mastery: Tactics

Improve Your Puzzle Rush

Improve Your Puzzle Rush

Are you excited about Puzzle Rush? Thousands of chess players are hooked on this incredibly fun and fast-paced tactical training on Chess.com. GM Simon Williams, a tactical whiz himself, shows some of the common themes in Puzzle Rush challenges. Join us and pump up your Puzzle Rush score!

  • Qa4 & Qa5

    Why should you study puzzles? To get a better score at Puzzle Rush, of course, and sharpen your own game at the same time! GM Simon Williams shows you some puzzle patterns that are sure to come up in Puzzle Rush and in your future chess games in his latest series!

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Discovered Check

    Sharpen your tactical eye in this video to spot deadly discovered attacks in Puzzle Rush! Just lean back, learn, and watch your Puzzle Rush Score and rating rise.

    • 11 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Queen Traps

    Want to get your Puzzle Rush score to a new all-time high? This video will teach you how to spot queen traps in the Puzzle Rush environment so you never miss this tactic again.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Remove the Defender

    A great way to get better at Puzzle Rush is to spot ways to remove key defenders. Learn how to quickly scan the board for these opportunities and then spot them in your Puzzle Rushes and chess games.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Loose Pieces

    One of the quickest ways to get better at Puzzle Rush is to recognize loose pieces, both your opponent's pieces as well as your own! Learn how to quickly scan the board for these opportunities and work your way up the Puzzle Rush leaderboard.

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Seal The King

    The goal of chess is checkmate, so of course Puzzle Rush has plenty of checkmate problems. One tricky type of mate problem is about sealing off the king's escape route. You can't just look for a good check or capture, but you must make sure that you'll have mate soon. Practice these tricky positions and improve your scores!

    • 12 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Playing Puzzle Rush

    Now that you've studied the basics, let's try putting it all together! See if you can keep up with Simon as he talks his way through Puzzle Rush himself. Afterwards you can try to beat his scores!

    • 13 min
    • 5 challenges
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