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Silman Teaches Tactics (1)

Silman Teaches Tactics (1)

Tactics Time with IM Silman!

Chess coaching legend, IM Jeremy Silman, is back with a series of tricky tactical exercises! The classic challenges in this module contain combinations and tactical material for intermediate and expert level players (1400-2000+). Some challenges here are difficult even for masters and above. However, players of all levels can enjoy and learn from these examples. Improve your tactics today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Advanced tactics!
  • The do's and don'ts of master-level chess!
  • IM Silman walks you through real-life master game examples from the 1980s and 1990s!
A.Friedman-Alburt, Philadelphia 1988

A.Friedman-Alburt, Philadelphia 1988

Good luck solving these tricky problems.
3 Challenges
Rachels-Garcia, U.S. Open 1988

Rachels-Garcia, U.S. Open 1988

Rachels-Garcia, U.S. Open 1988
5 Challenges
Schoen-Hellers, Berlin 1988

Schoen-Hellers, Berlin 1988

Schoen-Hellers, Berlin 1988
5 Challenges
Swinarski-Burns, Santa Barbara 1988

Swinarski-Burns, Santa Barbara 1988

Good luck solving these tricky problems.
4 Challenges
Hug-Fegebank, Biel 1988

Hug-Fegebank, Biel 1988

White to play and win.
5 Challenges
Woodward-Bokhout, Long Beach 1988

Woodward-Bokhout, Long Beach 1988

Woodward-Bokhout, Long Beach 1988
5 Challenges
Wolski-Walker, Santa Barbara 1988

Wolski-Walker, Santa Barbara 1988

Good luck solving these tricky problems!
7 Challenges
Varella-Rao, Long Beach 1988

Varella-Rao, Long Beach 1988

Tactics from Varella Rao LongBeach 1988.
5 Challenges
Christiansen-Blatny, Thessaloniki 1988
9 Challenges
Marin-Foley, Zanesville 1988
6 Challenges
Akhavan-Deleon, Long Beach 1988
3 Challenges
Kabilialkas-Varis, Santa Monica 1989
5 Challenges
Ernst-Berg, Malmo 1989
4 Challenges
Kosten-Gulko, Hastings 1989
6 Challenges
Anand-Spassky, Cannes 1989

Anand-Spassky, Cannes 1989

Anand-Spassky, Cannes 1989
6 Challenges
Yusupov-Short, Barcelona 1989
4 Challenges
Nikolic-Huebner, Barcelona 1989

Nikolic-Huebner, Barcelona 1989

Nikolic vs. Huebner, Barcelona 1989.
5 Challenges
Diamond-S. Rubin, Los Angeles 1989
8 Challenges
Wyatt-Williamson, Los Angeles 1989

Wyatt-Williamson, Los Angeles 1989

Wyatt-Williamson, Los Angeles 1989
3 Challenges
Mirano-Castelliano, Pacific Southwest Open 1989
10 Challenges
Psakhis-Martinovsky, World Open 1989

Psakhis-Martinovsky, World Open 1989

Psakhis-Martinovsky, World Open 1989
4 Challenges
Smagin-Rao, World Open 1989
3 Challenges
Dlugy-Tapper, World Open 1989
4 Challenges
Groszpeter-Radulov, Switzerland 1989
7 Challenges
Fredenburgh-Simes, Southern California Open 1989

Fredenburgh-Simes, Southern California Open 1989

Fredenburgh-Simes, Southern California Open 1989
4 Challenges
Mohawald-Fontenyi, Upland 1989

Mohawald-Fontenyi, Upland 1989

Mohawald-Fontenyi, Upland 1989
5 Challenges
Gelfand-Ftacnik, Debrecen 1989

Gelfand-Ftacnik, Debrecen 1989

White to move and win.
5 Challenges
Machulsky-Malaniuk, Alma Ata 1989
5 Challenges
Vladimirov-Conquest, Alma Ata 1989
5 Challenges
Kuijf-Bouaziz, Lucerne 1989

Kuijf-Bouaziz, Lucerne 1989

Kuijf-Bouaziz, Lucerne 1989
5 Challenges
S. Rubin-Spiller, Santa Monica 1989

S. Rubin-Spiller, Santa Monica 1989

S. Rubin-Spiller, Santa Monica 1989
5 Challenges
McCambridge-DeFirmian, American Open 1989

McCambridge-DeFirmian, American Open 1989

McCambridge-DeFirmian, American Open 1989
3 Challenges
Akopyan-Anastasian, Tbilisi 1989

Akopyan-Anastasian, Tbilisi 1989

Akopyan-Anastasian, Tbilisi 1989
6 Challenges
Panditrao-Wagh, India 1989

Panditrao-Wagh, India 1989

Panditrao-Wagh, India 1989
4 Challenges
Dlugy-Nijboer, Wijk aan Zee 1990
6 Challenges
Dolmatov-P.Nikolich, Moscow 1990
6 Challenges
Spraggett-Speelman, Hastings 1989

Spraggett-Speelman, Hastings 1989

Spraggett-Speelman, Hastings 1989
3 Challenges
Benjamin-Suba, Reykjavik 1990

Benjamin-Suba, Reykjavik 1990

Benjamin-Suba, Reykjavik 1990
4 Challenges
Fedorowicz-Vaganian, Reykjavik 1990
4 Challenges
Battsetseg-Tanima, Doha 1990

Battsetseg-Tanima, Doha 1990

Battsetseg-Tanima, Doha 1990
11 Challenges
Walsh-M. Andersson, Santa Monica 1990
6 Challenges
Beliavsky-Eingorn, Moscow 1990
8 Challenges
Christiansen-Bonin, New York 1990
6 Challenges
P. Montgomery-W. Doe, Oxnard 1990

P. Montgomery-W. Doe, Oxnard 1990

P. Montgomery-W. Doe, Oxnard 1990
3 Challenges
Kulig-Barsky, Massachusetts 1990

Kulig-Barsky, Massachusetts 1990

Silman Teaches Tactics
3 Challenges
Hodgson-Shepley, London 1990

Hodgson-Shepley, London 1990

Hodgson-Shepley, London 1990
3 Challenges
Remlinger-Saccuzzo, Riverside 1990

Remlinger-Saccuzzo, Riverside 1990

Remlinger-Saccuzzo, Riverside 1990
3 Challenges
I. Gurevich-Grigore, Santiago 1990
6 Challenges
Weinstock-O'Donnell, Seattle 1990

Weinstock-O'Donnell, Seattle 1990

Weinstock-O'Donnell, Seattle 1990
5 Challenges
Dekker-Tim Pellant, Los Angeles 1984

Dekker-Tim Pellant, Los Angeles 1984

Dekker-Tim Pellant, Los Angeles 1984
4 Challenges
Kiwitter-Koeller, Germany 1990

Kiwitter-Koeller, Germany 1990

Black to move and win.
5 Challenges
Roy-Ash, New Hampshire 1990

Roy-Ash, New Hampshire 1990

Roy-Ash, New Hampshire 1990
5 Challenges
Ionescu-Wahls, Novi Sad 1990

Ionescu-Wahls, Novi Sad 1990

Ionescu-Wahls, Novi Sad 1990
7 Challenges
Greenfeld-Ye Rongguang, Novi Sad 1990
5 Challenges
Guevara-Arob, Novi Sad 1990

Guevara-Arob, Novi Sad 1990

Guevara-Arob, Novi Sad 1990
3 Challenges
Anand-Morovich, Novi Sad 1990

Anand-Morovich, Novi Sad 1990

Silman Teaches Tactics.
5 Challenges
Trabert-Thi Kim Ngam, Novi Sad 1990
6 Challenges
A. Ivanov-Curdo, New England 1990
5 Challenges
Barakat-Chong, Novi Sad 1990

Barakat-Chong, Novi Sad 1990

Barakat-Chong, Novi Sad 1990
4 Challenges
Alonso-A.Tom, Long Beach 1991

Alonso-A.Tom, Long Beach 1991

How can White win the game?
3 Challenges
Shirov-Renet, Correze 1991

Shirov-Renet, Correze 1991

Shirov-Renet, Correze 1991
5 Challenges
Torre-Grefe, San Francisco 1991

Torre-Grefe, San Francisco 1991

Torre-Grefe, San Francisco 1991
3 Challenges
From a Koltanowski Column

From a Koltanowski Column

It is my habit over breakfast to read the morning San Francisco Chronicle. I never miss George Koltanowski's chess column. Kolty is in his nineties and can tell you about World Champions that he has known like Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker and Euwe. He still has a sharp eye for a nice game or a pretty problem. This morning he featured a tough mate in three that I really liked. I prefer not to use previously published material and I like my examples to be reasonably realistic looking. So after some substantial modifications I came up with this example.
2 Challenges