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Written by Yury Markushin
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 18:37

I have started posting 2 move tactical studies, solving those is a very effective way to improve tactical vision and the overall chess intuition.  Today’s writing I’ve decided to devote to explaining the ways and methods of approaching these chess studies (aka tactics problems). Not only these methods can be applied for solving chess compositions and tactics problems, but the following guidelines can also be applied during the actual game (complimenting how to analyze a chess game I wrote before).

Let’s say you have a chess position in front of you in the form of a diagram, a chess board, a computer screen, a notation (if you’re really advanced) or whatever else. Let’s imaging, your job is to find a forced mate in a specific number of moves. How do you approach this task? Do you take the most powerful piece available and start checking the opponent’s King? Maybe. But let me assure you that that is not the most efficient way of solving a chess problem.

Sometimes, after the analyses of a chess position, a chess player comes to the conclusion that he found all the replies. Then, it is necessary to find a waiting move, passing move to the opponent, who doesn’t have any more useful moves and every move will lead to defeat. This position, when an opponent would rather skip a move than play one, called Zugzwang. The theme of zugzvang is very popular in tactics problems.

Basically, there are some general rules which are used by problem composers in order to create a good, hard tactical problem. First of all, it’s not recommended to make the first move of the tactics study to be a check, capture or a pawn promotion. I’m guessing the reason for that is since these are the moves that solver looks for in a first place. For problem to be difficult such first moves are usually avoided.  In a good tactics problem each piece has a specific purpose and each diagonal and file is being unavailable to the opponent’s King only due to one reason. Remember, this are just general tips that will help you solve the problems, there are however exceptions, which are always present in our world. Otherwise it would be too boring, don’t you think? Good luck solving tactics!

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