Chess Tactics is a short operation, using forcing moves that aim for an immediate concrete gain (such as winning material or checkmate). Tactics are very important in chess because strategy is built upon tactics. Any successful strategy cannot succeed without the support of underlying tactics. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the majority of chess games are decided by tactics. At the lower levels, tactics are especially prevalent and the quickest way to get better at chess is to improve our tactical ability.
Tactics for Advanced Players: You are probably tired of all the chess tactics courses that teach you what a fork is, right?Continue reading
Tactics for Intermediate Players: Take any of your games and analyze it with an engine. You will be surprised to find ALL those missed opportunities—both on your and your opponent’s side! What if you could see and take advantage of those during the game? Yes, you won this time but you may not the next time. Don’t play chess on “hope”. Instead, prepare to see those tactical opportunities every time they happen during the game.Continue reading
Rossolimo Attack: Black does not play the Sicilian to play the meek lamb against White’s e4. It’s getting ready for some action. Then he plays the knight to c6, grabbing the exact squares that White’s f3-knight is trying to control. Oops! It’s not going to be easy it seems.Continue reading
Many chess players are asking what they should do right before an important game to help their performance. There are many different things to take into consideration but I’m focusing only on the most important ones. I’m giving you an outline of 7 things you should do just few hours before the round to positively influence your game. Here we go!Continue reading
In this post, I would like to show a very simple, yet very effective chess principle that is present in every game of chess. While our opponent’s moves are providing vital information about their intentions, still we often fail to understand them in their entirety. By entirety, I mean not only understanding their intention, but also their drawbacks.Continue reading
It’s hard to imagine that it's possible to become a master without a coach. But before I share a few tips and ideas how to work on chess by yourself, I should definitely say that if you have an option to hire a coach, you should do this. Working together with a good coach will benefit you the most. A good coach can help you to improve certain aspects of your play which you can hardly spot by yourself. However, in this article, I want to tell you how to train most effectively on your own.Continue reading