Improve your chess tactics!
In this course, GM Ronen Har-Zvi tackles one of the most important parts of the game: Tactics. And he does this from a beginner and intermediate player’s perspective: everyone will be able to enjoy, learn and improve watching these videos.
All of us have at least once asked ourselves the typical questions:
- What is a tactic in chess?
- Why is tactics one of the most important piece of knowledge you need to play chess?
- How to spot tactics in a game?
- How to take advantage of it?
- GM Ronen is here to answer our queries, by guiding us – with many interesting examples – through the basics of chess tactics, such as double-attacks, forks, pins, how to use material to create tactics; to then move on into more complicated topics, such as intermediate moves, double threats, and more!
Double Attack Ronen “indiana-Jones” Har-Zvi starts his new feat “Tactics for Everyone” – a course on basic and not-so-basic tactics in chess – demonstrating how to take advantage of undefended pieces, with what is usually called a double-attack.
If you have loose pieces spread over the board for too many moves in a row, you’re bound to suffer from your opponent’s tactics, aimed to win material, when not the whole game.
In this series, GM Har-Zvi guides you to learn the thinking processes that lead to spot tactics on the board and take advantage of the chances offered by the position. As Ronen says: everyone blunders, even Carlsen, and a good player must be able to spot it and punish it. How? By using TACTICS, of course!
- The killer Queen sac no-one sees coming (made famous by Frank Marshall’s immortal “Gold Coins” game).
- How to set-up the awesome smothered mate, arguably the most satisfying combination to play in chess.
- What to do when a tactic doesn’t quite work (hint: it’s one of Lasker’s most important principles).
- GM Har-Zvi’s deceptive trick for picking up undefended pieces – this alone will make you deadly at blitz.
- Why we’re most vulnerable when attacking, knowledge you can use to score brilliant counter-attacking victories.
LESSON 1 What is Your Opponent Threatening?
LESSON 2 The Board Has Got 64 Squares
LESSON 3 Skewer
LESSON 4 Removing The Defender I-II
LESSON 5 Queen Sacrifice I-III
LESSON 6 Pinning I-II
LESSON 7 King in the Center
LESSON 8 Intermediate Moves I-II
LESSON 9 Double Attack I-III
LESSON 10 Discover Attack
LESSON 11 Defending with Advanced Tactics
LESSON 12 Checkmate I-III
GM Ronen Har-Zvi (2515 FIDE)
is an Israeli chess player and a chess writer. He won the under 16 World Youth Chess Championship in 1992. Ronen holds a GM titled since 1995. He is a professional chess coach and occasional ICC player with peak blitz rating of 3215.