chess tactics - tag
Tactics decide most of the games of chess. The one who possesses a better tactical vision usually wins the game. Today we present the list of the most beautiful tactical combinations. Amazing sacrifices, forced checkmates, clever pins are what it is all about. Beautiful tactics are pleasant for the eye of any chess player!
We present 3 the most tricky mate-in-1 problems you will ever see. To solve these tactical wonders you don’t need to be a very strong chess player. All you need to know is the basic chess rules and possess some imagination and intuition.
In our recent update on What’s New in Theory we set a little challenge for our readers. It appears that quite a few missed it. So here is one more chance. In the following position Black overlooked an elegant tactical trick. Can you spot the same? Black to play This was a blitz game. So […]
Endgame is a very crucial part of chess. Depth of endgame understanding often decides if you win or lose otherwise equally looking position. Today, we present a list of 5 endgame tactics problems, which are not difficult, but yet most players fail to find the right move order. Can you solve it?
Today is the hardcore tactics day, so I uploaded 7 extremely difficult chess compositions. These are called compositions because they were created (‘composed”) by the master-mind composers to make your job (as a solver) as difficult as humanly possible. Yes, these positions weren’t taken from the grandmasters games, they are much more complicated. If you […]
In the following position White had just played 28.Nf1? (no prizes for guessing the names of players!) and resigned immediately after 28…Qe1! But what about 28…Qd1? Doesn’t that win for Black as well? Our readers easily remembered this position from Game 9 of the recently concluded World Championship Match 2013. But some wrongly assumed, all […]
In the following position Black played 1…Bd6. He had other aggressive continuations like 1…Nf3+ followed by…Rxh2+. Would they have been preferable to the game continuation? Answer: No. Other moves are not preferable to 1…Bd6!. It’s still the best move in this position, combining attack and defence. Reader John Ngangi’s move 1…Ba3!? leads to fascinating play […]
It was a mystery that I had not been able to unravel for decades. Way back in 1990s I had found the following position in a wonderful book, Chess Wizardy, ABC of Chess Problems (Batsford.1996) by John Rice. The author happened to mention the following position from a game, Keres-Bronstein, Zürich 1965. But I had […]
The recently concluded 37th World Chess Solving Tournament (24th September-25th September, 2013) in Batumi, Georgia was an affair to remember. The event held under the aegis of WFCC* was directed by Axel Steinbrink, Germany. 56 Solvers from 19 countries participated in the competition. Poland was first, followed by Germany and Serbia in this prestigious event. […]
Many years ago I saw a beautiful combination in a chess column. If my memory serves me right, it was played by one of the 19th Century masters (probably Adolf Anderssen). While I do not remember the exact position I still remember the combination. So I have reconstructed the position and embellished it a little […]