Improve Your Tactical Play

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Blow up your opponent's position tactically!


This paper looks at tactics from a number of perspectives ranging from thinking about tactics fundamentally to specific types of concrete tactical ideas. It concludes with a word of warning about tactics- to put them in the context of positional play and planning. The paper uses excellent examples from three of the greatest tacticians arguably this century :- Kasparov, Fischer and Tal.

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Garry Kasparov

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Robert James "Bobby" Fischer

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Mikhail Tal


  1. How important is tactical ability in chess?
  2. Can tactical ability be learned/ trained?
  3. A theoretical tactical thought process model
    1. Assessing the positional elements
    2. Assessing the tactical elements
    3. The calculation of variations
    4. Developing a winning combination
    5. Making sure the combination is sound
    6. Conclusions and Summary
  4. Tactics in the context of positional play

Further Reading

Winning Chess Tactics (Winning Chess)
Yasser Seirawan, Jeremy Silman / Paperback / Published 1998
Sharpen Your Tactics
Anatoly Lein, et al / Paperback / Published 1996
Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player
Sam Palatnik, et al / Paperback / Published 1996
Chess Tactics for Beginners
Fred Reinfeld(Editor) / Paperback / Published 1976
In the World of Tactics Vol 1
Anatoly Lein / Paperback / Published 1998
Secrets of Chess Tactics (Batsford Chess Library Middle Game)
        Mark Dvoretsky, Malcolm Gesthuysen (Translator)
Chess Tactics (Crowood Chess Library)
Paul Littlewood / Paperback / Published 1989



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