Chess Lesson # 75: Get The Most Out Of Your Tactics Training

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In Chess, tactics are the most important component. We have talked about it in other lessons, but today I am sharing something very powerful for when you train tactics on your own. Hope you find it useful and benefit from it as much as my students and I do.

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130 Comments

  1. Sir,Very instructive chess video ,thank you for the lesson 🙂

  2. 2nd puzzle – Re8+ then Qd3+ forking the king and the rook. (Edit) Just realised that Qd3 is mate after black has to sacrifice the queen.

    3rd puzzle – Rook g1+. If king h5 then Rxh7#. If King h4 Bishop f8+ distracting rook. If king h5 then Rxh7# so Rxf8 is best try. Then rook d3 and rook h3# is unstoppable.

  3. I liked the idea about practicing finishing a game after a tactic leading into a material advantage. It makes the person work on their endgame since the computer is not going to roll over and give up.

  4. I've heard of practicing won positions before, but not the idea of connecting this to the end of tactical problems. That's a nice way to have a supply of won positions. Will definitely use this as a study tool. Thanks for your excellent and practical lessons.

  5. Really interesting idea to study endgames! I'd like to watch a video about routines to study chess… Like how much time to invest in each area of the game, and how to approach them in a logical way. And how this routine changes for each level, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Maybe talk about how to study if the person doesn't have a lot of time, the ideal amount of time and how should someone with A LOT of time approach the routine! Those are some ideas that I'm really interested to know about! Thanks for the video!

  6. cool i didnt know the option tool etc thank you so much i can put another position from my books too and try to solve it thank you

  7. excellent advice i do it too when i finish for exemple a puzzle on lichess i dont pass to another but i finish the position agaist a computer . and its very cool when you beat a 3000 elos computer xD but for exemple yesterday i finish the puzzle in the endgame agaist a 3000 elos computer i promoted my pas pawns i did all hard tactics etc and finally i had 3 queens and 1 rook and i finish it with a beautiful stalemate hehehhe

  8. i love your tactics lessons you dont show us the result physicaly but you try to explain us how to inprove our visualisation thant you so much . its easy for me now but everytime you remember me lot of stuff and its easy for me because i learn with you in the begining when i follow the channel thank you so much master .

    ps sorry for my english again hope you understand what i mean hehe

  9. I have always enjoyed your lessons. thanks. what I need to be able to do is analyze, and calculate , (candidate moves?). The different moves accurately and quicker

  10. #2 Difficult! Black threatens Qh2#. 1) Re8+, Bf8 (if Kh7 Qd3+ picks up rook) 2) Rxf8+ Kxf8, (if Kg7 then Ne8+, K to g3 or h2 and Qd3+ picks up the rook) 3) Nf5+ Kg8 (if Ke8 Qe7#) 4) Rd+ Kh7, 5) Rh8+ Kxh8, 6) Qf8+ Kh7, 7) Qg7#
    #3 Can’t figure this one out :-(. Rg1+, e6, Rxd8 are some possible first moves. 
    #4 1) Qc3+ Qg7, 2) Qc8+ Qg8, 3) Qxg8#
    #5 1) b4, Qb6, 2) Qxf6+ Kxf6, [if Kh6 then 3) f5+ g5, 4) QxG5#] 3) Bb2+ Qd4, 4) Bxd4#

  11. I am fairly good at solving puzzles, 2700+ tactics on chess.com, and most of the positions you showed I was already familiar with, but during my games I will occasionally miss simple tactics or calculate a variation and just miss a simple move that leaves me worse. Should I be solving more basic tactics rather than complicated ones or is it something that I will just get better with over time? Thanks! Love your content.

  12. ex. 2:

    White has mate on Qh2

    1. Re8+ Bf8 or (..Kh7 3. Qd3+ (wins the rook))

    2. Rxf8+ Kxf8 or (..Kh7 3. Qd3+ (wins the rook))

    3. Nf5+ Ke8 or (..Kg8 4. Qf8+ Kxf8 5. Rd8#) or (..Qb4 4. Rd8#)

    4. Qe7#

    ex. 3:

    1. Rg1+ Kh6 or (..Kh5 2. Rh7#)

    2. Bf8+ Rxf8 or (..Kh5 2. Rh7#)

    3. Rg3 can't avoid 4. Rh3#

    ex 4:

    1. Qc3+ Qg7

    2. Qc8+ Qg8 or Qf8

    3. Qxg8# (or Qxf8#)

    ex 5:

    1. b4 Qb6 (first I thought Bd2 but you don't want the Qc5)

    2. Qxf6+ Kxf6 or (Kh6 3. f5#)

    3. Bb2#

    I hope that I coded correctly. Didn't check with the engine yet but will certainly do later. Good exercises! Being able to formulate middle game idea's (based on Pirc typical middle games) would also be great! Thank you for the video.

  13. Hey Robert. I have been enjoying your videos over the last week or so. Keep it up.

  14. This was really good advice! I will implement this in my training! Thank you NM Robert sir 🙂 Would love some tips/lessons on plans for middle games, that is a problem area for me, when i get out of the opening safely. Loved the tips you gave for middle games in the Pirc lessons. Love from India <3

  15. Hey, I really appreciate you putting these videos out for free, if you have a buy me a coffee button or something I would love to donate!

  16. Hey Robert, great video as always
    Can you make a video on English opening
    I am playing czech pirc with black pieces
    And won 4 out of 4.
    As lots of people don't play English, would be surprise as Czech

  17. Hi Robert, many thanks for your lessons, I love them. I've played casually before, but I'd like to improve my game at the age of 31. I'm hovering over the 1000-1100 elo band. For game #2, I came up with the following (I start notation on move 1., relative to the position). Black threatens checkmate with Qh2++. White hopes to either checkmate or fork Black King and Rook on squares a4 and b3, controlling these diagonals. 1. Re8+ Bf8, 2. Rxf8+! Kxf8, 3. Nf5+ Kg8, 4. Rd8+ Kh7, 5. Rh8+! Kxh8, 6. Qg8+ Kh7, 7. Qg7++. If black wants to avoid this line, he will lose the rook. Hope I did not overlook something 🙂

  18. So nice training and lessons…very useful!!! Thank you for posting.

  19. This is not nonsense this is gold.. many games where i had a good advantage nor nothing. But I cannot finish them(many). This would help me

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