Resources for Improving Tactical Skill Part 1

Because I am the best-selling chess coach on, I frequently receive messages from individuals seeking advice regarding improving tactical skill. Instead of answering the same question again and again, I thought I’d just write a blog post regarding this topic.

I can summarize the answer by repeating the same word three times: practice, practice, practice!

Pattern recognition along with grasping the basics of analyzing is all it takes to improve tactics. It is important you understand common tactical patterns and solve hundreds of tactics puzzles.

Homework Plan for Under 1400 USCF/FIDE Chess Players for Improving Tactics:

* Spend 30 minutes DAILY doing problems from’s Tactics Trainer:


If you are a diamond member on, you can access their instructional chess videos and chess mentor courses.


Watch the following chess videos:—1—2—1—2—3—4—5


Watch all the videos from this guide:


Do These Chess Mentor Courses:


Exclusively Checkmates:

Introduction to Tactics:

Essential Checkmate Patterns:


Champion Tactics with GM Wolff series:


Pins and Skewers:

Double Attack:

Discovered Check & Double Check:

Deflecting the Defender:

Clearance Sacrifice:

In-Between Moves:


Misplaced Pieces:

Back Rank Mate:

Smother Tactics:

I highly recommend doing everything mentioned in this article, but the videos and chess mentor courses will only be accessible if you join as a diamond member on

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s