Chess.com Resources for Improving Tactical Skill Part 1

Because I am the best-selling chess coach on chess.com, 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 Chess.com’s Tactics Trainer:

http://www.chess.com/tactics/

 

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

 

Watch the following chess videos:

http://www.chess.com/video/player/patterns-everyone-must-know-basic-tactics—1

http://www.chess.com/video/player/patterns-everyone-must-know-basic-tactics—2

http://www.chess.com/video/player/patterns-everyone-must-know-beyond-the-basics-1

http://www.chess.com/video/player/patterns-everyone-must-know-beyond-the-basics-2

http://www.chess.com/video/player/patterns-everyone-must-know-mating-nets—1

http://www.chess.com/video/player/patterns-everyone-must-know-mating-nets—2

http://www.chess.com/video/player/patterns-everyone-must-know-mating-nets—3

http://www.chess.com/video/player/patterns-everyone-must-know-mating-nets—4

http://www.chess.com/video/player/patterns-everyone-must-know-mating-nets—5

 

Watch all the videos from this guide:

http://www.chess.com/article/view/video-series-intermediate-checkmates

 

Do These Chess Mentor Courses:

 

Exclusively Checkmates: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=5

Introduction to Tactics: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=4

Essential Checkmate Patterns: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=25

 

Champion Tactics with GM Wolff series:

Forks: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=273

Pins and Skewers: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=274

Double Attack: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=275

Discovered Check & Double Check: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=276

Deflecting the Defender: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=277

Clearance Sacrifice: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=278

In-Between Moves: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=279

Interference: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=280

Misplaced Pieces: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=281

Back Rank Mate: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=282

Smother Tactics: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course?id=283

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 chess.com.

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