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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #17 - 04/17/09 at 21:01:27
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Günter Amann wrote on 04/17/09 at 17:42:45:
Unfortutunately sometimes i forget to employ this rules in the practical  game. Recently i had this position and missed a forced win.

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White to play and win. If you consider all points  consequently, the solution is easy.


1.Bd8! wins, cutting off the black's king route to safety and threatening the deadly 2.Qe4+. Black cannot avoid material loss.
  

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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #16 - 04/17/09 at 18:03:07
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Short - Miles 1984

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Nigel Short played 22.a3 and missed a winning chance. The position is not so difficult if you consider consequently this three points:
1. Unprotected pieces!
2. Calculate each check and capturing!
3. Matethreats!
What should white play?

  
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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #15 - 04/17/09 at 17:42:45
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Unfortutunately sometimes i forget to employ this rules in the practical  game. Recently i had this position and missed a forced win.

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White to play and win. If you consider all points  consequently, the solution is easy.
  
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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #14 - 04/16/09 at 22:48:01
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Maybe this rules are very useful:
1.Unprotected pieces!
2.Calculate forced variations! (first variations with check, second  captures!)
3.Threating mate!

I want to show how to employ this rules in the following sharp sizilian
postion  (Sozin attack B88)
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What  happens if Black takes the Knight?
17... bXc3
18.Qh6! and there is no defense because e5 does not work (unprotected Qc6!)

So Black plays 17...Bd7 Now he can answer 18.Qh6 with e5 as his Queen is defended. But what about the idea of playing 18.Nd5 exd5 19.Qh6? If you consequetly consider the rules mentioned before, you need max 30 seconds to find the  the correct answer.
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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #13 - 04/16/09 at 20:08:19
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Sandman wrote on 04/10/09 at 17:25:59:
I need some advice please.

I’ve gone thru CT-ART with over an expert rating (2059). Place a book/board in front of me and tell me mate in 2, mate in 4, or white wins material, etc and I can usually get it. However, in a tournament, with the clock ticking, I tend to miss these tactical opportunities or I see them too late.  
How can I improve this area of my game so I can recognize these tactical shots without neon signs flashing overhead???   Huh


Simply playing more chess is good for this.

But one thing I teach my chess kids is that the bigger your advantage in activity, the more likely it is that you have a good tactic.

Also I teach my better students that if you've played unobjectionable moves but your opponent seems to be gaining the advantage, or if you've played better moves than your opponent but he seems to be equalizing, look for a tactical solution.

Another time to look for tactics is when your opponent has committed a clear "chess sin."
  

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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #12 - 04/16/09 at 15:55:30
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a very nice software is chessimo (former personal chess trainer). it satisfy all my tactics training needs.
http://www.chessimo.com/trainer/index.php?lang=en&val=pct
  
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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #11 - 04/15/09 at 13:01:24
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I find very useful the "Seven Circles" of Michael de la Maza, but the idea is repetition of the patterns to "see" tactics.

I have a book entitled "Rapid Chess Improvements" by Michael de la Maza, but in the chesscafe website you could find a couple of free articles dealing with his method entitled "400 points in 400 days".


http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles148.pdf
http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles150.pdf


Sandman wrote on 04/15/09 at 12:52:57:
Thanks again and if you have other ideas or advice please share.  Smiley


  

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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #10 - 04/15/09 at 12:52:57
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Thanks for your responses, everyone. Sounds like a few more trips thru CT-Art. Plus, I actually have Understanding Chess Tactics by Weteschnik so I'll start work on that as well. Thanks for the recommendation.

Thanks again and if you have other ideas or advice please share.  Smiley

  

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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #9 - 04/11/09 at 14:57:40
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Matemax wrote on 04/11/09 at 12:13:28:
"Unlock your genius"

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Not my idea, that came from the guy who set up the site, whose speciality is ... publicity! Wink
  
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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #8 - 04/11/09 at 13:38:15
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This is discussed by Heisman:
http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman05.pdf
http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman24.pdf

His stuff helped me.

Also Wang's book 'Practical Chess Exercises' I found helpful. I reviewed it here:
http://chessconfessions.blogspot.com/2007/09/review-practical-chess-exercises.ht...
It helped me exercise my chess thinking in a more game-like fashion.
  
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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #7 - 04/11/09 at 12:13:28
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GMTonyKosten wrote on 04/11/09 at 10:45:39:
Practice is the key, try http://www.improveyourchess.com Smiley

Just read my nomination for the best chess advertisment ever there:

"Unlock your genius"

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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #6 - 04/11/09 at 10:45:39
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Practice is the key, try http://www.improveyourchess.com Smiley
  
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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #5 - 04/11/09 at 09:51:12
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Sandman wrote on 04/10/09 at 17:25:59:
I need some advice please.

I’ve gone thru CT-ART with over an expert rating (2059)


The ratings in CT-Art are not very trustworthy. I got a 2300 rating there so far (I'm doing the levels really thoroughly with lots of repetition so I'm still on level 40). A friend of mine went through the whole program and got a 10.000 (!) CT-Art rating, but I still out-calculate him in blitz most of the time. Actually we are more evenly matched in long games.

I agree with the others that repetition is key. The goal should not be merely to get them right, but to see the solution almost instantly. This goes particularly for the easier levels.

You could also try some exercise books that don't give any hint as to what type of problem (tactical or positional) you are facing: Silman's Reassess Your Chess Workbook or Cheng's Practical Chess Exercises f.ex. Actually I think this kind of book should be more common!
  

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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #4 - 04/11/09 at 08:40:58
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Sandman wrote on 04/10/09 at 17:25:59:
I need some advice please.

I’ve gone thru CT-ART with over an expert rating (2059). Place a book/board in front of me and tell me mate in 2, mate in 4, or white wins material, etc and I can usually get it. However, in a tournament, with the clock ticking, I tend to miss these tactical opportunities or I see them too late.  
How can I improve this area of my game so I can recognize these tactical shots without neon signs flashing overhead???   Huh

What the others said, in particular repeating exercises. Also check in when you miss the tactics. Ie are it tactics of your opponent, randomly occurring ones or for example when you are just a few moves out of the opening.
  

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Re: recognizing tactics
Reply #3 - 04/11/09 at 08:38:59
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The difference is that you know there is a solution when working at home but you dont know during the game. Therefore you should practise what you need: You dont play "tactical solution competition" but "chess". You need to play through random games (ending with a win for one side) in a "training mode" (you dont see the score board) and then guess the next move. If you follow the winners ideas you will meet a mistake somewhere and mostly need to exploit it tactically.
  
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