1. A chess tactic
is an unstoppable threat. Often you can Avoid, Block, Capture or Defend your way out of a
threat, but if you can't, you're probably on the receiving
end of a tactic.
2. Tactical themes include:
- jumps, mates, forks, nets, pins & ties
A fuller list of tactical themes might be:
SummaryThere are useful opening 'rules' (really, guidelines) which should be known and adopted at least until you know better. Sadly, even strict obedience to the rules can lead to trouble, so you have to learn some specific opening lines. You don't have to know every opening, but you need at least one system for White and a couple as Black. Which ones you choose depends on your style and your appetite for study.
It's useful to review and rehearse the
Charlie KeenI don't have notes but I do have this very nifty slideshow.
I can't show you the square, because it's not on the usual 8x8 grid system, but I can show you that it is there.
Repertoire books these days often give you a choice, which is excellent.
Some tips when choosing a Christmas gift for the chess player in your life. (An odd idea I know, but I think many of them still live with their mum. [Hello, Mum!])
The Ideas Behind Modern Chess Publishing (Gravy Train)