Tactics

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Here is a collection of very short games organised by tactical theme.  The main aim is to give you a quick run-through the basic tactical ideas in genuine positions.nbsp; One advantage of using short games is that you can set the positions up on a board very quickly and accurately.nbsp; You can of course just use the diagrams as test positions.nbsp; If you have a database that you can use with a group, you might like the PGN regardless.

Exchange Sacrifices

Actively sacrificing a Rook depends on you having an open file and something to aim at. So the best-rehearsed exchange sacrifices are ...Rc8xNc3 in the Sicilian, ...Rf8xNf3 in the French and to some extent the Dutch, Rf1xf6 against the Sicilian... You need some compensation for your Rook: either a good central pawn, or the weakening of the opposing King's defences, or all three!

White sacrifices for attack on f6 in the Sicilian

Nezhmetdinov R. - Tal M. [B85]

White sacrifices for attack on h5 in the Sicilian

Fischer R. - Larsen B. [B77]

Queen sacrifices

Meanwhile, here are three games from Gandalf which explore the wilder shores of compensation for a Queen (83,84,85)

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[Event "BCF-ch"]
[Site "Torquay"]
[Date "1982.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Levitt, Jonathan"]
[Black "Speelman, Jonathan S"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D09"]
[PlyCount "62"]
[EventDate "1982.08.02"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. g3 Be6 6. Nbd2 Qd7 7. a3 Nge7 8. Nb3

Oops

You have to feel sorry for him, but it's also hard not to laugh: the world champion shows a computer who's boss...

Position (Black to play and lose):

[Event "The Duel"]
[Site "Bonne GER"]
[Date "2006.11.27"]
[Round "2"]
[White "DEEP FRITZ"]
[Black "Kramnik, V."]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "2750"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "5N1k/q5p1/7p/4P3/pp2Q3/8/1P4PP/2b4K b - - 0 34"]
[PlyCount "2"]
[EventDate "2006.11.25"]
34... Qe3 35. Qh7# 1-0

By the way...

Tom and Richard were having a look at this game:
[Event "Bath TV-B"]
[Site "Bath"]
[Date "1983.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Miles, Anthony J"]
[Black "Garcia Gonzales, Guillermo"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A65"]
[WhiteElo "2585"]
[BlackElo "2495"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "1983.11.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "6"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[EventCategory "12"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

Tactics: combinations and blunders

[C/D] 10th July 2007.

1. Chess is 99% tactics , said Richard Teichmann.nbsp; However, 90% of the time, there is no tactic for either side.nbsp; So, as well as any difficulty presented by a complicated position, we also have to counter our natural laziness in not looking out for a rare event, as if each move we are crossing the a quiet country road, and not bothering to check for oncoming

Visualization/Analysis in Chess

From: rook@IslandNet.com (Dan Scoones)
Newsgroups: rec.games.chess.misc
Subject: Re: Visualization/Analysis in Chess
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 1997 07:43:26 GMT
Organization: Island Net in Victoria, B.C. Canada
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On Wed, 15 Jan 97 02:36:49 GMT, enyoung@bellatlantic.net (Eugene N.
Young) wrote:

>... how does a good chess player calculate mentally, ie, 
>what is the mental process by which he/she "sees" many moves ahead?? Is it 

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