Free tactics e-book


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


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):

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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