The Complete Guide to Chess Tactics

The Complete Guide to Chess Tactics

What you’ll learn

  • Be able to use a fundamental understanding of chess tactics and combinations to sky-rocket your results and rating
  • Be able to make sure opportunities are not missed in Calculation using Weakness of last move, Common squares, and “In-Effect”
  • Be able to make use of the important tactical motifs like Fork, Deflection, Decoy, Pins, Discovered Checks, and many more etc
  • Be able to get a feel for downsides of opponents position which could imply a combination exists
  • Be able to use chess combinations to often win by force from positions where no issues visually seem present
  • Be able to know the philosophies of great tactical examples explained in depth and re-use them in your own games
  • Be able to use inspirational calculation aids such as “The power of the pinned piece is illusionary” and “Combine and win”
  • Be able to understand the importance of the prioritisation of forcing moves when calculating to limit the opponent’s replies
  • Be able to appreciate the examples of combinations from the World chess champions
  • Be able to exploit the default downside often of the Weak Back Rank
  • Be able to exploit your passed pawn potential through tactical means
  • Be able to exploit loose piece liabilities of the opponent
  • Be able to exploit King safety issues of the opponent
  • Be able to detect tactical issues and “celebrate” them using the concept word of “down-sides” throughout the examples
  • Be able to understand the Fundamentals of Chess Tactics – Forcing moves, checks, captures, threats of mate and limiting opponent options in general
  • Be able to match appropriate combinations with the downsides of the opponents position
  • Be able to maximise the differential imposed between strengths of your position and opponent weaknesses
  • Be able to play brilliant and beautiful chess combinations – but be warned you may lose sleep over them
  • Be able to detect if combinations exist using various approaches of detection and examples
  • Be able to finish off opponents quickly and get a new game in the all-you-can eat online tournaments
  • Be able to play with very high accuracy sharp combinations
  • Be able to recognise all the key mating patterns that have been established through Chess History
  • Be able to practice with multiple examples all key tactical instruments which are part of combination

These tactical patterns are very useful to practice and help internalise.

  1. Absolute Pin
  2. Advanced Pawn
  3. Annihilation of Defence
  4. Alekhine’s Gun
  5. Attraction
  6. Battery
  7. Blockading defensive resources
  8. Capture
  9. Capture the Defender
  10. Checks – gaining key tempo e.g. winning material via checks
  11. Clearance
  12. Combine and Win tactics
  13. Connected passed pawns
  14. Counterplay management move
  15. Counter Threat
  16. Cross-check
  17. Cross-pin
  18. Decoy
  19. Deflection
  20. Demolition of Pawns around opponent’s king
  21. Demolition of Pawn Structure
  22. Desperado
  23. Discovered Attack
  24. Domination
  25. Double Attack
  26. Double Check
  27. Draw Tactics
  28. Endgame Tactics
  29. Exchange sacrifice
  30. f2 (or f7) weakness
  31. Forcing Moves
  32. Fork
  33. Goal Hanging Tactics e.g. N on f5 (also see Thorn pawn)
  34. Greek Gift Sacrifice
  35. Indirect Defense
  36. Interference
  37. Intermediate move (synonym: Zuichenzug)
  38. King Aggression in Endgames
  39. King Chase
  40. Liberational tactics
  41. Opposition
  42. Overload the defender
  43. Weakness of last move
  44. Passed pawn creation
  45. Pawn-Fork
  46. Pawn Tactics
  47. Pawn Breakthrough
  48. Perpetual Attack
  49. Perpetual Check
  50. Pins – Absolute
  51. Pins – Relative
  52. Pins – Celebration
  53. Positional Tactic
  54. Prophylaxis move
  55. Removing King Escape Squares
  56. Rook lift
  57. Sacrifice (Positional)
  58. Sacrifice (calculated)
  59. Simplification
  60. Queen and Bishop Battery
  61. Quiet but killer move (greatly used in Alekhine combinations)
  62. Relative Pin
  63. Remove the Defender
  64. Sacrifice
  65. Simplification
  66. Situational Pin
  67. Soft spot sacrifice
  68. Strategic Crush tactic – e.g. locking in bishop, good knight
  69. Skewer
  70. Stalemate Tactics
  71. Tempo Tactics
  72. Thorn Pawns
  73. Threat making
  74. Trapped Piece
  75. Triangulation
  76. Two Rooks Battery
  77. Two Rooks on 7th Rank
  78. Under-promotion
  79. Weak Back-Rank
  80. Weakness of last move
  81. Windmill
  82. X-Ray
  83. X-Ray Attack
  84. X-Ray Defense
  85. Zugzwang
  86. Zwischenzug

Mating Patterns (alphabetically)

These mating patterns are useful to practice and help internalise.

  1. Anastasia’s mate
  2. Anderssen’s mate
  3. Arabian mate
  4. Back-rank mate
  5. Bishop and knight mate
  6. Blackburne’s mate
  7. Blind swine mate
  8. Boden’s mate
  9. Box mate (Rook mate)
  10. Combine and Win Mate
  11. Corner mate
  12. Cozio’s mate
  13. Damiano’s bishop mate
  14. Damiano’s mate
  15. David and Goliath mate
  16. Double bishop mate
  17. Dovetail mate
  18. Epaulette mate
  19. Fool’s mate
  20. Greco’s mate
  21. Hook mate
  22. Kill Box mate
  23. King and two bishops mate
  24. King and two knights mate
  25. Ladder checkmate
  26. Légal mate
  27. Lolli’s mate
  28. Max Lange’s mate
  29. Mayet’s mate
  30. Morphy’s mate
  31. Opera mate
  32. Pillsbury’s mate
  33. Queen mate
  34. Réti’s mate
  35. Smothered mate
  36. Support mate
  37. Suffocation mate
  38. Swallow’s tail mate

“Opponent Downsides” aka “Tactical Issues” aka “Tactical Liabilities” aka “Weakness of Position” Patterns

These help you intuitively identify if a combination may exist in the position.

  1. Awkward Pieces (trappable)
  2. King Safety Issues e.g. Back rank
  3. Loose pieces (unprotected)
  4. Overworked pieces
  5. Pieces away from King
  6. Tactical Liabilities in general
  7. Weaknesses in general

Who this course is for:

  • Chess beginner and intermediate players will get massive results improvement from this course
  • Even more experienced players who want to sharpen their tactics. Every chess player can improve their tactical skills.

Can I download The Complete Guide to Chess Tactics course?

You can download videos for offline viewing in the Android/iOS app. When course instructors enable the downloading feature for lectures of the course, then it can be downloaded for offline viewing on a desktop.
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