Why You Need to Learn These 10 Tactics TODAY!
Tactics are an important part of chess. A really important part. Especially for Class players. Games at the class player level are almost always determined by tactics. As chess players get stronger, they usually start to play much more positionally, but positional chess is useless if you miss tactics and fall for game ending tactics.
What is a tactic? It is the sequence of moves in the here and now. I like to break down moves by tactical moves and strategic moves. A strategic move is deciding that my best line of play, my strategy, is to do something like promote the passed pawn I have on the A file or exploit my opponents weak dark squared around his king. A tactic is more immediate. A tactic sees a piece that is unprotected, under protected, or seems to be protected but really isn’t. Tactics find these liabilities and through calculating a move sequence, takes the errant piece. We really like this video by Jonathan Schrantz produced by St. Louis Chess. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. If you want to become a better tactician, join us on Wed nights from 6PM to 8PM at the Spanish Fork Library or schedule a lesson today.