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5 Chess Combinations to Solve Today E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:17

chess tacticsTactics training is a very important element for any chess training program. Unless you are at least 2400 rated, your tactics vision is not that great and it is something that can dramatically improve your overall level if worked on consistently. Let me give you a simple analogy. Just think that your chess ability is a horse. A weak tactical vision means that your horse has only one leg instead of all 4. Is it easy to ride a one-legged horse?

Anyways, the point I'm trying to make is simple, if you practice enough tactics, you will get a 2nd leg for your horse, then the 3rd one, etc. Today's tactics problems are based on 5 very important combinations that occur often in actual games. Pay attention and give it a shot!

Position 1.

position 1

White to move and win

Position 2.

position 2

Black to move and win

Position 3.

position 3

Black to move and win

You already understand that a horse with no legs is no good. That's why you are working on tactics. However, the horse not only needs legs, but also it needs strong muscles, stamina, and ideally, an obstacle avoidance capability.  What I mean is that you also need to work on endgames, positional play and attacking skills. All of that you can learn in our training course. Give it a try you have nothing to lose Wink

get 4 legs for your chess horse

Position 4.

position 4

Black to move and win

Position 5.

position 5

White to move and win


Solutions (click on the drop down menu to view other positions)


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:30


0 #3 Julius Baldenero 2015-03-28 23:53
Position #1
1.Rxd3 cxd3
2.Ne6+ fxe6
3.Rc7+ winning the black queen.

Position #2
1. ...d4
2.Qxd4 Qa8+ wins the white rook at h1
(If 2.Ne1 then 2. ...Qxd4)
(If 2.Qe1 then 2.Qxf6)

Position #3
1. ...Ng3+ forking the white King and Queen
2.hxg3 Qh3
3.Kg1 Bxe3
4.Qxe3 (4.Rf2) Qxg2#

Position #4
1. ...Bg4 winning the white queen
2.Qxg4 Nf2! forking king and queen.

Position #5
1.Qa8+ Kh7
2.Nf3 forking the black queen and rook gaining material advantage.

Thank you
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0 #2 mohammed 2014-11-19 14:27
position1 RXd3 Ne6 Rc7
position2 e4 Qf8
position3 Nb3 Qa3
positin4 Bb4 Nxc2 :-)
positin5 Qa8 Nf3
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+3 #1 royyearwood 2014-11-19 13:04
Hi Yury,
The new way you have of displaying the problem solutions is very good. I really like it. It really enhances the presentation. Nice addition. With respect to the problems themselves, they are excellent and serve as good warm up exercises just before a game and are also excellent as teaching material if a person were to use them for instructional material. Good work :-)
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