Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Monday, September 11, 2006

Thoughts on Tactical Training

Monday Morning 300-321 L20 c1
Monday evening 322-365 L20
Tuesday m 365-396 L20 On to L3
Tues 397-419 L30
tues 419-441
wed 441-470
thur m 470-490
( I seem to not full take advantage of the removal of defending power of pawns/pieces in an absolute pin that are formed through sacrifices of my pieces.a blind spot.)

As I solve some of the tactical problems in Ct-art, I have been reflecting on the strength of the attacking positions and the weakness of the defending position that make tactic possible. Pieces being on good squares, multiple attacking rays on a position, Pieces poised to enter the attack on following moves,Pawns blocking escape routes for the King,Holes in the position,open lanes that let an attacker through, weak squares, pieces vunerable to Pins and Deflection, defenders out of place,Pieces with restricted movement.

Perhaps there is a principle regarding tactics similar to the Principle of two Weaknesses is to endgames . That I will leave to you to figure out perhaps I will read about it on one of your blogs.

I find that the tactical training is once again improving my board vision to find these conditions and identify how they may lead to a tactic. Sometimes there is a structured verbal questioning that I do which takes time: if I move this defender what happens. But the best is when I see in a moment without verbalizing just visualizing the movement of the pieces to success as if watching a movie. This is the ideal state. But perhaps they are the same state only the latter happens so quickly that the experience just seems different.

Upon my picking up the ct-art again, I have notice my tactical play has improved even after a short stint. Here is a game where my opponent white played every cheap tactic in the book.

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1. e4 {7} e5 {3} 2. Qh5 {5} Nc6 {14} 3. Bb5 {14} Nf6 {20} 4. Qf5 {36} Nd4 {17}
5. Qxe5+ {6} Ne6 {14} 6. f3 {14} Bd6 {4} 7. Qc3 {29} O-O {23} 8. e5 {5} Nd5 {22
} 9. Qd3 {51} Ndf4 {49} 10. Qe4 {13} Re8 {19} 11. Bd3 {55} Ng6 {49} 12. c3 {117
} Nc5 {8} 13. Qc4 {76} Bxe5 {38} 14. Ne2 {52} Bd6 {44} 15. Bxg6 {16} hxg6 {14}
16. O-O {20} b6 {67} 17. a4 {61} Ba6 {Lepo_vip offers a draw 4} 18. Qd5 {130}
Bxe2 {20} 19. Rf2 {33} Ba6 {17} 20. b4 {25} Re1+ {40} 21. Rf1 {17} Rxf1# {


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