"We think in generalities, but we live in details."
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

ChessWorld.net's Tactics technical paper suite!
This suite of papers can help improve your tactical ability including your ability to solve Chess Puzzles!

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Abstract

This technical paper looks at tactics from a number of perspectives ranging from thinking about tactics fundamentally to specific types of concrete tactical ideas. It concludes with a word of warning about tactics- to put them in the context of positional play and planning. The paper uses excellent examples from three of the greatest tacticians arguably this century :- Kasparov, Fischer and Tal.

Feedback is welcome to be incorporated in future evolutions of this suite!

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Garry Kasparov

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Robert James "Bobby" Fischer

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Mikhail Tal

Index

  1. How important is tactical ability in chess?
  2. Can tactical ability be learned/ trained?
  3. A theoretical tactical thought process model
    Assessing the positional elements
    Assessing the tactical elements
    The calculation of variations
    Developing a winning combination
    Making sure the combination is sound
    Conclusions and Summary
  4. Tactics in the context of positional play