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Chess tactics may seem complicated with over 50 different tactical motifs and thousands of chess tactical puzzles that you need to solve in order to learn/memorize these common tactical patterns. That’s why in this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov presents to you a simple, most comprehensive, and a complete chess tactics guide.

This guide is universal that will help you spot tactics in your games and also not to overlook tactics from your opponent. In this complete system, GM Igor Smirnov will walk you through the A-Z of chess tactics, break it down in to easy steps so that you can understand it fully.

Most chess players can easily spot tactics while solving puzzles because they already know that they have to look for tactics. While the same players fail to spot tactical shots in their own games. If you can relate to this, this complete chess tactics guide will help you spot tactics in your games within just seconds!

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► Chapters

00:00 Comprehensive Chess Tactics Guide for Intermediates

00:38 What is chess tactics vs chess strategy?

00:57 How to find chess tactics in your games?

01:30 Precondition for tactics: Attacking move

03:22 1. Spotting weaknesses in opponent’s position

05:31 2. Candidate moves: checks, captures, threats

08:53 Example-2

10:53 Calculate/Play the most forcing move possible

12:04 No need to know all tactical motifs

12:43 Puzzle for you: can you find the win?

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► Chapters

00:00 Comprehensive Chess Tactics Guide for Intermediates

00:38 What is chess tactics vs chess strategy?

00:57 How to find chess tactics in your games?

01:30 Precondition for tactics: Attacking move

03:22 1. Spotting weaknesses in opponent's position

05:31 2. Candidate moves: checks, captures, threats

08:53 Example-2

10:53 Calculate/Play the most forcing move possible

12:04 No need to know all tactical motifs

12:43 Puzzle for you: can you find the win?

Nice

Last puzzle: 1.Q:d6 c:d6 2.Nf7. Either black plays Kg8 and we take on g5, and we won a piece, either rook takes on f7, then we have Re8 check, Rf8, R:f8 checkmate. This is why it was important to eliminate the bishop first, else the f8 square would have been guarded twice

1. Qxd6, cxd6, 2. Nf7+, Kg8, 3. Nxg5+, Kh8, 4. Nf7+, Kg8, 5. Nxd6, wins Bishop and a pawn.

Thanks Igor!! I am new to your content and its aready making a difference in my game.

Best chess instruction on YouTube!

Back rank mate or take the queen.

Nf7+ Rxf7

Rd8+ Rf8

Rxf8#

Or if

Nf7+ Kg8

Nxg5

The second example ist really nice and it took me a few seconds to find the solution. Spectacular …

Qd6

Very very instructive. Great job , this has helped me tremendously get my thought process down. Do you give private lessons?

Awesome, thank you!

My problem is that I can see that there’s a tactic I can do in-game and probably know how to start it, but not know all my opponent’s moves . End up wasting time to be down material lol

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8:22 1R-e6 R-e8, 2R×Q R-Q, 3R×f6 R-e1+, 4 K-h2 R-a1

You've taught me so much over the last few years. Another great video. Thanks mate 🙂👍

Qe5

Qd5

11:34 – Rh3 check mate.

For the second one can rook h3 work?

I find at times I will find a forcing move, and stop there, because I get an advantage, and fail to find a better move. This can create a blind spot because I am so focused on an advantage. NF7 looks fantastic, because you win the exchange, and finding QxB harder because you want to go forward with what you know is an winning move, with less calculations, finding QxB, then PxQ, then you follow up with NF7, and when RxN, then you can RE8 to force the check mate. The quick and easy victories will blind me to the ultimate win.

Thank you, GM Smirnov!

Qd5 unstoppable checkmate

Did u hear the lesson? The most forcing move is of course check, so look for that. Nf7? Oh lovely, it forks Q! So black must take N. Only Rf7 available, but white bishop takes back. White has material advantage, threatens Re8 mate, black K is cornered, white should win.

Thank you, GM Smirnov; I think this is the best lesson I have ever seen! (May I call you Igor now? 😄). I hope my answer is correct?

Hey in the second example does 1 Rh3 still win, just more slowly?

1. Re6

As a chess teacher Igor you SHOULD know the 50 motifs . To not know them creates doubts about your teaching knowledge and abilities. Every coach and teacher worth his salt knows his stuff. You are quite brave admitting that. Because you are obviously a great chess educator I will just overlook that and forget you admitted that after all you did explain why it does not really matter not knowing what the motif is called as long as you understand it. But yeah just saying it does not look good admitting that. With your background in psychology I am amazed you said it

My rating is 250.

I m coming under the 1800 rated category.

I m happy.

for the puzzle you check with the knight then move the rook all the way up

Great method!

Do you have a tip on improving patience to study tactics?

For example; I saw Qxd6 immediately it felt like the move but I couldn't actually see the back rank issues…

After 2 minutes I get frustrated and look at the comments 🙂

Many times I get sad emotions when I can't find the solution. If I'm in a good state of mind it takes me 10-25 minutes to solve a 2200 level tactic (I am 1900 lichess classical)

This tactic seems not so difficult, and still, I couldn't solve it "fast enough" to not get frustrated. Tips?…

Been wondering. At 1:25 we see in the video clip on the upper right screen, a player using their Queen to physically knock over the (checkmated) King. If you did this in an OTB tournament, what would happen next?

Sac the queen for the bishop. Check with the kight forking the queen. They capture with rook. Then check with rook. Mate in 1

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Qxd6 + cxd6 + Nf7 + Rxf7+ RG8 Check and Chekmate

Narcissist likes to hear themselves talk

Nf7+, and threatens queen. RxNf7, Re8++. If Nf7+, Kg8, then NxQg5+ (by bishop), Kg8 then Nf7+ again, (if takes with rook leads to mate as before) so Kg8 again, NxBd6, cxNd6 then Qxd6, attacking rook, rook is trapped and mate is on next move.

Ur 2nd puzzle i already see the answer in 2 seconds

HI YOU ARE DOING SUPERB !! IS IT POSSIBLE TO DOWNLOAD FULLGAME PGN SO ANY ONE CAN SEE HOW WE REACHED THIS TACTICAL POSITION AND PRACTICE BUILD FOR OPPONENT.THANKS

solution

knight moves to f7 check and threatening the queen and bishop, so black have no choice but to take knight with rook

bishop takes the rook at f7 preparing for a check, black can move his pawn to h6 but it will just make the game longer with an inevitable defeat so queen blocks the check of rook e8 by queen d8

rook then ignores the queen and proceeds to move to e8 checking the king and threatening the queen, so the queen have no choice but to take rook e8 then bishop takes queen gaining a material advantage

and the rest is on how you use your advantage