Tactics III – 20 Practical Puzzles

In order to excel at chess, you must be familiar with a vast array of tactical patterns and motifs. In your games these ideas will crop up all the time, so it is essential that we practice solving these tactics. When you try to find the best move in each position, there is a little rule that often helps you to come up with some candidate moves. The order of priority is as follows, look for checks first, and evaluate them, then all the captures; then threats. As soon as you see a way that definitely wins, then double check it, against your opponent`s best defence, and go for it! Ultimately, you must have confidence in your thoughts.

  1. Checks – the most forcing moves. When your opponent is in check, they have to do something about that, namely either take, block or move.
  2. Captures – These are the second most forcing moves, because they often force your opponent to recapture the lost material, otherwise they will suffer from a material deficiency, and lose after simplification.
  3. Threats – These moves don`t immediately attack your opponent, but they line up a sequence of moves that could potentially win the game. Your opponent must deal with this to stop the harmful sequence from occurring.

Basic Checkmates

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #1
figure 1

[Solution]

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #2
figure 2

[Solution]

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #3
figure 3

[Solution]

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #4
figure 4

[Solution]

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #5
figure 5

[Solution]

Remove the Defender

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #6
figure 6

[Solution]

 [black to move]

Tactics Assortment #7
figure 7

[Solution]

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #8
figure 8

[Solution]

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #9
figure 9

[Solution]

 [black to move]

Tactics Assortment #10
figure 10

[Solution]

Discovered Attack

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #11
figure 11

[Solution]

 [black to move]

Tactics Assortment #12
figure 12

[Solution]

 [black to move]

Tactics Assortment #13
figure 13

[Solution]

 [white to move]

Tactics Assortment #14
figure 14

[Solution]

[white to move]

Tactics Assortment #15
figure 15

[Solution]

Fork/ Double Attack 

 [black to move]

Tactics Assortment #16
figure 16

[Solution]

 [black to move]

Tactics Assortment #17
figure 17

[Solution] 

[black to move]

Tactics Assortment #18
figure 18

[Solution]

[white to move]

Tactics Assortment #19
figure 19

[Solution]

[white to move]

Tactics Assortment #20
figure 20

[Solution]

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