Friday, August 18, 2006

Tactics, 8/18/06

Last night I read Predator at the Chessboard 2.10-2.13: knight forks. I also did 170 CTS tactical problems. My rating went up 51 points! I'm past "hoping" a tactic will work. I know it will work. I calculate it.

If you can solve a tactic in:

1-3 seconds, you "see" the tactic (pattern recognition).
4-9 seconds, you "understand" the tactic but have to calculate it.
10+ seconds, you don't fully grasp the tactic.

  "You must see!"
    -- Tarrasch

I solved the below in 8 seconds. How long will you take?

FEN: 8/p4k2/1p3n1p/2p2p2/P1PbrB1P/1P6/2PQ2PK/8 b - - 0 1

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