How to Solve Any Chess Tactics Puzzle

Training tactics is one of the most fun and impactful parts of your chess improvement journey. In this post we are going to go over how to solve any and every problem you may face. Step 1: Look For Checkmates A checkmate will always be the correct solution to a puzzle. If you see a checkmate pattern on the board, nothing else matters. You don't need to consider tactical patterns, material count or anything. A quick tip for solving for tactics is always to search first for a mating attack.…

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Chess Ratings – All You Need to Know

Chess ratings are a method to explain a player's skill level and also to determine the expected score against any given opponent. In this post, we explain lichess ratings, chess.com ratings, FIDE ratings, and USCF ratings. With the current landscape since 2020, online chess has definitely increased in popularity as over-the-board events were canceled for most of the year. Chess ratings are highly correlative between the different systems though, so improving one's online chess skills should transfer to over-the-board play. This plot shows the correlation between USCF Regular Ratings (y-axis)…

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Best Free Chess Improvement Resources

We all want to improve at chess. Books can be expensive, difficult, and time-consuming with diminishing returns. People are hesitant to spend their hard-earned money on a hobby. Let's go over the best chess improvement resources that you can get for free. Tactics Tactics are the heart and soul of chess. There are plenty of tremendous tactics books on the market. Let's check out what is available for free. Lichess The lichess tactics trainer is a treasure trove of tactics, all available for free. There are thousands and thousands of…

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Is a Chess.com Premium Membership Worth It? (2022)

Before we get started, I want to address the elephant in the room. No, this is not a paid post from chess.com. However, we are chess.com affiliates and get a percentage of the revenue if our readers subscribe. With that out of the way, let's explore the benefits of a chess.com premium membership. Live Chess Let's begin with what doesn't change. Getting premium will not change anything in-game. Upgrading your account does not give you an advantage over the board. Likewise, you have no disadvantage in a game against premium…

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Best Chess Study Plan – Year 1

Introduction The ChessGoals Case Study will compare three hypothetical chess players on their journey to chess mastery. Results for this study are based on past data from about 400 ChessGoals.com survey takers. Let us introduce the players. Charlie - Best Chess Study Plan Charlie, or “ChessGoals Charlie” as his friends call him, attempts to follow the optimal study plans laid out by Chess Goals. Charlie is 25 years old, has less than a year’s worth of chess experience, and has a chess.com blitz rating of 660. He is well aware…

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Tactic Teardown #2

Welcome back to Tactic Teardown, a series where we go over chess tactics in detail rather than just looking at the problem and making the first move that comes to mind. You can see the previous edition here and be notified of future posts by subscribing below. Tactic #1 Try this problem on chess.com Before I look at solving the problem, I'll first go over all the observations I can make about the position. Observations Black is up an exchange and down one pawn.White has a quick mating attack. For…

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Improve Quickly with Yusupov’s 9 Book Chess Training Program

Background Grandmaster Artur Yusupov was ranked as high as 3rd, behind only Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. In the early 2000s, Yusupov paired up with his trainer Mark Dvoretsky to form the Dvoretsky-Yusupov training school. As a chess trainer, Yusupov was not happy with the books available for amateur players, and he decided to create his own training program. Training Program In Russia, systematic training programs were popular for other sports based on the level of the athletes. Yusupov formatted his new program to take approximately three years to complete.…

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Best Chess Strategy Resources

What is Chess Strategy? Looking for the best chess strategy resources? You've come to the right place. Chess strategy is analyzing a position for recognizable patterns and then developing long-term plans to improve the placement of one's pieces. Learning chess strategy is one of the most difficult tasks in chess improvement. Mastering chess strategy requires knowing basic strategic rules, how to combine those rules, and also when there are exceptions to the rules. Recognizing strategic ideas will also tap into pattern recognition to help identify those plans. How to Improve…

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3 Best Chess Endgame Books

The endgame is the most difficult phase of the game of chess. One blunder can lose a won game or win a lost game. It's no surprise that there is a trove on information out there on the endgame. We want to condense our favorite resources into one place so you aren't overwhelmed by all the information out there. Here are the 3 books we are recommending: Silman's Complete Endgame Course100 Endgames You Must KnowDvoretsky's Endgame Manual Silman's Complete Endgame Course Silman's complete endgame course is an excellent resource on…

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