Chess Tactics, Calculation and Pattern recognition skills that will enable you create beautiful winning combinations What you'll learn: Be able to use a fundamental understanding of chess tactics and combinations to sky-rocket your results and rating Be able to make sure opportunities are not missed in Calculation using Weakness of last move, Common squares, and "In-Effect" Be able to make use of the important tactical motifs like Fork, Deflection, Decoy, Pins, Discovered Checks, and many more etc Be able to get a feel for downsides of opponents position which could imply a combination exists Be able to use chess combinations to often win by force from positions where no issues visually seem present Be able to know the philosophies of great tactical examples explained in depth and re-use them in your own games Be able to use inspirational calculation aids such as "The power of the pinned piece is illusionary" and "Combine and win" Be able to understand the importance of the prioritisation of forcing moves when calculating to limit the opponent's replies Be able to appreciate the examples of combinations from the World chess champions Be able to exploit the default downside often of the Weak Back Rank Be able to exploit your passed pawn potential through tactical means Be able to exploit loose piece liabilities of the opponent Be able to exploit King safety issues of the opponent Be able to detect tactical issues and "celebrate" them using the concept word of "down-sides" throughout the examples Be able to understand the Fundamentals of Chess Tactics - Forcing moves, checks, captures, threats of mate and limiting opponent options in general Be able to match appropriate combinations with the downsides of the opponents position Be able to maximise the differential imposed between strengths of your position and opponent weaknesses Be able to play brilliant and beautiful chess combinations - but be warned you may lose sleep over them Be able to detect if combinations exist using various approaches of detection and examples Be able to finish off opponents quickly and get a new game in the all-you-can eat online tournaments Be able to play with very high accuracy sharp combinations Be able to recognise all the key mating patterns that have been established through Chess History Be able to practice with multiple examples all key tactical instruments which are part of combinations Requirements Knows the basics of playing Chess Description FIDE CM Kingscrusher has one goal of the course. And that is to make you a much stronger tactician than ever before in your life. You should be in a much better position by training with this course to create beautiful chess combinations on the chessboard which feature a wide range of patterns and demonstrate amazing calculation ability. In short, the goal of the course is to make you a very strong chess tactician and help you enjoy your chess to the absolute maximum. This course has a structure which is essentially is "process" and "patterns". PROCESS: The Art of Chess Calculation The "process" aspect is the art of chess calculation. Even if you didn't know a single tactical pattern by name, you could still play amazing tactics just with great calculation which the course gives you a solid foundation in. Yes, even if you didn't know your forks from your pins, the "Process" part of the course as in the art of calculation would still enable you to play great chess combinations using an entire orchestra of tactical patterns without even knowing their names. But training yourself on patterns will enhance your art of calculation and you will be able to name the key tactical patterns which are important for searching them out to practice and discuss with others as well as prompt during your calculations. "Process" is like the software of your chess mind. "Patterns" are like the Content for that software. You need both the software and the content to be really effective as a tactician!. PROCESS -> MATCH WITH -< TOP DOWN APPROACHES Patterns help feed the process of calculation. Your goal often is to create a maximum differential between the strengths of your position which can be realised from very strong calculation skills and the downsides of the opponent's position which often requires a trained intuition and eye for potential downsides to ensure you are even aware combinational solutions might exist. PATTERNS: Tactical Patterns, Mating Patterns, Weakness of Position patterns. The "patterns" aspect is divided into three key "pattern" areas: Bold ones below represent really key and frequent visitors to most people's games Tactical Patterns (alphabetically) These tactical patterns are very useful to practice and help internalise. Absolute Pin Advanced Pawn Annihilation of Defence Alekhine's Gun Attraction Battery Blockading defensive resources Capture Capture the Defender Checks - gaining key tempo e.g. winning material via checks Clearance Combine and Win tactics Connected passed pawns Counterplay management move Counter Threat Cross-check Cross-pin Decoy Deflection Demolition of Pawns around opponent's king Demolition of Pawn Structure Desperado Discovered Attack Domination Double Attack Double Check Draw Tactics Endgame Tactics Exchange sacrifice f2 (or f7) weakness Forcing Moves Fork Goal Hanging Tactics e.g. N on f5 (also see Thorn pawn) Greek Gift Sacrifice Indirect Defense Interference Intermediate move (synonym: Zuichenzug) King Aggression in Endgames King Chase Liberational tactics Opposition Overload the defender Weakness of last move Passed pawn creation Pawn-Fork Pawn Tactics Pawn Breakthrough Perpetual Attack Perpetual Check Pins - Absolute Pins - Relative Pins - Celebration Positional Tactic Prophylaxis move Removing King Escape Squares Rook lift Sacrifice (Positional) Sacrifice (calculated) Simplification Queen and Bishop Battery Quiet but killer move (greatly used in Alekhine combinations) Relative Pin Remove the Defender Sacrifice Simplification Situational Pin Soft spot sacrifice Strategic Crush tactic - e.g. locking in bishop, good knight Skewer Stalemate Tactics Tempo Tactics Thorn Pawns Threat making Trapped Piece Triangulation Two Rooks Battery Two Rooks on 7th Rank Under-promotion Weak Back-Rank Weakness of last move Windmill X-Ray X-Ray Attack X-Ray Defense Zugzwang Zwischenzug Mating Patterns (alphabetically) These mating patterns are useful to practice and help internalise. Anastasia's mate Anderssen's mate Arabian mate Back-rank mate Bishop and knight mate Blackburne's mate Blind swine mate Boden's mate Box mate (Rook mate) Combine and Win Mate Corner mate Cozio's mate Damiano's bishop mate Damiano's mate David and Goliath mate Double bishop mate Dovetail mate Epaulette mate Fool's mate Greco's mate Hook mate Kill Box mate King and two bishops mate King and two knights mate Ladder checkmate Légal mate Lolli's mate Max Lange's mate Mayet's mate Morphy's mate Opera mate Pillsbury's mate Queen mate Réti's mate Smothered mate Support mate Suffocation mate Swallow's tail mate "Opponent Downsides" aka "Tactical Issues" aka "Tactical Liabilities" aka "Weakness of Position" Patterns These help you intuitively identify if a combination may exist in the position. Awkward Pieces (trappable) King Safety Issues e.g. Back rank Loose pieces (unprotected) Overworked pieces Pieces away from King Tactical Liabilities in general Weaknesses in general Who this course is for Chess beginner and intermediate players will get massive results improvement from this course Even more experienced players who want to sharpen their tactics. Every chess player can improve their tactical skills.
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