How to Become a Deadly Chess Tactician - download book
Most of us love to play through games that contain sacrifices and combinations. They have the power to lift our hearts, amaze us and inspire us. But when it comes down to playing our next chess game, it's back to grinding out an advantage, scrambling for a draw or suffering miserably as our opponent crawls all over us. No wonder that many players believe that successful sacrificial play is mainly the preserve of masters and grandmasters.
Occasionally we play a little sacrifice, or concoct a simple combination. For weeks afterwards we are talking about or demonstrating our little masterpiece, apologizing that it wasn't very deep or spectacular, and keeping it away from the club champion for fear that he will - as he always does - prove it to be unsound. We nervously hope that our audience admires our effort as much as we treasure it. The achievement of an occasional fragment of chess art is what keeps many people playing the game.
Better tactics mean better results, and we do our best to train ourselves in the tactical arts. We are expected to learn and absorb a host of combinational patterns, but we never seem to create the positions in which they can be played. All that learning turns out to be a waste of effort.
We should not despair. I would lay a large bet that all of us often create positions in which sacrifices and combinations are possible, but we are not looking for them, so we don't see them. We could probably create even more such positions if we could anticipate the sacrificial possibilities in advance.
Author: David Lemoir
Title: "How to Become a Deadly Chess Tactician"
Number of pages: 123
Size: 7 Mb