Complete Chess Tactics Guide For Under-1800 Rated Players

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Chess tactics may seem complicated with over 50 different tactical motifs and thousands of chess tactical puzzles that you need to solve in order to learn/memorize these common tactical patterns. That’s why in this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov presents to you a simple, most comprehensive, and a complete chess tactics guide.

This guide is universal that will help you spot tactics in your games and also not to overlook tactics from your opponent. In this complete system, GM Igor Smirnov will walk you through the A-Z of chess tactics, break it down in to easy steps so that you can understand it fully.

Most chess players can easily spot tactics while solving puzzles because they already know that they have to look for tactics. While the same players fail to spot tactical shots in their own games. If you can relate to this, this complete chess tactics guide will help you spot tactics in your games within just seconds!

► Chapters

00:00 Comprehensive Chess Tactics Guide for Intermediates
00:38 What is chess tactics vs chess strategy?
00:57 How to find chess tactics in your games?
01:30 Precondition for tactics: Attacking move
03:22 1. Spotting weaknesses in opponent’s position
05:31 2. Candidate moves: checks, captures, threats
08:53 Example-2
10:53 Calculate/Play the most forcing move possible
12:04 No need to know all tactical motifs
12:43 Puzzle for you: can you find the win?

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  1. I find at times I will find a forcing move, and stop there, because I get an advantage, and fail to find a better move. This can create a blind spot because I am so focused on an advantage. NF7 looks fantastic, because you win the exchange, and finding QxB harder because you want to go forward with what you know is an winning move, with less calculations, finding QxB, then PxQ, then you follow up with NF7, and when RxN, then you can RE8 to force the check mate. The quick and easy victories will blind me to the ultimate win.

  2. Did u hear the lesson? The most forcing move is of course check, so look for that. Nf7? Oh lovely, it forks Q! So black must take N. Only Rf7 available, but white bishop takes back. White has material advantage, threatens Re8 mate, black K is cornered, white should win.

  3. Thank you, GM Smirnov; I think this is the best lesson I have ever seen! (May I call you Igor now? 😄). I hope my answer is correct?

  4. Hey in the second example does 1 Rh3 still win, just more slowly?

  5. As a chess teacher Igor you SHOULD know the 50 motifs . To not know them creates doubts about your teaching knowledge and abilities. Every coach and teacher worth his salt knows his stuff. You are quite brave admitting that. Because you are obviously a great chess educator I will just overlook that and forget you admitted that after all you did explain why it does not really matter not knowing what the motif is called as long as you understand it. But yeah just saying it does not look good admitting that. With your background in psychology I am amazed you said it

  6. My rating is 250.
    I m coming under the 1800 rated category.
    I m happy.

  7. for the puzzle you check with the knight then move the rook all the way up

  8. Great method!
    Do you have a tip on improving patience to study tactics?
    For example; I saw Qxd6 immediately it felt like the move but I couldn't actually see the back rank issues…
    After 2 minutes I get frustrated and look at the comments 🙂
    Many times I get sad emotions when I can't find the solution. If I'm in a good state of mind it takes me 10-25 minutes to solve a 2200 level tactic (I am 1900 lichess classical)
    This tactic seems not so difficult, and still, I couldn't solve it "fast enough" to not get frustrated. Tips?…

  9. Been wondering. At 1:25 we see in the video clip on the upper right screen, a player using their Queen to physically knock over the (checkmated) King. If you did this in an OTB tournament, what would happen next?

  10. Sac the queen for the bishop. Check with the kight forking the queen. They capture with rook. Then check with rook. Mate in 1

  11. Qxd6 + cxd6 + Nf7 + Rxf7+ RG8 Check and Chekmate

  12. Narcissist likes to hear themselves talk

  13. Nf7+, and threatens queen. RxNf7, Re8++. If Nf7+, Kg8, then NxQg5+ (by bishop), Kg8 then Nf7+ again, (if takes with rook leads to mate as before) so Kg8 again, NxBd6, cxNd6 then Qxd6, attacking rook, rook is trapped and mate is on next move.

  14. Ur 2nd puzzle i already see the answer in 2 seconds


  16. solution
    knight moves to f7 check and threatening the queen and bishop, so black have no choice but to take knight with rook

    bishop takes the rook at f7 preparing for a check, black can move his pawn to h6 but it will just make the game longer with an inevitable defeat so queen blocks the check of rook e8 by queen d8

    rook then ignores the queen and proceeds to move to e8 checking the king and threatening the queen, so the queen have no choice but to take rook e8 then bishop takes queen gaining a material advantage

    and the rest is on how you use your advantage

  17. Nf7+ Rxf7. Bxf7 Qd8. Re8 is protected by the bishop, winning the queen.

  18. In the second example you accidentally left your knight on G4 when that wasn’t it’s starting position so that checkmate wouldn’t work for that example

  19. Nf7+ forking the queen so rook takes and then recapture with the bishop and you've won a rook for a knight and you're threatening mate on the next move

  20. Excellent Video GM Igor! Thank you so much for all your videos on chess that you post for free! I have enjoyed watching your videos and learning so much from them! I can't thank you enough for doing this for all of us that enjoy chess as a hobby!

  21. Qd5-whatever black plays,Qg8-rook is forced to capture, Kf7 smothered chekmate

  22. is the Correct move??
    knight to f7 check which forks the king and queen and if they dont take and move the king i take the queen up by nine points. If not and they take with the rook on f8 then white plays rook e 8 checking the king and the rook has to go back to the f8 square. White takes the other rook and it also being checkmate white wins.

  23. 1. queen takes bishop on e6, pawn captures
    2. knight f7 check, rook captures
    3. Rook e8 check, rook blocks
    4. rook takes – check mate

  24. Nf7+ is the wining move followed by Re8 Checkmate

  25. I saw the answer to this puzzle within 30 seconds. So all of what you were saying was just falling on death years. I think it would be better for you to do a lot of puzzles just in front of us. Really hard ones maybe you can get them from a website and solve them in front of us and go get the process. But just 1 simple puzzle like this for 10 minutes It's taking too long.

  26. you are so Awesome Thank You so much. I always learn from your video's

  27. I reached 1040 rapid and then I don't know what happened now im stuck in 800 – 890 😢

  28. The last puzzle white to win is Knight to f7 threats the king a check while the black takes the knight by moving rook to f7 then the white moves his bishop to the f7 taking the rook (it's upon my imagination so)the black tries to move his queen to f6 threats to take the bishop but the white moves his rook to e8 give the king check mate) I am new so if I am wrong sorry

  29. What is the good source of chess opening etc.

  30. Last puzzle knight to f7 if black takes with rook we take bishop to find than we give checkmate by rook to e8

  31. Really great video! I truly believe that certainly in the middlegame, it can be extremely adventagous (especially for beginner/intermediate players) to ask yourself the same questions such as these every move to not overlook things

  32. 1.Nf7+, Kg8 2.Nxg5+, Kh8 3.Qd5 and whatever black plays, smothered mate is unstoppable

  33. 12:37 Why not Rh3? If captures checkmate and if not checkmate anyways with queen takes h2

  34. Mungkin saya bisa mencari tips yang lebih kompleks dan tajam untuk meningkatkan permainan saya. Tapi terima kasih atas usahanya!

  35. the last puzzle is called removing the defender

  36. I think the answer is Qd5 because it’s a checkmate if they take and they lose their queen if they don’t take after we play Qg8 (I’m unrated).
    Thank you for posting this video Igor and for all the work you’ve done to teach us!!😊

  37. GM Igor Smirnov is the best coach we’ve ever had.
    Keep it up!!!😃😃😃😃😃

  38. It's a three move checkmate first knight to f5, black has to take the knight or the queen is gone , then rook to e8 check, black back to the same but late and then checkmate white rook takes black rook check mate❤easy

  39. I am 1700 RE6 is the answer of this puzzle i find that in 2 or 3 minutes thats common puzzles of woodpecker method book best to improve tactics

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