Chess Tactics (also called chess problems, or tactical exercises) are a great learning tool and an excellent way to improve your chess skills.
It's all about spotting the winning move in any position, exploiting a weakness in your opponent's defenses, or taking advantage of
a miscalculated move. All Chess Tactics exercises only have a single decisive move at each turn —
a powerful chess engine was used to verify that making any other moves would be significantly less advantageous (in the long run).
The goal of Chess Tactics is to gain maximum advantage in the shortest possible number of moves.
Which means you always need to look for the shortest path to the maximum gain,
be it capturing more pieces or checkmating your opponent faster.
Because these are tactical exercises, they are about winning local battles,
and not so much about winning the overall games. You might already be winning the game
in the presented position, or there might exist more than one way to checkmate your opponent
— your goal is to gain even more advantage, or to find the absolute quickest
way to checkmate.
Don't get discouraged if you fail to solve a Chess Tactics problem —
take it as a learning opportunity and study the correct solution.
And make sure to return here daily to keep improving your tactical skills!
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