Becoming a good chess tactician is a lot like going to the gym – Going to the gym with the goal of transforming from a thin and wirey guy, to a guy with a buff and muscular physique.
What is required?
If we are to remove all of the marketing bullshit that fitness magazines say, I’d say its quite simple.
This includes nutritional plans, muscle specific exercises, supplementation, sleep requirements, etc.
This includes gym equipment, supplements, water bottle, healthy food, etc.
This includes having the discipline to go the gym daily, to take the necessary supplements as well as to eat intelligently and get enough sleep, etc.
Doing this will bulk up even the slimmest guy with mathematical certainty!
I guess some of you guys might be thinking…
We can apply the exact same formula as the “geek to freak” fellow above, in order to become a tactical monster.
We must have basic knowledge of all of the main tactical themes (my course on the basics of tactics is here) and how they work (the mechanics), plus knowledge of the tools needed to sharpen your vision in each area.
We must have access to the best tactics learning/training tools.
We must commit to working on tactics each day and consciously working on our weaknesses.
Doing this will massively improve the tactical skill of even the weakest chess player with mathematical certainty!
I was asked by one of the guys on my Facebook Page (Mr Nicolas Noël to be precise) about my opinion of LiChess’s tactics training feature.
Embarrassingly for an active chess coach, I’d never heard of LiChess having a tactics training feature and was only aware of similar tools on chess.com, ICC, and the king of them all, ChessTempo.
I promised to do a review today and as I often do… I kept my promise.
The video is posted below for your enjoyment.
I think LiChess.org’s chess training feature is excellent for overall training, especially since it is free, but for more serious improvement, I still think ChessTempo is better.
This is due to ChessTempo’s feature of being able to see a lot of statistical information about your tactical results as well as being able to choose specifically a single theme to train (which you might not have a good eye for).
User Interface: 9/10
Puzzle Variety: 10/10 (Excellent puzzles)
Features: 6/10 (Just a barebones database feeding puzzles to the user, which is standard but not comprehensive enough for serious players to train with.
So guys, I’ll leave you with a smashing tactical win I just enjoyed against some 2300+ monster on LiChess.org.
Follow my advice and you’ll quickly be playing games like this too! 🙂
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