Solving vs Recognizing Tactics, IM Andrew Martin Videos, Knight Moves

  • Call for Artists for the upcoming “Art of Chess” exhibition that will be held at the Glovinsky Gallery in Denver.

This exhibit features an original “Chess” themed art exhibition right in the heart of Denver’s Beautiful Santa Fe Arts District! Two incredible evenings of art, wine, and of course—the timeless game of Chess!

  • Greenpawn34, my favorite chess blogger, is currently looking for games that begin and end with the same move, for an upcoming blog post.  For example, white’s first move starts with 1. Nf3 then white ends the game with Nf3#.  If you have any such games, let me know!

  • I subscribe to the “YMChessMaster” YouTube Chess Channel.  The YM stands for “Yateley Manor”, which is a Prep School in England.  The videos are made by International Martin Andrew Martin, and are really well done, very interesting, educational, and fun.  Check them out!

  • This month’s Novice Nook Column by Dan Heisman is really good, and is on the subject of Chess Tactics (my favorite chess related topic).  Dan writes:

    Quote of the Month:

    You don’t want to be able to solve easy tactical patterns; you want to be able to recognize them!

    One of the first tasks of an improving player is repetitive study of easy tactics problems. The goal is to recognize both the pattern and solution in a fairly short time. The ability to solve any easy tactic quickly is helpful, but recognition is much better. Consider the following analogy. It is nice to have the ability to add up six sevens quickly, but knowing that six times seven is forty-two is not only faster but subject to less error.

 I totally agree with Dan’s idea here about tactical study.  You want to be able to RECOGNIZE the tactical patterns, not just SOLVE them.  This is a VERY important idea. 

I try to incorporate these ideas in my chess tactics newsletters, and present typical patterns that I think all chess players should know.

  •  I recently discovered the FICS game database, where you can download thousands of games, and search for certain types of games.  I will be adding games from this database to my tactics time database.  Very cool!
  • I recently read 2 interesting articles showing visuals on how the knights move.  The first is here, and the second here.

The numbers represent the number of moves it would take the knight to go to that square

  • I’ve been getting a lot of great questions and feedback about some of the tactics in my newsletter.  If there is a tactics problem that you don’t understand, feel free to send me a question

I sometimes make mistakes as well, so if you see something wrong in one of the newsletters let me know.  Randy Reynolds has helped me find several errors!  Each person starts off with newsletter 1, so if you find a problem, you can ensure that future readers will see a corrected version.

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  1. Thanks! Of course, the idea that you want to recognize tactics and not just be able to solve them has been suggested in Novice Nook several times before, for example in Tactical Sets and Goals. IMHO it’s not as important as the idea that Counting is a non-understood and necessary tactic (that’s probably my one big tactic “new” idea) but it’s still important for improvement. My Novice Nook next month is particularly interesting: “I Don’t Know What to Do” – with lots of references to earlier NNs it becomes “The guide for what to do when you don’t know what to do” :) Hope you enjoy all the NNs via – Regards, Dan H

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