** Discover the truth about chess improvement and raising your rating quickly **

Who Else Wants to Raise Their Rating 400 Points?

Chess Improvement Secrets Revealed ...

"The Tactics training is starting to pay off...I'm beginning to actually look for and find the best move. Thanks Tim." -Clarence Buchholz, Lafayette CO

From the desk of Tim Brennan
Date: Tuesday 7:49 pm
Subject: Your Chess Improvement

Dear Chess Friend:

Whether your goal in 2013 is to chalk more wins, prep for a tournament or increase your chess rating without blowing hundreds of dollars and wasting precious hours with boring and fruitless study, this is a report you’ll not want to miss..

Let me ask you a question:

Have you ever fumbled an important chess game?

Be honest with me here.

I want to know:

  • …have you ever been winning a game, only to blow it after you missed a simple two-move combination ?
  • …have you ever spent hours, days or even months studying a chess book only to later realize that you didn’t gain a single rating point from all that time and effort…and possibly even lost rating points ?
  • …have you ever lost to a weaker opponent who you know you should’ve crushed ? (The worst part: you probably beat yourself up afterwards and felt even WORSE)
  • …have you ever felt as if you can’t improve at chess, and are “stuck” in class player hell ?
  • …have you ever felt that you should be better at chess, given how much time, energy and money you have spent on it ?
  • …have you ever felt lost in the ocean of chess jargon and information, and felt there has to be a better way to improve ?
  • …have you ever been beaten by a kid that only recently started playing ? You might even have felt angry or humiliated because you have been playing for years, possibly before this kid was even born. Maybe you even faced the disapproval of your friends or wife after this loss.
  • …have you ever missed an obvious move–or hung a piece for no reason–and just wanted to kick yourself afterward ?
  • …have you ever felt embarrassed, humiliated, or disrespected because of your chess rating ? (but not been able to do a damn thing about it)
  • …have you ever had a chess loss keep you up at night ?
  • …have you ever felt embarrassed when people ask you your rating ?
  • …have you ever felt that your friends or opponents do not take you seriously as a chess player ?
  • …have you ever missed “simple” one- or two-move tactics in your games ?
  • …have you ever felt like you’re not improving?  And possibly that you are even getting worse ?
  • …have you ever desired a higher rating, but aren’t sure how to achieve this goal ?
  • …have you spent dozens, possibly hundreds or thousands of hours studying chess, but still haven’t reached your goals ?
  • …have you ever felt like there has to be an easier way ?
  • …have you ever felt that you’re not playing up to your potential ?
  • …have you ever had your rating stay basically the same for years, despite playing often ?
  • …have you ever felt bored or frustrated studying chess ?
  • …have you ever felt like just throwing in the towel and giving up because it seems like NOTHING will work…and that you should just accept it ?
Sound familiar?

If you answered “YES” to any of the above questions then I have some important news for you:

You’re NOT alone. In fact, this list of questions was created from years of personal experience and learning this myself.

If you’re like I was when I first started working on my “chess game” then you’ve been in one or more of the above situations–probably MANY TIMES.

And what’s the WORST part when these things happen?

I’ll tell you: the most PAINFUL part of it is that as it’s happening, you FEEL that it’s YOU that’s screwing things up!

It’s not your opponent.

It’s not the game.

It’s not ANYTHING else.

It’s YOU…and you know it. You FEEL as if you’re out of control–of yourself and the situation, and you FEEL that you’re the one who’s screwing things up…because you just can’t get CONTROL of yourself.

And THAT’S the part that really sucks.

Why Is This So ****ing Hard??

After many years of studying chess, reading forums, doing “self-help,” and working to figure out my own crazy mind and emotions, I started to wonder:

Why is chess improvement so HARD for most players?

I mean, it’s challenging enough to get up and go to work everyday, pay the bills and keep the car running right–but that’s only PART of life. We ALSO have to deal with the fact that our “hobby” can also drive us crazy and be very frustrating!

The question I kept coming back to was: Why is it so hard to improve at chess, raise my rating and win more games?

One of the answers I came up with was pretty interesting.  And it’s something that could help YOU deal with some of these same challenges…

The Big “Ah Ha!” That Changed Everything For Me

The answer I’m about to reveal is simple…but it took me a LONG time to figure out.

So take this as hard-earned wisdom…from one friend to another.

After all these years of study I think I’ve finally gotten it right.

I’ll also show you how to get your hands on an exclusive “insiders guide” to chess improvement that will raise your rating to the highest it has ever been. But more on that in a moment.

Insight #1:  The most important thing I learned is that there is a difference between chess knowledge and chess ability.

When I first started going to the chess club I would hear the stronger players talk about openings with funny names, and the hundreds of chess books that they had owned, and clichéd information like “You need to study end-games” first.

I would walk down to the Denver Public Library–which had hundreds of chess books–and just pick one up and start reading it.

All of the information was new to me so I figured it was useful.

I had already read “Chess for Dummies” and “The Idiots Guide to Chess” so I felt I already knew the basics–like what a pin was and what a fork was–and needed something more advanced.

So I started reading about “strategy” and “weak squares” and “planning” so I could “reassess my chess.”

The problem was that I was only rated 1100 at the time, and the basics I thought I had learned, I really hadn’t!

When reading books, if I came across a problem with a knight fork in it I would say to myself “Oh I already know that” and go on to study something I didn’t know yet…like triangulation.

It exasperated me to no end when I would later be playing a game and miss a similar knight fork! To add insult to injury, the opportunity to use my fancy newfound knowledge about “triangulation” in an endgame never even materialized!

…I’d filled my brain with unusable “chess knowledge,” but still lacked “chess ability!”

That one simple shift in thinking changed my focus, took me in a brand-new direction, and ultimately had a major impact on my long-term success in the world of chess and raising my rating.

Once I’d made this shift, I started to experience the chess world in a completely new way, and this allowed me to discover new insights that I never had previously.

I’m going to share MY list of chess rating improvement game changers with you. Read through these, and see if this makes sense to you…

Insight #2:  Most class player games are being won or lost by simple tactics.

In 2004, I became editor of the Colorado Chess Informant magazine, which is the official state magazine for the Colorado State Chess Association. This magazine came out 4 times a year.

I started a column in that magazine called “Tactics Time,” which contained 9 tactics each issue, taken from games played in Colorado.

This was the first time I started really looking at class player games, and how they were being won or lost. This led me to the insight that most class player games are being won or lost by simple tactics.

I call this The Elusive Obvious.

This fact wasn’t evident until I had studied a lot of class player games, and I’d never heard mention of it by any chess books or teachers either.

Why it may not be obvious:

  • Most books/magazines/websites contain games between players who are Masters or above.
  • Most class player games are never seen by anybody besides the people who played them.
  • Most class player games that are published and seen by a lot of people are the VERY best games that person has ever played. Nobody ever submitted a game where they played terrible, or lost by a blunder.
  • Most class players are embarrassed when they lose a game by a blunder, and rationalize that they won’t make the same mistake again “next time.”

So if you only looked at Master games, or the best games of class players, you would get a very distorted view of what is going on in most chess games.

It would be like the people overseas who think that “Baywatch” is an accurate portrayal of what people on American beaches look like!

So once I started looking at these games closer, I realized just how many games are being lost by stupid one-two move mistakes.

Since then I have looked at, and analyzed THOUSANDS of class player games. I literally collect them! I run them through super powerful chess computer programs, and write about them on an almost daily basis.

I wanted to crack the code on why class players were getting stuck at their rating levels–not improving, and how games were being won or lost at the class level.

But I also learned that there is more to winning than just turning your brain into a chess tactics computer…

Insight #3:  You have the power inside you to play great chess, you just have to UNLEASH IT.

I’ll confess, I’m a huge fan of Tony Robbins.

You may know him from his late-night infomercials selling his “Personal Power” program, or from the movie “Shallow Hal” as the guy who hypnotizes Hal into thinking his girlfriend looks like Gwyneth Paltrow.

I attended his “Unleash the Power Within” seminar here in Colorado Springs a few years ago after I was having a really difficult time in my personal life.

My wife that I loved more than anything in the world had left me, and I found out she had been cheating on me for years with one of my best friends!

I basically had a nervous breakdown, and was a complete wreck.

I went to Tony’s seminar, which totally brought me back to life.

He had us jumping up and down, chanting, and walking on hot coals in our bare feet.

It was an insane experience, but it really helped me.

Tony taught about the power of positive thinking, focusing on your outcome, visualizing success, and using your body and “anchors” to give yourself an amazing feeling of power.

I drank up these ideas because I was desperate for something that would help me get out of the mental and emotional hell I was in.

Two weeks later I traveled to Reno Nevada to play in the Far West Open B section in Reno. Despite all of the drama and traumatic emotional experiences that I had just been through, I was able to UNLEASH and won first place, going undefeated in my section!

I also learned from this experience the power that chess has to give you confidence, even if you felt you had lost it. Winning that tournament really helped me ease the pain I was feeling inside at the time, and feel better about myself.

Years later, while working on my website and database, I “accidentally” ended up winning another chess tournament. Even though I hadn’t been playing much and was “rusty,” looking at so many tactics made my tactical muscles and board vision really strong. I wasn’t really even “studying” them, mostly glancing at them, and organizing them. After I won the tournament–and several hundred dollars–my friend Anthea remarked that my database gave me “Tactical Steroids.”

After I won this tournament I had TONS of confidence because I knew my system was working.  I was proud of what I’d created, and pictured it helping thousands of other chess players around the world. This confidence led me to ask out a really cute girl at my gym, who is now my girlfriend! If I hadn’t won that tournament, I’m not sure I would have had the guts to ever ask her out.

Insight #4:  Learning Equals Behavior Change

After learning from Tony Robbins, I got more into studying things like psychology, motivation, success, self improvement, and how humans “tick” in general.

I started reading and listening to a ton of audio books such as, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie, and “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I attended seminars and retreats, and absorbed everything I could on the subject.

One idea that I really like is “Learning Equals Behavior Change,” which I got from Eben Pagan and Wyatt Woodsmall.

For most of us, “Learning” just means that you know something. It’s a simple thing to understand, right?

If someone tells you how to lose weight for example, then you’ve “learned” how to lose weight, right?

Not so, according to Wyatt and Eben.

What they teach is that “Learning Equals Behavior Change.” In other words, learning isn’t learning, and matters very little if it doesn’t effect some change in you.

So if you read how to do an “Arabian Mate,” solve a puzzle with this idea, but then miss a similar mate a week later at your chess club, you haven’t really learned anything, because your behavior hasn’t changed.

They also teach that “education” means literally drawing out what’s already inside a person, not filling them up with information they don’t need or want.

That is what I do with my Tactics Time Product.

Most chess players can find the right moves in positions when they are presented as a chess puzzle. Most of them aren’t really that difficult.

And I have no desire to fill your brain with useless chess knowledge just for the sake of it.

What I would really like to draw out of you is the behavior change of always seeing these same types of tactics in your real games.

To look for tactics on every move.

To never miss a tactic, or an opponent’s tactic.

To just see the tactic automatically through pattern recognition.

The skills to find the tactics are already in most of you, they just need to be used on a more consistent basis–i.e. behavior change, and true learning..

This will cause you to win more games, raise your rating, and have more fun playing chess!

That is my goal.

Why You Should Put On a Ski Mask, Lower Yourself from the Ceiling On a Wire–à la Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible–To Steal Tim’s TACTICS TIME Training:

Queue up the groovy spy music.

Listen, here’s The Bottom Line…

NOT having the success you crave in the chess arena feels bad.

It sucks.

It leaves you feeling you have no power in your life. It creates an underlying “distraction” that overpowers everything else…which leads to anger, frustration and a simmering resentment.

It leads to feeling you’re a FAILURE.

On the other hand… KNOWING how to play a winning game of chess feels… AWESOME.

It feels good to win tournaments… and it feels good to have the admiration of your friends

It feels good to know how to find the best moves… so you control the game instead of the game controlling you.

It just feels good to win chess games.

It not only feels good to YOU, it also feels good to YOUR FRIENDS… and it’s WORTH LEARNING.

Most Players Never Learn, So They Keep Making The Same Mistakes Over And Over Again…

Let me tell you a little story…

One time shortly after I moved to Denver, a co-worker invited me and another buddy over to his house to play chess after work. I was a class “D” player at the time, and they were both rated higher than me.

I arrived a little late, and these two guys were finishing up their game. I watched the last 10-15 minutes of the game, when it was over I offered my analysis on the final position.

Once I was done giving my two cents, the “host” said to me, “WHY don’t you BE QUIET, and MAYBE YOU WILL LEARN SOMETHING.”

The only reason he felt it was his right to speak to me in this insulting tone was because of my lowly rating.

Needless to say I immediately left, went home crushed, and vowed to do WHATEVER IT TOOK to raise my chess rating.

I read every resource I could get my hands on to figure out the quickest path to chess improvement.

I’ve tossed thousands of dollars in the ‘chess furnace’ trying to learn what works in the area of chess improvement.

I’ve attended lectures and worked with coaches, bought and read hundreds of books, magazines, blogs, forum posts, videos, software and done everything the “gurus” promised would work… only to wind up burned every time.

Until one day when I finally found what I was searching for–but more on that in a minute.

After all these years of study I think I’ve gotten it (mostly) nailed down. That’s why I want to give you a chess training formula to raise your rating that works. Every time.

First, lets talk about what your chess improvement plan must contain if you want to increase your rating and dominance at the chess board. Then discuss what to avoid.

These Little Mistakes Are Costing Chess Players Hundreds of Rating Points:

  • Mistake #1:  Ignoring the Pareto Principle, also known as the “80/20″ rule. This rule states that, in many situations, roughly 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes. Applying this rule to your chess study is key.
  • Mistake #2:  Just playing chess, but not balancing it with study. The opposite is sometimes true as well, that the person is not playing enough to reinforce what they have learned.
  • Mistake #3:  The Definition of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
  • Mistake #4:  The “I Know That Already” Syndrome: Not studying something because of the belief that you already know it, when you really do not.
The SECRET that helped me crack the CODE to FAST CHESS IMPROVEMENT

Getting back to my story…

The day where I had my “AH-HA” moment was when I read the article “How I gained 400 points in 400 days” by Michael de la Maza.

De la Maza wrote a two part article for chesscafe.com that outlined A SIMPLE PLAN with ONE MAIN IDEA.

That idea was to “STUDY TACTICS.

What about Openings?

What about Endgames?

What about Strategy?



I followed Michael’s advice and I studied tactics until my eyes bled.

I went to bed dreaming of knight forks, back rank mates, and queen sacrifices.

I went through tactics books until the bindings were literally falling apart.

I would spend hours playing blitz against homeless bums at the 16th street mall–whose toxic body odor almost made me puke–just to get in as much tactical training as I could.

And you know what?

De La Maza was right!

My rating quickly rose from the lowly “D class” all the way to the “B” class in a matter of weeks. I almost completely skipped over the “C class” altogether.

I started winning tournaments.

I started to become feared.

My confidence grew, both over the board, and in my entire life.

Then a few months later I got my chance…

…the chance to play a rated game against the host who had humiliated me, and made fun of my chess abilities and lowly rating…

And I CRUSHED him tactically!

REVENGE is a dish best SERVED COLD…

I even annotated the game, and had it published on the internet for everyone to see.

That may have been petty at the time–the host and I are now really good friends–but at the time it was important to me, and proved one important thing:

The system WORKED.

After I experienced this success for myself, I wanted to help other people to experience the joys of winning chess and rapid improvement that I had for myself.

First I started writing a column for our state magazine The Colorado Chess Informant, called “Tactics Time.”

It came out 4 times a year, and contained 9 different chess tactics puzzles.

The column has been quite popular over the past decade and I received some great feedback. But this had quite a limited audience, and was infrequent.

Then I helped my friend Francisco improve his chess game. I’d do analysis of his games and send him feedback. I repeated my mantra of studying tactics often.

He went on to experience rapid improvement, and even BEAT GRANDMASTER WALTER BROWNE in a simul in Reno, which has become a famous game on the internet.

Francisco will be the first to admit he hasn’t studied strategy, tons of openings, or endgames, but that night he was a…


However, I still wanted to do something bigger to HELP MORE PEOPLE.

So I created the “Tactics Time” product, website and newsletter.

Give Me Just 15 minutes a Day and I’ll Have You Moving Like Bobby Fischer in 1 Month!

Tactics Time is a huge collection of never before seen chess problems (10,001 in total) taken from the chess games of real class players just like you and me. Tactics Time works with the free, easy to use Chessbase Reader software. The games are from USCF tournaments, online sites such as redhotpawn.com, internet chess club, FICS, etc. Most are between players rated less than 2000.

Here are just a few of the many benefits of using Tactics Time:

  • Every problem comes from a real game played between amateur chess players. No “composed” problems or complicated Grandmaster games.
  • Every problem contains the full game score so you can see how the players arrived at the position and how the game ended.
  • Chess engine included free with Chessbase Reader can be used for analysis of the position.
  • Every position is new and never seen before. No tactics were reused from other tactics books, magazines, software or databases.
  • Works with all Chessbase products (Chessbase, Fritz, Chessbase Light, Chessbase Reader)
  • All problems created with the latest versions of Chessbase, Fritz and Rybka.
  • Large Collection of “Fishing Pole” games (another opening popular in Colorado)
  • Huge Upsets
  • Red Hot Pawn Correspondence Games (hundreds of these)
  • Internet Chess Club and FICS Blitz Games
  • Games between beginners and class players
  • Scholastic Games
  • Huge collection of games from Colorado, Reno, the Northwest and New England areas.
  • Regular Standard Time Control Games
  • Positions are checked by computer so you won’t see the many errors that you do in older chess books.
  • Large collection of miniature games (mate in less than 20 moves) to help you learn the tricks and traps that come up frequently in the opening.
  • “Real Tactics,” which avoids the problem of many chess tactics books that contain too many “cool” positions like smothered mates or queen sacrifices that are actually rare. This will make your study time as fruitful as possible.

I personally hand-collected thousands of games from friends’ personal collections, forums, websites and internet playing sites. No games were taken from “Mega Database” or any commercial databases–these positions are all uniquely original.

I had three powerful computers running 24 hours a day for weeks on end crunching each of these games move by move looking for tactics.

After the painstakingly detailed process of gathering and analysis was done, I took the best of the best and gathered them into a database containing thousands of tactical problems for you to solve.

Note: For every tactical puzzle, you get the complete game–so you can play over the whole game if you wish, or search for tactics with a certain ECO opening code (not just a single diagram!)

My current Tactics Time 2.0 database contains 10,001 games in it, each with a tactic for you to solve!

I also include over 200 PDF Tactics Time Newsletter Articles that I have written on the subject of Chess Tactics, Chess Improvement, and Chess Success each containing:

  • A Chess Tactics Problem To Solve
  • An Interesting Quote Related To The Topic
  • The Complete Game Score (Along With A Link To An Online Click And Move Version Of The Game)
  • An Interesting Story Or Idea Related To The Topic Of Chess Tactics And Chess Improvement
  • The Answer To Each Tactics Problem Is Given With A Verbose Explanation Of Why The Move Works

Tactics Time Newsletters (PDF)

These newsletters contain my BEST ideas on the subject of chess and chess improvement, and I’ve received a ton of really positive feedback on them.

Here are just a few of the topics and ideas that you will learn about in these easy to read, bite sized lessons:

  • The Arabian Mate, one of the oldest checkmating patterns in the game
  • The Assassin Pawn, an underestimated, silent but deadly killer on the chess board
  • Exploiting your opponent’s weaknesses right in the opening – attacks on the f2 and f7 squares
  • The “Noah’s Ark trap” that is as old as Noah, but catches victims on a daily basis, winning a piece for black in the Roy Lopez.
  • The trappy and dangerous “Fishing Pole” which leaves your opponent a mine field of tactics to navigate, and was used to take out 6 time US Champion Walter Browne in 15 moves by my friend Francisco Baltier who was rated 1500 at the time.
  • Beautiful smothered mates for black right out of the opening in the Budapest Defense.
  • The “Greek Gift” sacrifice, and why you might not want to beware Greeks baring such gifts.
  • Having a winning, never surrender attitude
  • The Killer Grob, and some of the dangers for black if they underestimate this “Unorthodox” opening
  • Mid field tackles and King Hunts
  • Recommended free resources to supplement your chess tactics study.
  • Counter gambits that you can play as black, which are always exciting
  • Ideas in The Budapest Defense, which is a fun opening to play against 1. d4 2. c4
  • Swashbuckling Tactics in the King’s Gambit, one of my personal favorites.
  • The Raccoon opening, and some of the tricks to look out for, so you don’t get rabies.
  • The “Hook Mate“ which comes up frequently over the board
  • A review of the chess tactics basics
  • The really weak and not recommended Damiano Opening and a step by step way to crush it.
  • The scary Halloween Attack, where you give up a piece for a frightening initiative.
  • A 4 move game with a shocking tactical ending.
  • Examples of punishing a weakened kingside pawn structure.
  • Overloading a piece, giving it too many balls to juggle at one time
  • The unusual checkmate of King and Knight versus bare king.
  • Absurd underpromotions where a 3400 rated computer is beat by a King and 6 Knights
  • The unusual “Crab” opening, and how to turn it into Crab Dip.
  • Legal’s Trap, which even very strong players fall for.
  • Typical pawn pins that come up over and over again, and how to exploit them.
  • Dangerous Queen checks and double attacks.
  • Tips on how to punish an unusual opening, and avoid any traps that may be lurking in them.
  • The beautiful Anastasia’s Mate, which is very fun to play.
  • Tips on chess psychology, and how to avoid being “psyched out” by your opponent.
  • In between moves” and other hard to find, and often over looked tactics.
  • The Evans gambit, and some of the motifs that both sides need to look out for.
  • A clever trap in the Dutch opening that is good to know.
  • Bishop sacrifices on f7 and h7 that come up all the time
  • The Icelandic gambit, where white needs to be careful to not slip and fall on a tactic.
  • Endgame tactics, where a nice quiet move can be the game winner.
  • The Blackburne Mate, which is rare, but a valuable pattern to have in your arsenal.
  • The soul crushing Windmill attack.
  • Debunking some of the typical (and often harmful) chess advice that is out there.
  • The “most important tactic“ and it is one that isn’t even mentioned on this page.
  • Tips on how to study chess tactics.
  • Information on how to use your brain most effectively.
  • The powerful back rank mate
  • Trapping pieces, and which ones to look out for, such as knights on the rim.
  • A brilliant stalemate and other unlikely resources to save a game
  • The best way to learn chess (it’s probably an idea you have never considered).
  • How to recover and deal with your losses.
  • The “Threat Pin” which helps you understand when a piece can move or not.
  • Avoiding stupid blunders.
  • Advice from some of the all time chess greats.
  • The multiple levels of learning, and how to take your game to the next level.
  • The Double attack, and how this is the foundation for most chess tactics.
  • The underused, and often misunderstood X-Ray attack
  • The importance of looking at forcing moves
  • A mental checklist that you can use to make sure you never miss a tactic again
  • The idea of “LPDO” – Loose Pieces Drop Off
  • And much more including player profiles, chess movie reviews, chess stories, chess book reviews, chess website reviews, and many other fun and interesting ideas.

If you’re serious about competing in this arena—-and reaping the rewards—-you owe it to yourself to get it now. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, this program will INSTANTLY make you better… and give you an unbeatable advantage over every other person who tries to compete.

     I personally guarantee it.

When you purchase Tactics Time you will also receive these FREE BONUSES:

  • Tactics Time 2.0 Ebook

Tactics Time 2.0 Ebook (PDF)

A PDF Ebook containing all of the tactics from all 10,001 games for easy printing and teaching handouts.



  • EBook of all the tactics problems in EPUB format

Tactics Time Ebook (EPUB)

ePub which can be used on your iPad, Android, Sony Reader, iPhone, Kobo, Nook, BeBook, Desktop Computer and other eBook Readers and mobile devices.



  • EBook of all the tactics problems in MOBI format

Tactics Time Ebook (Kindle)

Mobi format used by the Amazon Kindle.



  •  PDF Report “101 Tactical Tips”

101 Tactical Tips Ebook (PDF)

This report contains 101 Original Tips that will help you with your chess studies.



  • Tactics Time User’s Guide

Tactics Time Users Guide Ebook (PDF)

 How to make the most of your Tactics Training.  Inside you will find information on:
            • Software download
            • Software installation
            • Troubleshooting
            • How to use the Database
            • Product Bonuses
            • Training Plans
            • Thinking Process
            • Tips for study
            • Mindsets
            • Mental Checklists
            • Goal Setting
            • Making the most of your product
            • Other Recommended Tactical Resources
            • Full Bibliography



  • The Best of Tactics Time E-Book

The Best of Tactics Time Ebook (PDF)

Contains 207 original chess tactics mostly taken from the Tactics Time column that I’ve written since 2004 for the Colorado Chess Informant, the official magazine of the Colorado State Chess Association (CSCA).


You will also receive free technical support if needed when using the software, from me personally. I have years of experience using Chessbase products, a very strong computer background, and I am always happy to help.

Tactics Time is Great for:

      • Any chess player looking to improve his or her tactical ability and RATING
      • Chess coaches and teachers
      • Makes a great gift for the special chess player in your life!

Tactics Time contains a wide range of beautiful tactical motifs:

      • Deflections
      • Checkmates
      • Discovered Attack
      • Decoy
      • Desperados
      • Double Attacks
      • Pins
      • Loose Pieces
      • Fork
      • Mating attacks
      • In Between Moves
      • Overloading
      • Opening traps
      • Pawn Promotions
      • Windmills
      • Queen Sacrifices
      • Smothered Mates
      • Trapped Pieces
      • Discovered Checks
      • Double Checks
      • X-Rays
      • Skewers
      • Underpromotions
      • Zwischenzug
      • And MANY MORE!

…that will provide hours and hours of training and hone your tactical eye.

Why Else Choose Tactics Time…

Save time, money and headaches. Using Tactics Time will save you months if not years of trial and error. Why torture yourself trying to guess what works and what doesn’t? Instead purchase tactics time today to get started making measurable progress in your chess-playing results.

FREE Lifetime Updates after you purchase the product. If I find any mistakes, add additional games, add additional tournament information, or make game score corrections–you’ll be notified and will get free access to updates that you can quickly download.

Who Shouldn’t Purchase Tactics Time

      • People who always find a reason why something won’t or can’t work
      • People who’ve already reached a rating of Master or above (2200+)
      • Absolute beginners who are not sure how the pieces move or just want to learn the rules
      • People who only like to look at the games of Grandmasters and really strong players
      • People looking for “composed problems” or “endgame studies”
      • People who do not like an interactive learning style
      • People who are completely computer illiterate (don’t know what a “mouse” is…)
Most especially–do not purchase Tactics Time if you’re satisfied with just going through the motions of playing chess but never improving…

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“I have heard from players from literally all over the world that my chess teachings have helped them take their game to the next level, win more games, and have more fun.

I’ve heard from players who were stuck for years, then made rapid improvement after just a few tweaks to their study plans.  I have heard from players that wasted thousands on chess coaches only to see their rating GO DOWN, then used my ideas and turned their game around for a fraction of the cost.

All I care about is winning more chess games, and raising your rating.  These methods have “no fluff” and are designed to super charge your game FAST.

I am confident that I can help you too.  Remember there is absolutely no risk, and if for any reason you aren’t happy, or don’t see improvement, tell me, and I will immediately give you your money back.  No other chess program will make this sort of promise.”

Your Friend,

Tim Brennan

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Praise for Tim Brennan’s Tactics Time System:

“A bargain at twice the price (on Tactics Time Database).”
Troy Oberg, President, Southern Arizona Chess Association

“It’s great that you’ve been doing this Tactics Time newsletter and podcasts. Your game is obviously improving from it.”
Daoud Zupa, Denver Chess Club President

“The newsletters have been very good and well written.”
Anthea Carson, Author of 'How to Play Chess Like an Animal'

“I use your blog/columns as an example of what others can do in chess education/journalism more than anything else!”
Stephen Dann, Worcester Telegram & Gazette Chess Columnist

“Dude, I am loving the tactics newsletter! Keep it going!”
Jeffrey Baffo, 2009 Colorado Correspondence Chess Champion, Aurora CO

“Tim Brennan’s Tactics Time column is educational, will improve your game… I highly recommend it.”
Scott Massey

“I really enjoy your writing style and insight on the game.”
Kelvin L.

“Thank you for teaching me so much about chess.”
S. Khan

“I enjoyed this tactics time. I liked the tactic and learned something.”
Chris Peterson

“I enjoy your Tactics Time newsletter!”
Priyav C.

“Great weekly tactics puzzles.”
Carl H.

“Great newsletter, thank you!”

“@TacticsTime loving the chess newsletter – keep up the great work!”
Chris Bunch

“I found your E-mails really interesting.”
Peter G.

“Really enjoy your Chess newsletter.”
Clark S.

“I wanted to say how much I’ve been enjoying the Tactics Time newsletter and website… Thanks for your work, innovation, and contributions.”
Zach M.

“You have me so pumped up about improving.”
Timothy S.

“Thanks much for the tactics time newsletters. I feel that I’m learning a lot from reading them.”
Tom S.

“I’ve been getting the newsletter for only a few weeks and really like it.”
Bill B.

“Great job Tim! … Love the format and thanks for the 101 Tips.”
Pete Short

“I stumbled across your podcast and absolutely love it… Keep up the good work.”
Peter O.

“I appreciate the time you take to create these newsletters, thanks…”

“I would like to thank Timothy Brennan for his Tactics Time. I just started studying this great resource, and found a cool tactic…”
Rob Hartelt

“Hey I really enjoy your tactics lessons!!”
Collin G.

“Keep the TTs coming….they are fun and they may be positively rubbing off on my play.”
Dean Brown

“Enjoy your Tactic Time newsletters, Tim!”
Ed Stoddard

“Your newsletter is awesome!”
Robert B.

“Your newsletter is one of my favourite emails, I look forward to it, keep it up!”

“I love your news letter, thanks a lot for the work you put into it!”
Glenn R.

“I’m glad I joined your mailing list. Your insight has been very helpful.”
Joshua S.

“Really enjoy your podcasts they are normally great fun and I always tend to learn something.”
David Hemmings

“I love the concept and wish you much success.”
Danny G.

“Tactics time is a well-written newsletter with a good tactical position to solve every few days. It will definitely help improve anyone’s chess game.”
Randy Reynolds

“Tactics Time has great Player bio’s & quotes as well as funny stories that always remind us of the humor that goes along with chess.”
Shannon Fox

“You’re doing great stuff with Tactics Time!”
Fred Spell

“Thank you for the Tactics Time emails. We go over them at our chess club in Westcliffe (Colorado).”
Robert Rountree

“You’ve made this into one of the best chess blogs on the internet. Great interviews and articles!”
Brian Rountree

“Thank you for the letters, I enjoy them.”
Alexander G.

“Thanks for the newsletter, I find it informational and fun to read.”
Eric King

“I’ve enjoyed you blog and webpage, thanks for putting those together and sharing.”
Andy Pineda

“I think your website is amazing… It seems like you put a lot of work into that… It looks very professional, and I enjoy it.”
Paul Anderson

“Great stuff.”
Glenn Santos

“I enjoy reading your tactics newsletters also.”
Dean Mitchell

“Enjoying your Tactics Time!”
Tom Mullikin

“I’d rather read your stuff than other blogs or Chess Life.”
Paul Grimm

“I have been reading your newsletters and I must compliment you on them. I think they are well written and interesting. Looking forward to reading more from you.”
Saajan N.

“I will tell all my chess buddies and students about your blog and the program!”

“I like your chess newsletters and your site and idea overall. You are doing great job Timothy! Superb idea and implementation!”

“Just to write and say thanks. I’ve had a huge growth just in the past couple weeks and I’ve been looking for a while now for something to give me a better understanding of the game. Even showed a couple other guys who have been playing longer and they’re real impressed with it and even in the growth I’ve had in the past couple weeks as a player, but I owe it to your advice and database!”
Lane Waldie

“Tim, I am so excited about the early results that I am seeing with your program. Everything mentioned in your product info page is true!

Just FYI, I am 57 years old. My Dad taught me to play when I was 7, so I have played for 50 years. I am USCF rated 1273.

I am up to TacticsTime newsletter number 9, and have only been doing the downloaded tactics for 3 days. Already, tactics are starting to ‘pop out’ at me during games. I have beaten several players in the 1500-1699 range in online rapid (15 minute) games.

I could have never done this before since I am a class D player. This gives me the confidence to continue with your program. Maybe I will have the confidence to play in tournaments again too.

Just to confirm what you have said on your website: I have played for decades at the same level. I have read all the classic chess books and have amassed a lot of chess knowledge, but no ability. You have found the key here. Thank you. You’ve made chess fun and exciting for me again!”