The Four Stages of Learning Chess Tactics

    Today I want to talk about an idea related to learning called the the “conscious competence” learning model, and how it can be applied to your study of chess tactics.    From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_stages_of_competence) The conscious competence model relates to … Continue reading

Why some Chess Tactics Problems are like Playboy Magazine

I recently had an interesting e-mail discussion with one of my customers, Matt S.  You can read excerpts below (emphasis added by me). Matt signed up for my free chess tactics e-mail newsletter, and tried out the sample of 25 … Continue reading

April 2005 Tactics Time Column: Opening Blunder

The April 2005 Tactics Time features some great positions! Included are a windmill style mate, opening blunder in which black wins a piece on move 6, Boden’s mate (which was missed in the game), and text book smothered mate that … Continue reading

April 2004 Tactics Time: Smothered Mate

April 2004 was an exciting time for chess in Colorado, because we had just completed the “Edward Levy Memorial” tournament, which was a huge Bill Goichberg Continental Chess Association tournament with hundreds of people, including top GMs, and thousands of dollars … Continue reading