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Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

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BCC's Tactics technical paper suite!

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Blow up your opponent's position tactically!

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This technical paper looks at tactics from a number of perspectives ranging from thinking about tactics fundamentally to specific types of concrete tactical ideas. It concludes with a word of warning about tactics- to put them in the context of positional play and planning. The paper uses excellent examples from three of the greatest tacticians arguably this century :- Kasparov, Fischer and Tal.

1st evolution of suite: 29th May 1998
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Garry Kasparov

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Robert James "Bobby" Fischer

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Mikhail Tal


  1. How important is tactical ability in chess?
  2. Can tactical ability be learned/ trained?
  3. A theoretical tactical thought process model
  4. Tactics in the context of positional play

Further Reading

Winning Chess Tactics (Winning Chess)
Yasser Seirawan, Jeremy Silman / Paperback / Published 1998
Sharpen Your Tactics
Anatoly Lein, et al / Paperback / Published 1996
Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player
Sam Palatnik, et al / Paperback / Published 1996
Chess Tactics for Beginners
Fred Reinfeld(Editor) / Paperback / Published 1976
In the World of Tactics Vol 1
Anatoly Lein / Paperback / Published 1998
Secrets of Chess Tactics (Batsford Chess Library Middle Game)
        Mark Dvoretsky, Malcolm Gesthuysen (Translator)
Chess Tactics (Crowood Chess Library)
Paul Littlewood / Paperback / Published 1989


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