My Thinking Process As I Solve Chess Tactics

Tactics time! Stepping-stone method? Candidate moves? In this lesson you get to see inside my brain as I solve Chess puzzles.

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12 Comments

  1. Big thanks for the content. Big fan of you!

  2. Sir, i want to assign you a difficult task for your upcomming videos. But i hope you can make it easy for us.
    The Task is.- Can you make a video to explain us that how to play in different pawn formation and strecture. And our strategy according to pawn.😌🙏

  3. In the 18th puzzle after you go cxd7+, Kd8; Nc6+ checkmate instead of Nf6+, Ke7; and promoting to queen the black king takes the knight and runs away. I mean you still have 2 queens, but checkmate is better than having 2 queens

  4. Nice video 👍👍👍💯💯♥️♥️

  5. Biggest Lie: "Just do tactics & you go up to 1600 elo east." I knew a guy who is an absolute god on tactics lose multiple times to a student who focused on solid openings & the middlegame.

  6. Can you make a follow up video continuing the puzzle rush run as far as you can? I can usually get to 50 just fine but have an insanely difficult time getting to 60. My high score is only 56, there always seem to be a few sub 3000 rated puzzles that give me trouble

  7. In the 42nd puzzle after white plays Bb4 , can the black rook not go to e5 and consequently to e8 stopping the promotion while checking ?

  8. I just did it and got to 37. The 2k puzzles are so tough 😅

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