In this introductory lesson, we will discuss about:
the importance of tactics and the initial instruction for the student’s progress
the chess board and the importance of board visualization
the forms of interaction between pieces
- basic information about the importance of interactions
The game of chess is known to consist of 2 different parts: strategy and tactics, which are,
of course, strongly inter-connected. Some moves can be considered strategical moves
(based on rules, principles, plans etc.) and others - tactical moves (which require a precise
calculation of variations).
The percentage between these 2 kinds of moves is considered to be around 65%-35% in
favor of strategy. Of course, this ratio varies a lot in every game, according to the
opening system, methods of attack and defense and the players’ style.
The player’s tactical force depends in a large measure on the initial instruction.
This initial instruction plays a very important role to mould the player’s mind for high
performance in chess.
There is a huge difference between the calculation force of a young grandmaster of 16
years old and a club player with more than 30 years of practice. Where does this
difference come from? It is 1% talent and 99% work, GOOD work that the young player
has done and that advantages him! Instead, the bad habits in the calculation process the
experimented club player has, keep him stuck at the same level for a long time.
We will begin the instruction with the basic elements (presented in this lesson) as they
are of greatest importance for your initial training. Then, we will pass on to more and
more complex elements. We will work in order to develop and improve your
“calculation power”, “tactical vision”, “maximal thinking” and many other elements, all
part of Tactics.
The chess game is played with pieces on a chess board. Even if it looks simplistic, these 2
elements (BOARD and PIECES) should be known very well by every player who aspires