For beginner chess players, the most critical concept that yields the largest amount of improvement with the lowest amount of investment is working on chess tactics. If you never miss a chance to win a piece with a 2-3 move forced sequence, and on the flip side are always alert to what your opponent might be threatening – you will be winning countless free games. However, if your combinational awareness is not sharp enough, you are giving away hard-fought games with easily avoidable mistakes. In the following chess video excerpt from the Grandmaster Susan Polgar chess DVD ¨Essential Chess Tactics and Combinations¨ viewers are guaranteed to see their practical tournament results skyrocket as the 4-time Women’s World Chess Champion patiently explains the importance of tactics and how you can start spotting them in more of your games!
¨In general I consider that in chess everything rests on tactics. If one thinks of strategy as a block of marble, then tactics are the chisel with which a master operates, in creating works of chess art¨ – Tigran Petrosian