Monday, May 13, 2013

My Tactics Runneth Over

When I first started this blog one of the things that I kept saying I needed to do was work on tactics.  That was usually followed by not working on tactics.  Not out of unwillingness as much as out of laziness.  After all, in order to work on tactics you have to be somewhere where you have access to a book or a computer.

Well not any more!  Thanks to my iPhone I now have a few different tactics on the go option.  I have been using a couple of chess tactics apps and boy have they made all the difference.

Now I can knock off a few tactics puzzles pretty much anywhere.  While in St. Louis at the US Chess Championships I was able to knock out 30-50 puzzles a day on my phone.

What a game changer this is.  If I keep this up and the other work up then I should hopefully see some real leaps and bounds in my tactical abilities.
As always, time will tell.


  1. You can show some of those tactics to your opponent tonight!

  2. Sadly I didn't get the chance to. Dave played very well and although I felt that I was better in what was likely going to be a draw I threw away any winning chances that I had in an interesting ending. Same colored bishops and seven pawns each.

    So it wound up a totally locked up draw.