Improving The Tactical Strength Of Kids: Basic

Though I have described the general rules for tactics in my post Something From Me I was looking for something more. After some struggles I have come to following conclusions, though these might also change with more experience.

1. Developing Eye-sight:
First and foremost important thing is to identify what can be captured and what must be defended, combinations are still too far. I tried to search for material on this in books without success. Then all of sudden one of the features of Fritz, attack and defence training, caught my attention. This was more than what I was looking for.

– Attack Training: where you have click on all white and Black pieces which can be taken.
– Defence Training: Students has to click on all pieces which is not defended irrespective of the side.
– Check Training
– Mate Training

On the other hand I feel that the mate training is not up to the mark because it is not helping in developing pattern recognition.

2. Check Mate Pattern:
To develop this skill, it is very important to do lots of exercises of one move checkmates. As a trainer, your task is to find such puzzles and arrange them in appropriate ways. To make your task much easy you can use this article where 31 types of checkmate patterns described. Here are some reference books from where you can get examples.

– Chess Camp, Volume 2 and 3
– Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games by Laszlo Polgar
– Chess Data Base : Where you can search numbers of mating position

But don’t forget the most important task is to arrange them logically.

3. Tactical Motifs:
Now it’s time to introduce basic level tactical motifs to kids. There is lots of material available already so you don’t need to find anything.

4. Developing a habit to see combination in small blocks.
This important habit is useful in reducing amount of calculation. Yet I have not found any kind of exercise book for that. (Processing)

You can see that I am putting a lot of effort in developing good habits because whether they are good or bad they are very difficult to relinquish.

Ashvin Chauhan