There seem to be two different types of talent for chess, strategic and tactical. Strategic talent is the ability to see macro movements of the pawn structure and understand which plan should be used. Tactical talent, on the other hand, is the ability to visualize tactical ideas and crunch forcing lines.
Some players are blessed with both varieties of talent, which makes it a lot easier for them to advance. Others are blessed with one or the other, for example Viktor Korchnoi is someone I’d say was a very talented tactician whereas Mark Taimanov was more gifted as a strategist, and I have noticed that strategic talent seems to go with musical ability.
Overall I’d say that talented tacticians find it easier to start out in chess, mainly because tactics and blunders dominate at lower levels. But as you move up the rating scale strategy becomes increasingly important.
Here anyway is a nice game by Mark Taimanov in which he beat the then reigning World Champion, Anatoly Karpov. There’s a nice combination at the end which shows that strategy alone is not enough: