Note: At the bottom of this page is your traning lessons on tactics for the middlegame. More lessons will follow, so be sure and check back from time to time. How much study time is required? Edmar Mednis suggests 50% on Openings, 25% on middle-game and 25% on endings. Lasker suggests, Chess rules and exercises 5 hours, Elementary endings 5 hours, Some Openings 10 hours, Combinations, tactics 20 hours, Positional play 40 hours, Practical play with analysis 120 hours. If you spend the 200 hours on the above, even if you possess no special talent for chess, you are likely to be among the two or three thousand chess players who play on par with the masters. Of course there are those who spend in excess of 200 hours on chess with out making any progress what so ever.
Note that Mednis suggests spending twice as much time in the study of tactics and tactical combinations than in the openings. Why? Because its in the knowledge of conbinational tactics that will help you win games, not in your knowledge of many openings. If your opponent springs an opening for you that you may not be familiar with, don't worry, because after his memorized knowledge of the moves gives out he may be at a loss to know how to play against your superior tactical combinations, if he has spent most of his time in the study of openings instead of tactics. I find this to be the case in most internet players who seem more interested in finding a quick win with some magic bullet opening. So they spend most or all of their time looking at the openings and spend little if any time in the study of other chess basics,like tactics and tactical conbinations.
Here is your opportunity to study some middlegame combinational tactics with my section of Tactical Training Lessons. Just download the ZIP/file/games for viewing with your Chessbase Lite 7.0 Reader. You will find the questions in the training sections very helpful to keep your focus on the tactical solutions to the best moves.
How to use these Training Lessons
Training Lessons contain teaching material, and games for chess training. When the game is replayed the rest of the notation is hidden from the student who is required to find the correct move in the position.
The student gets a certain amount of time, and every wrong attempt loses points (a very quick solution earns bonus points). The total number of points is stored and can be monitored. There are also two helps that you should access for additional info about the solution if you are having trouble finding the solution.
Do not just click on the solution immediately if you have trouble finding the correct answer. This will not help you to remember this solution later on for use in your games. The whole purpose of the training lessons with its questions is to help you look beyond what you normally see in your games. Also when you spend the time and do finally see the solution this will help you to remember it for later when you may find it useful to use against your opponent. If you give up easily and simply click on the solutions right away you are defeating the whole purpose of these training lessons and are just wasting your time doing them.
These training lessons must be viewed with the Chessbase Lite 7.0 Reader. Download this Reader viewer and unzip it to a easy to find file that you can access it from and put it on your desktop also for quick access. I have added a link on this page for you to access the download of this Reader. It can be found in downloads also. It is small and will only take a minute to download. This reader is a much-improved viewer than the one that Chessbase has for you to download. Their Chessbase Lite reader does not let you view the files fully and is hard to work with.
These training lessons had to be zipped for your use with the reader. I could not find a way to view them with the reader on the net. They are small and only take a minute to download and are worth it for the valuable training that you will find in them. Many will make you smile when you see the solution. The beauty of the solution often brings gasps in its logic and simplicity that you may even find very amusing.
Make some files in advance and label them with the same names you find here. Put all these files in a central file named Training Lessons. Then when you use your Chessbase Reader you can easily find them.
Unzipping these files is easy as well. Double left click on the Zipfile and select I agree. Click on Extract. On the left, click on Extract and find the file folder you previously made to extract to. Then on the right, click on Extract. Next just close this WinZip Window and find the folder you just extracted it to. There you will find your unzipped folder. Double click on it and you will see your unzipped file. Now go to your Chessbase Reader and click on Database on the top left. Click on open and find your folder. Click on it and open it to see the unzipped ChessBase Database training lesson. Click on Temporary and open the file. When you see the Chessboard you can right click and use the options of flipping the board around if you wish and making it bigger or smaller. Now just use the replay arrows to view the moves and access the training lessons.
You are going to benifit greatly from these lessons insofar that they force you to think beyond your normal thinking time and force you to look beyond what you normaly look for in your games.
Defence Annihilation 1
Defence Annihilation 2