Importance of Solving Positional Puzzles and Chess Compositions

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designMost chess players know about the type of puzzles familiarly known as tactics. However, there are other types of training positions that can help you really exercise your brain.

The actual exercising for most chess players, mainly amateur players, is limited to doing some tactics on the Internet or a puzzle book. The truth is that it’s not enough.

Because, tactical positions usually have one GOAL – to find out the weakness of the opponent or the motif/theme and then figure out how to exploit it in an effective way. However, those kinds of positions do not happen often in our practical games.

Rather, we face positions where we require positional understanding to find good moves or a plan. We cannot solve these positions in phone/book/Internet in a matter of few minutes. So here comes the question – how to train yourself in such positional problems? And why is it really important?

Our guest coach IM Valeri Lilov, who is also the author of our latest course “Converting Your Advantage into a Full Point”, has prepared a very instructive video lesson for you on this topic. You can watch it below:


Conclusions – how to solve puzzles

1) When solving puzzles, try to focus on the key patterns as they are important.
2) In tactical positions, you usually begin with a check for weaknesses and look for subsequent forcing moves that can exploit those weaknesses.
3) Always put yourself through your opponent’s eyes, so you can objectively check his defensive possibilities.
how to analyze chess games

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  1. Hello Igor,can we study calculate till mate course before positional understanding course . If is it according to system of chess understanding

  2. I have one more question in order to improve middlegame what things you will recommend to work on. Can you please list of things and books which are necessary to do in order to improve

      1. ThanQ Prasadh I am satisfied to what you have suggested. I just want to know where is Igor Smirnov he is not answering to anything nowadays. 😀

      2. sir please ansnwer my quesiton about nakamura south africa and simultaneious thankyou what do you think about mamederayouv he has achived a rating of 2800 plus 5.5 in winkaan jee

        1. It was exciting to watch Nakamura play in Africa with chess hustlers.

          Now both Carlsen and Anish have caught up with Mamederayov. So it will be interesting 5 rounds.

          Prasaadh | Support

  3. hello igor sir,what doy ou think about the nakamura who played 100 board simul in south africa and he also played against chess hustelr 3 min 1 second increment time control in hustler park and he has give sponshership to 3 young guys for their chess progress in south africa??

      1. Hi Anup,
        Thanks for your interest.
        Igor has a busy schedule and may not be able to answer all the questions personally.

        Prasaadh | Support

  4. Hello , at middlegame stage if I have 3-4 equal alternatives on 1 moves which principle you will recommend to use . Principal of Attack,Least active piece , maximum Activity,or any other

    1. Hi Anup,

      In short, follow the principle of attack.

      At the same time I would recommend that you review the video lessons from the course ‘The GM’s Positional Understanding’ once again. The right thinking process is described there in details. Still, it takes time and repetition to automate this new way of thinking. Good luck!

      1. Oh Finally you are back . ThanQ you sir very much for your advices I was eagerly waiting for you to reply my queries.

      2. We have to play Attacking moves only when it forces opponent to go back otherwise we should use other principle ? I am right ?

      3. thanks a lot sir igor but it depends upon the type of positonn not the rules because chess is a very concrete game yesterday i finished my below 1600 tournamnetns i won 3 drew 3 and loss 3 i lost some rating point due to pressure but ht games are exciting what do you think sir.??thxxx

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