How to Improve Your Tactical Vision

GM Avetik shares the 3 tips you need to improve your ability to notice tactics. It's not about solving more puzzles...

Recently, one of our ChessMood group members Jonathan delightfully surprised me! He posted in our group a question about improving tactical accuracy and before I could reply, he answered himself, "Maybe right mood to find the right moves is a good way to see it."

This is an absolutely correct answer!

In the Grandmaster guide to getting better at chess tactics, I've recommended a 7-step process to improve tactics. One of them is to solve lots of puzzles and analyze examples of tactics. But, where you should start from is the RIGHT MOOD!

So, what is the RIGHT MOOD?
I attached here an example played by one of our team members Grandmaster Gabuzyan.

1...Nd6! The idea is to have Bd4 check followed by Qh1 checkmate! After 2.ed Rc4! or 2.Nd6 Rd6!

When you are attacking, or some pieces are hanging around, it's easy to find tactics. But when the game goes on a regular route, you should have the RIGHT MOOD to find such a sudden move.

What do you think? Is it possible, even for a Grandmaster, to notice such move, when he is not concentrated or he's poorly slept, when he is not in the mood to play chess or there is a lot of sh*t in his thoughts? Of course, not!

You will notice such moves more easily if you have these 3 magic components with you:


1. Concentration

You should try to have 100% concentration during the game. Yeah, it's quite hard, but with constant training, you can get to that state.

2. Positivity

You should have a very positive mood. No matter how bad your position is, you should believe that you can win or survive in a lost position. When you believe in it by 60%, your mind is ready to find that way by 60%. When you 100% believe - your brain concentrates on that with its full 100% power.

3. Joy

You should love chess! While playing, you should fully enjoy the beauty of this game regardless of your good or bad position. Cuz, when you enjoy, your brain also enjoys, and it's much easier for it to find such a brilliant move like Nd6.

I believe that these 3 components are essential for having the RIGHT MOOD, which automatically provides you with RIGHT MOVES!

Go ahead, and try to play your next online or offline game with such mood:

100% concentration
100% positivity
100% joy

You will be surprised by the result!

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P.P.S. Also, you can check out our course Tactic Ninja where you'll learn step-by-step, the most fundamental chess tactics to noticing them in a real game.

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