How much tactics do people need?

One night recently, I surfed the internet and after several chess-websites I didn’t know, I found the Chess Tactics Server (CTS) http://chess.emrald.net/ which lures chess fans with 36,872 ( !! ) assignments.

 

Tactics 1

 Black’s turn, Black wins

Homan – Fercec, Ljubljana, 1999. 1… Qf3+ 2. Kh1 [2. gxf3 Qxh3 3. Ng3 exf3] 2… Qg4 threatens … Rxh3+ 3. Nh2 Rxh3 4. gxf3 [4. gxh3 Qxh3] 4… exf3 and White surrenders, as the checkmate is inevitable.

0 – 1

 

“That’s got to be something!“ I thought and clicked through the page. Promptly, I had the choice of playing around a little bit as a guest or enjoying the entire collection via login. I logged in and still studying the positioning of the first assignment, a move was made. While I realized it was turn, I had already exceeded the time limit. “Uggh, once again!” Well, after three or four solved assignments, I could only guess the following positioning and took immediate action, as I was frankly under pressure of time. Now I do understand why this particular group of assignments is titled “Good luck!”

 

Tactics 2

 White’s turn, White wins

Sevo – Jakupec, Zagreb, 1992. 1. Rxh6 Kxh6 [1… Bxf5 2. exf5 Rxf5+ 3. Ke3 Kxh6 4. Be4 and White is still about to win] 2. Qh5+ Kxh5 [2… Kg7 3. Qg6+ Kh8 4. Rh1+ Qh7 5. Rxh7#] 3. Rh1+ Kg4 4. Bf3#

 1 – 0

 

Looking at the descriptions of the webpage’s functions, I found out about several provided statistics and that my tactical performance was measured through the Glicko-Rating-System. Is speed interpreted as performance on this website? After the board (that occurred a little too small to me) had built up, 5 to 6 seconds pass and it’s your turn. Now you have 3 (in words: three!) seconds to find the right solution and make the move to gain full score. After another defined period of time (Usually something around 10 seconds), you start losing points.

 

Tactics 3

Black’s turn, Black wins

Gallagher – Huss, Suhr, 1992. 1… Nb4 2. Qe4+ 2. Qxb4 is the same as 2…Rc6 3. Qxb4 Qf5+ 4. Ka1 Qc2 5. Qb3 cxb2+ and Black wins. But Huss continued 1… Rb8 ( ? ) and lost!

 1 – 0

 

 

For all of you who are curious and want to try CTS: I can only recommend a testing phase as a “Guest”. In case you make your own profile, I would suggest activating the options “Break on failure” and “Break on success” which allow you to restudy the positing after an unsuccessful attempt (The other options provide you with one positioning after another which really asked too much from me). Bullet-players might take this as practice, but the rest of us will more than likely be frustrated after a while.

 

Tactics 4

 Black’s turn, Black wins

Osluchow – Nedobara, 1990. 1… Q4+ 2.gxh4 [2. Kxh4 Rxh2#] 2… Re3+ 3. Bf3 Bxe6+ 4. Qxe6 Rxf3#

 0 – 1

 

written by Frank, translated by Birthe