chess player should never underestimate the power of a strong
tactician. Having the ability to recognize tactical situations
is a priceless tool to have in your chess arsenal. Exhaustively
knowing tactics can pull you out of a strategic jam or even save
a completely losing game.
How does one develop this faculty?
As with other subjects of study, there are several ways to do
this. You must find the method that is most effective for you.
Some people will choose to solve hundreds or even thousands of
tactical puzzles and others prefer to create their own. Whatever
works, you must internalize the tactics.
Another great way
to learn how tactics come about in real game situations is to
study the games of the grandmaster tacticians that preceded us.
My favorite is Mikhail Tal.
This week's game is provided
by IM Saudin Robovic, with whom I had the pleasure of teaching
and tournament directing for several years.
Good luck on
your tactical endeavors and please never forget the undeniable
truth: tactics win games.
White to mate in two moves.
Link to solution at the bottom.
Bernhuber, F. - Robovic, S. (2360)