Originally posted by tvochess
Chess is 100% tactics, I say.
(but you have to look infinitely deep)
Sorry, however well intentioned this epigram is I think this is just rubbish! For example, no player making their first move in a game is thinking tactically. Why? because there is nothing threatened, nothing to capture and no move that threatens anything other than possible schemes of further development.
No tactics trainer will teach someone how to make decisions, how to play solidly, how to keep things quiet, how to complicate, how to assess risks, how to develop the initiative, how to make use of tempo, how to problem solve, what to consider when choosing between several available moves, whether putting a rook behind a pawn or on an open file is more relevant and so on.
With due respect to her a quick look at the opening posters games place her firmly in the novice category. She loses pieces and pawns to one move threats and fails to pick up opponents pieces similarly. She struggles to find what is relevant in the positions she plays and many of her mistakes go unpunished by her opposition. I've yet to see a tactics trainer that addresses these basic needs. In a chess club you can smile indulgently and waggle a finger at the piece left hanging as you give the move back. You can go through games as you play addressing the actual mistakes the player is making. You can show them what compensation for a gambit pawn looks like, you can show them how to develop teamwork of their pieces by doing the simple mates with King and Queen, down to knight and bishop. You can show them why the vast majority of legal moves available in each position do not have to be considered. A book struggles to do that.
Whilst tactics are important in chess, there are some building blocks to be put into place first.