WW is correct.
At your level till you are 1800 tactics, tactics, tactics and then some tactics.
I cannot vouch for a tactical chess site as I never came up that way so I
can only tell you what I know without a doubt turned me into a,,,
"...tactically gifted player." note from a very old Scottish Chess.
First delete the word 'gifted' I worked hard at it.
(Hard work - I loved every minute of it.)
200 Miniatures by Du Mont on a full sized set.
You see every tactcial trick in action from stem positions (very important),
Your opening play will improve 100%. You will punish erros and build
up complete faith in your tatcial ability.
You will also learn how to mate with the other pieces.
101 of those games end in mate. 33 Knight Mates, 33 Bishop mates,
12 with a Rook and 7 by a pawn ( 16 with a Queen).
Why is this. because Queenless mates are harder to spot and
so the players did not have a chance to resign.
Master the art of tactically working without your Queen, this
will bring you 100's of wins.
Go and look at my games. See how many mates I pull off without the
Queen. Seven in the first 20 shown. Coincidence?
No. The result of pouring over those 200 games (Twice - I did it twice).
This is the bit that will have you throwing your hands up in despair,
"There must be an easie way?"
You have been playing for 5 years, so we can rule a gifted player.
Tactically you are suspect (I looked at you games). You stumble upon mates
you do not create mating nets, you lets chances slip by.
You have no or very little pattern recognition and drift all over the place.
(no coherent thread running through your games).
You want to get good. Well obviously you do else you would not have posted.
You want to get good without putting in any work.......bye.
You want to get good and am prepared to put some effort in?
Well I just told you what did it for me. (and others of my generation).
Later on today I will be posting the Du Mont games on The Corner.
You print it out and go to work.
(just done it - had to do it in two parts - see bottom of thread)
I'm up for a free lesson Catfood.
Pattern recognition and why you need it.
(I don't pussy foot about, you mess up tactically - I kick you in the teeth - don't sulk)
So let us take a look at this stunning masterpiece of creativity Game 6365359
You are White. White to play.
Not only did you take harpoon out of the side your opponent
but you then covered it up with a plaster and said sorry.
You played 25.Rxf8?? and the Gods shook their heads. You lost this game.
Mating pattern. This one has a name. The Epaulet Mate
Is that forced? Yes the The Epaulet Mate works in both lines.
200 miniatures games part 1
200 miniatures games part 2