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  1. 17 Jan '12 11:32
    After doing more tactical puzzles I find that with more games, after having left standard openings and databases, I seem to be more successful with moves that "feels" right. Even though I still do not yet see any direct tactical opportunities.

    It is fair to say that practising tactics help with strategical play?
  2. Subscriber Ponderable
    chemist
    17 Jan '12 12:48
    Originally posted by lausey
    After doing more tactical puzzles I find that with more games, after having left standard openings and databases, I seem to be more successful with moves that "feels" right. Even though I still do not yet see any direct tactical opportunities.

    It is fair to say that practising tactics help with strategical play?
    I think it's fair to say that parctising tactics helps in finding situatiions where a tactic can follow 🙂
  3. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    17 Jan '12 16:48
    I don't know about strategy, but you'll get more alert to possibilities for sure. and your 'sense of danger' improves. - I guess if you start letting your 'nontactical' moves to be guided more by those tactical aspects, you could say that it also improves your strategic eye. in a way.
  4. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    17 Jan '12 17:00
    Originally posted by lausey
    After doing more tactical puzzles I find that with more games, after having left standard openings and databases, I seem to be more successful with moves that "feels" right. Even though I still do not yet see any direct tactical opportunities.

    It is fair to say that practising tactics help with strategical play?
    I believe good tactics is more important for the average person like us.
    A grandmaster playing against another grandmaster must also have good
    strategy. Learning strategy seems must harder to understand than tactics,
    even though certain tactics seem hard to see in a game.
  5. Standard member Thabtos
    I am become Death
    17 Jan '12 17:48 / 2 edits
    Tactics are absolutely necessary to even begin to use strategy. There was a very weak chess player at my club who read Silman, a lot.

    I beat him with Queen odds, because he just didn't pay attention to what was attacking what.

    So we played a game together, but I made him talk about the position before he made a move.


    Him: "Well, let's see. I have an active dark square bishop, and my pawns are controlling the light squares. I'd say I have a positional advantage here. Now I'm going to control the center!" (Moves pawn)

    Me: "Huh? Dude, I just attacked your knight with my pawn on the last move and you didn't move it. Lolz."


    Fischer said that tactics flow from a superior position, but the irony is that you can't get a superior position without taking tactics into account.


    Here's a game I played recently that I think illustrates why tactics are of more immediate importance than strategy.

  6. Standard member TimmyBx
    TacticsTime.com
    25 Jan '12 19:26
    lol - I love this little story!

    I write an e-mail newsletter on chess improvement and chess tactics. Would you mind if I reprinted it there, giving you credit of course?

    I think it makes a great point, and I found it very amusing!

    Cheers,
    Tim
    http://tacticstime.com
  7. Standard member nimzo5
    Ronin
    26 Jan '12 01:53
    The simple answer is improving your ability to "See" via tactics or w/e will greatly help your ability to carry out your strategic plans.
  8. 26 Jan '12 02:16
    Strategy is simply a long term plan to improve favorable tactical opportunities. So yes, tactics does indirectly aid in strategy and vice-versa, though obviously not as much as studying strategy directly.
  9. Standard member Thabtos
    I am become Death
    26 Jan '12 03:24
    Originally posted by TimmyBx
    lol - I love this little story!

    I write an e-mail newsletter on chess improvement and chess tactics. Would you mind if I reprinted it there, giving you credit of course?

    I think it makes a great point, and I found it very amusing!

    Cheers,
    Tim
    http://tacticstime.com
    If you're talking about my post, go ahead.
  10. 26 Jan '12 04:18
    Of course, with strategy you wish to visualize an ideal position and seek ways to exploit weaknesses, then you use tactics to achieve those objectives. Tactics serve not only to win material, but you also need to use combos to get strategic advantages.
  11. 26 Jan '12 05:29 / 1 edit
  12. 26 Jan '12 05:29
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    I believe good tactics is more important for the average person like us.
    A grandmaster playing against another grandmaster must also have good
    strategy. Learning strategy seems must harder to understand than tactics,
    even though certain tactics seem hard to see in a game.
    2250 - i wouldn't call you average.
  13. 26 Jan '12 05:55
    Originally posted by tim88
    2250 - i wouldn't call you average.
    On a good day I've bested some of those thinner air breathers. On bad days I've been swindled by the lowliest teenhundreds. I'm still average.

    RJ isn't anything.

    and tactics+strategy are a yin and yang. Everyone here covered it well. Its an impossible essence to fully understand.

    Q
  14. 26 Jan '12 22:36
    Originally posted by PhySiQ

    and tactics+strategy are a yin and yang. Everyone here covered it well. Its an impossible essence to fully understand.

    Q[/b]
    I don't know. I think it is easy enough to understand. If you don't understand why the strategical move is good, then you won't be able to exploit your advantage.

    Once you understand the position, then you will understand what to do.

    Most of us don't understand the position. We don't understand all the tactical intricacies, therefore there is no chance that we will see what to do.

    Then again, it doesn't really matter because our opponents don't understand it either.
  15. 26 Jan '12 22:51
    I'd put it this way - tactics are indespensible for executing a strategy correctly.

    Basically, if you mess up the tactics, no strategy is good enough, and virtually all winning strategies have tactical elements necessary to take the full point home.