Originally posted by pawne4
hi currently 1565 how can we improve looking at tactics and strategies can anyone sugest some good books or websites
You're the guy who played that first OTB tournament a few weeks ago. Glad it went well!
The best way to improve is to play opponents slightly better than yourself and to go through your own games afterwards. Once you begin to see what mistakes you are making it is a good deal easier to try and avoid making them in the future. When you realise what it is you are not seeing you can try and see it in the next game. The process is slow and incremental. Just before you were checkmated or lost material the opponent moved a piece to threaten checkmate or to take material. Just before that they moved a piece to a square from where material or mate would be threatened the following move. There is no better way to ingrain these patterns than to feel the annoyance or chagrin of missing it in your own games.
Books can give ideas. Personally I have yet to see better than "The Art of the Middle Game" by Keres and Kotov which has been reprinted. The two chapters by Kotov - Strategy and Tactics of the attack on the King and Various Pawn positions in the Centre are straightforward and concise.
If you want a longer read then "chess strategy for club players" by Dutch IM and trainer Herman Grooten is quite good. On the tactics side "Understanding Chess Tactics" by German IM and trainer Martin Weteschnik is very clearly explained. Just money for one? Go with Weteschnick.
The trouble with all books is that it is the devil's own job to learn how to apply any principles to your own games because of the "fog of war" - trying to keep a cool analysis head under fire. This is why going through your own games is fundamental. The books show how very good players resolved certain specific positions with analysis to back up the fact they got it right. Some of those ideas work in positions we have. The difference is we have to do the back up analysis to show we had it right. The writers of these books are where they are. Start where you are.