I’ve created a chess tactics quiz that will estimate your current skill level. It takes only 15 minutes!
- You will get 10 chess tactics puzzles (some easy, some hard) to solve
- Write down your answers on a piece of paper (or memorize your answers)
- Recommended time-limit: 1 minute per puzzle
- Good luck and enjoy!
Once you have completed the quiz, compare your answers to the solutions given below.
Chess Tactics Quiz – Solutions
How did you do?
Note: If you have not done so already, you should read the article on the best chess tactics training method. It is an in-depth article that will show you the best way to get better at chess tactics. (Hint: It’s mainly about making a study of tactical motifs.)
I’ve created a course that will help you boost your tactical skill by mastering the most important motifs.
You can get it here: Chess Tactics: 20 Motifs Chess Course
The Analytical Thinking System
0-2 points (Beginner)
You had a hard time with this but that is okay. The good news is that you can improve your game significantly by studying tactical motifs! Studying tactical motifs is an effective way to improve your overall tactical awareness. You will be able to take advantage of your opponents’ mistakes and you will in turn make fewer mistakes. At this stage of your development as a chess player, you will get a lot of benefit from studying the motifs.
3-4 points (Novice)
You have a few tactical tricks up your sleeve and you can surprise a careless opponent. But that said, there is still a lot you can do to improve your tactics skill. (At this level I often see chess players blame their “bad opening” for their losses, when instead it was their tactical skill that let them down – not their opening.) At this stage of your development as a chess player will also get a lot of practical value from studying tactical motifs.
5-8 points (Intermediate)
Impressive result! With a score like this it’s clear you’re not just a social chess player, or if you are, you’re very talented. Your well-developed tactical skill makes you a very dangerous opponent. To take your tactical skill to an even higher level, you should study how tactical motifs can be used to create new targets in your opponent’s position. In fact, making an in-depth study of tactical motifs should probably be the most important aspect of your chess training at this point of your development. Your understanding of chess tactics will improve significantly if you make a serious study of all the important motifs.
9-10 points (Advanced)
Congratulations! Given your high score in the tactics quiz, I recommend you spend more time working on other skills such as openings, endgames and positional strategies. At this level you have probably already made an in-depth study of tactical motifs. But if you haven’t done so yet, I highly recommend you do. Your understanding of chess tactics will benefit from it.
The purpose of the chess tactics quiz on this page was to determine your current skill level and give you specific recommendations on how to further improve your tactical skill. I trust that it helped you along the way and that you will in future get many opportunities to show your opponents what you can do! If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to follow me to get more chess training tips and website updates.
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