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I highly recommend you study the lesson “How to Solve Chess Puzzles” to help you get maximum benefit from the CHESSFOX Tactics Trainer.
What Makes The CHESSFOX Tactics Trainer Unique?
The CHESSFOX tactics trainer has a few unique advantages over other tactics training tools:
- The exercises are hand-picked for their instructional value and with a strong focus on learning useful tactical ideas.
- The solutions to the puzzles are explained in detail so that you don’t have to face the frustration of not understanding the solution.
How to Use the CHESSFOX Free Chess Tactics Trainer
With the majority of online tactical trainers the focus seems to be on 1) how fast you can solve the puzzles or 2) whether you can somehow manipulate your rating upwards–which gives a false sense of your true tactical ability. Although such training may still be beneficial, you could do a lot better.
The focus is not only on trying to solve all the puzzles correctly, but on 1) learning more about tactical patterns and 2) practicing your calculation process.
To this end, here’s a few more tips on how to use the CHESSFOX Tactics Trainer:
- Don’t rush through the exercises. Study the solutions in as much detail as you possibly can and take the time to critically evaluate alternative variations.
- Repeat the exercises! Repetition is how you effectively improve your pattern recognition skills. Go over these exercises again and again.
- It’s worth the effort to pack the positions onto a real chessboard. The simple exercise of setting up the position correctly is not a waste of time. In fact, it makes your training more fun, more real, and in my opinion, more effective.