Each tactics lesson covers a different tactics theme consisting of four difficulty levels: Beginner (A), Novice (B), Average (C), Master (D). These lessons were developed from those available as free tactics lessons at The Chess Page http://webplaza.pt.lu/ckaber/Chess.htm (as of February 2003).

Lessons will be posted as time permits and each lesson s links will become active when posted (links are active when appearing in navy/dark blue text; if text is black then not yet available). There are also available pgn files for downloading presenting the problems in each lesson with annotations and my commentary, plus a full pgn file with many additional games for reviewing covering each lesson topic, with annotations but does not include my commentary. In addition, for those wishing to download each lesson’s starting diagrams (in jpg format) and a text (txt) document with solutions, annotations, and my commentary, I provide a zipped file for downloading for each lesson.

Lesson Page Link | Downloads | ||

Lesson 1 Back Rank Weakness |
Lesson 1 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 1 PGN (full) |
Lesson 1 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 2 Discovered Attack |
Lesson 2 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 2 PGN (full) |
Lesson 2 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 3 Entombed Kings |
Lesson 3 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 3 PGN (full) |
Lesson 3 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 4 King in the Center |
Lesson 4 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 4 PGN (full) |
Lesson 4 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 5 Pulling King to bad squares |
Lesson 5 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 5 PGN (full) |
Lesson 5 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 6 Mating Attack |
Lesson 6 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 6 PGN (full) |
Lesson 6 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 7 Opening/Closing Files |
Lesson 7 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 7 PGN (full) |
Lesson 7 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 8 Opening/Closing Diagonals |
Lesson 8 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 8 PGN (full) |
Lesson 8 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 9 Long diagonals |
Lesson 9 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 9 PGN (full) |
Lesson 9 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 10 Bishop Pair |
Lesson 10 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 10 PGN (full) |
Lesson 10 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 11 Deflection |
Lesson 11 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 11 PGN (full) |
Lesson 11 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 12 Pulling pieces to bad squares |
Lesson 12 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 12 PGN (full) |
Lesson 12 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 13 Freeing/Blocking Squares |
Lesson 13 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 13 PGN (full) |
Lesson 13 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 14 The Pin |
Lesson 14 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 14 PGN (full) |
Lesson 14 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 15 Too much pressure on defense |
Lesson 15 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 15 PGN (full) |
Lesson 15 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 16 Passed-pawn /pawn-breakthrough |
Lesson 16 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 16 PGN (full) |
Lesson 16 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |

Lesson 17 Double Attack |
Lesson 17 PGN (12 game problems) |
Lesson 17 PGN (full) |
Lesson 17 (diagrams & solutions) zipped file |