Tactics

Why am I limited to only five tactics per day?

If you are limited to five tactics per day then you are either a guest (not logged in) or have a free "Basic Member" account on Chess.com. Premium Members have access to unlimited tactics! Click here for more information keywords:memberships tactics problems 3 three only premium benefits

What is the Tactics Trainer for?

"Chess is 99% tactics." - Richard Veichmann Tactics are a fundamental part of chess. No matter how well you know your openings or plan your strategies, if you can't recognize tactics you are going to make mistakes in your games. Tactics have been called "the watchdogs of strategy" because they are ...

How do I use the Tactics Trainer interface?

When you begin training, you will be presented with a position on the chess-board. You will be playing the side on the bottom and you will see a label such as "WHITE to move." In most cases, two seconds later you will see a piece move, which is your "opponent's" move (made by the computer interface...

Why did the tactic end where it did? I don't get it...

We try our best to make sure that the stopping point is clear. Often times it will be checkmate or a decisive material advantage. Problems can also end with a pending overwhelming attack or massive positional advantage. Occassionally problems will end with stalemate or return to material equality (i...

How are the next tactics chosen for me when I am training?

The next tactic for you is chosen randomly from within a pool of tactics that are within a rating band close to your current rating. As you move up or down in rating your available pool of tactics changes. keywords: tactics choose next problem chosen random

How does the time and ratings work?

The Chess.com Tactics Trainer uses the same Glicko rating style used in our Daily Chess and Chess Lessons. Essentially you are playing a quick game against the problem! If you make all the correct moves you can achieve up to a full point for a win, and if you fail then you get a partial score based ...

How do I get rid of the timer bar - it's bothering me!?

You can get rid of the timing bar by adjusting your Tactics Trainer settings by clicking on the gear icon. From there, simply uncheck "Show Timer." However, the problems will still be timed and the timing will still affect your rating. keywords: tactics timer time rating mode training unti...

Where do all of these tactics come from?

Tactics are present in ALL chess games. It is just a matter of finding them. To do that we analyze games played on Chess.com (and from other sources) to find games with blunders in them. Then we use a sophisticated algorithm to parse the results, making sure there is only one clear winning line. F...

How can I submit some tactical problems to be included?

Most of our problems come from games we have analyzed. However, we would love to see your submissions which we will include if they meet our standards! All submissions must be in a .pgn file(s) within a .zip file and emailed to: tacticsub@chess.com. keywords: submit, submissions, tactics traine...