Checks, Captures and Threats

Ever consider the fact that in chess it takes just one move to lose a game? Which means that each move you make is conceivably a losing one. But, no worries.  Today we’ll look at a simple method for determining if your candidate move is tactically sound. 

So what’s this simple method I speak of? First visualize your candidate move and then analyze all of the checks, captures and threats your opponent can respond with. Like I said, pretty simple huh?

Hello again, and welcome to the continuation of our discussion on using a simple thought process to avoid common chess mistakes and also to find the best moves. In our last episode, I presented what I consider to be the best thought process to avoid playing tactically unsound moves. In this episode, we will be using the checks, captures and threats method to locate a winning move. To further connect these two episodes, we will be examining the same position that we looked at in part 1 and as promised, I will reveal the game from which I harvested featured position from. So without further delay, I present to you part two of our examination of the checks, captures and threats thought process.

We join the 1925 game between Hermanis Karlovich Mattison and Vladimir Vukovic on move 20 where it is blacks turn. Last week, we used the checks, captures and threats method to determine that our candidate move of Qxe2 was a mistake. This week, we will turn our attention to using the same thought process to locate a better candidate move.

If you did the problems last week, try them again this week and see if you get them done more quickly and accurately.

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