Chess Tactics 101

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Welcome to Chess Tactics 101, a new course by IM Kostya Kavutskiy aimed to explain the fundamentals of chess tactics. This course features 3 hours of video lessons, along with lesson PGNs and training exercises for each topic. The course was designed for players rated between 900-1500 ELO.

In this course, IM Kavutskiy not only aims to show the most important tactical motifs, but to break down why they work, and in what situations should a player look for tactics during the game. In addition to understanding the most common tactical themes and patterns, it is important for a player to practice solving puzzles on a consistent basis, in order to improve their tactical vision.

Students who go through this course will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of how tactics work
  • Understand the elements that strong players look for in order to spot hidden tactics
  • Learn about various tactical motifs such as double attacks, pins, removing the defender, and more
  • Discover what it takes to greatly increase overall tactical skill

Prerequisite Knowledge Needed:

This course assumes the student has sound knowledge of all the rules in chess as well as the entire curriculum covered in Chess University’s Intro to Chess Crash Course . Otherwise, it is suggested to work through the Intro to Chess Crash Course before enrolling in this one.

Check out the course curriculum below for a full preview of this course, and watch the first lesson for free.

Your Instructor

Kostya Kavutskiy (IM)
Kostya Kavutskiy (IM)

IM Kostya Kavutskiy is a widely recognized chess coach, author, and a Director of Operations at Chess University, Inc. Kostya joined the Chess University team three years ago and has taught students around the world through the Prodigy Program and through his spectacular video courses.

Kostya was born in Kiev, Ukraine but raised in Los Angeles, California. He first learned chess from his grandfather when he was 5. By the time he was 16, Kostya had reached 2200 Elo becoming a National Master. Kostya’s main highlight is winning the 2014 Southern California Championship.

Around 2012, he started working full-time as a chess professional. This included writing for US Chess and Chess Life Magazine, as well as recording videos lessons.

Currently, Kostya's also a member of the San Jose Hackers team in the PRO Chess League and is actively training and playing tournaments to earn the GM title. He primarily teaches at Bay Area Chess and Chess University.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This video course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
This course includes lifetime access, it never expires! After enrolling, you have full on-demand access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days since purchase and we will give you a full refund.

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