When you’re playing a game of chess there are certain strategies available to you as a player that enable you to force your opponent to do something other than they wish to do. This is what’s known as tactical play and there are 3 key components to a tactical game that enable the best players to win game after game.
The concepts are simple and any chess player can begin to learn a tactical game, it’s not something that’s reserved for grandmasters they are as follows:
Offensive Control of Key Tactical Squares
You can force a change in your opponent’s strategy by blocking squares from inbound movement. That means using pawns, knights, etc. to hold the ground they desire. It’s not about occupying those squares on the chess board but rather having enough offensive weaponry targeted on the space so that it’s not easy (or possible) for your opponent to control it.
Forcing Defensive Obligations
There’s no weaker piece than a major piece that’s being forced to defend a weak pawn. That’s because in the early part of the game, the key objective is to pick off individual pawns in order to gain a substantial advantage in the end game. So if you threaten a weak pawn – you can often hold down a much stronger piece in exchange for its defence.
Controlling Other Open Space
If there’s no opportunity to do either of the things mentioned above, it’s time to start controlling the empty squares on the board. Domination of space makes it harder for any of your opponent’s plans to come to fruition, so if you find yourself at a loss for a move – start thinking about the area you can hold on to and secure it.
These three simple techniques can aid every player, at any point and make for a magnetic chess game. Superior tactical play eventually wins games, you should keep in mind your overall plan whenever you make a move and ask yourself do they meet these objectives? If not, you might want to consider doing something else.