ChessBase's free tactics training

by Albert Silver
4/27/2015 – Tactics, tactics, tactics. There isn't a teacher or manual that does not press this point mercilessly, and with good reason: strategy collapses if the tactics are flawed. After releasing a slew of web applications, from cloud database to Fritz or children instruction, ChessBase now presents its latest addition, a free tactics trainer with over 34 thousand positions!

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Your key to fresh ideas, precise analyses and targeted training!
Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.


Being able to pounce when the position has been set up can be the difference between
winning and drawing, or even losing


Located at the fairly easy-to-remember address: (no WWW), upon opening it you will see...

... this page with one of the thousands of tactical positions. If for some reason it shows a
partial board, just reload. It happens on occasion when opening the first time.

The toolbar is fairly self-explanatory, though buttons such as Criticize Position require you
to be logged in

The first thing you should do is Log In

To do so, click on it, and use your Playchess account if you have one.
If not, create a free new account, and enter. The reason is that while
you can solve as many as 120 positions as an anonymous guest, when
you are logged in you can access the 34 thousand, and it will keep track
of your results.

Once logged in, it will show you your rating, the number of positions solved,
and even the overall Ranking lists

When clicking on the Ratings lists, you will see the top players in either number solved,
highest earned rating and the activity list (i.e. who is working the hardest)

If you are stuck in a position, don't hesitate to consult the Hint button

Feel free to send feedback on a position

By all means bookmark the page since it not only costs nothing, but practicing tactics regularly can only do wonders for your game. Happy solving!


Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications, and the content creator of the YouTube channel, Chess & Tech.


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Buffy Buffy 9/24/2019 11:47
Broken. Very sad.
Buffy Buffy 9/23/2019 05:47
Still not working with any browser (Win7-Explorer, Mozilla, Google). Fritz 16. No other problems.
Buffy Buffy 9/22/2019 06:23
Again 0/0 solved. Very frustrating. Battle and Sprint work great!
Buffy Buffy 9/21/2019 10:29
Not working - no rating, no ranking. Tried many times. :-(
aegi58 aegi58 5/27/2019 08:05
I have solved hundreds of tactics in the last years now my rating and my ranking have disappeared. Solved more than hundred tactics yesterday, no rating, no ranking. When I log out and log in again 0/0 solved. But I'm ranked as Shooting Star. Something must be wrong. What happened?
Thank you for solving this problem!
Klaus Aegerter
Makragic Makragic 8/30/2015 10:11
Make this Android app! That is biggest minus of this WebSite, awful Android apps!
Enesco Enesco 7/9/2015 06:04

The possibility to save a position (interesting or not solved or... ) in CB format (or PGN) would be very nice; it would improve the training function very much. Very nicely done!
Brian Smith Brian Smith 5/3/2015 06:01
For missed exercises:
A: If you have Chessbase 12, a way to download those you missed - even just the position AND
B: A categorization by type so one can identify WHAT to improve on.'s just a bunch of random tactics and those are all over the internet. Chessbase should be a bit more 'special'...especially for those already with their flagship Chessbase 12.

KhanCaro KhanCaro 4/29/2015 03:59

thanks for this new feature.

However, I would like to say that :
- still has some trouble on a 10 inch android tablet. the board sometimes doesn't appear or in a bad size for the screen
- there are a lot of mate problems !
- solving 1 position can result in a count of multiples positions solved, because a combination with a few moves is count as multiple position solving... really ?
ashperov ashperov 4/28/2015 10:02
Yes on the playchess app will be cool. Most people might be logged in on the back ground while at work or what not then the speed trainer is not suitable. Just a trainer with no time limit on the playchess app will be great
Nisha Mohota Nisha Mohota 4/28/2015 08:47
I tried this free tactics trainer immediately on reading this article! It is really a nice new addition. I specially like the ranking list feature which makes it very competitive,motivating and addictive! However, I wish there was some button which could show the previous positions already viewed...or a bookmark by which I could highlight the positions which I like more than the others...could be very useful later.
Magic_Knight Magic_Knight 4/28/2015 05:41
jalapeno jalapeno 4/28/2015 05:15
will this tactic's trainer be added to the Playchess desktop client as well? there is the speed tactic trainer, but this trainer is slightly different.
Joseph Healy Joseph Healy 4/28/2015 02:29
I would also like a replay button.
Truffaut Truffaut 4/27/2015 10:31
Another great service from ChessBase. Thank you.
SkipsPa SkipsPa 4/27/2015 07:15
Can't this simply be added on to the Chessbase mobile app?
The_Jeh The_Jeh 4/27/2015 05:29
Semprun, if the British cared about proper etymology, they would spell it "criticize."
GPQ GPQ 4/27/2015 04:01
Great initiative! Any chance it becomes a phone app? Thx
semprun semprun 4/27/2015 03:50
Criticise NOT critiSIZE (on send feedback)
binnun binnun 4/27/2015 02:48
great, great idea! thank you

more ideas:
1. replay button / repeat (especially helpful if you have failed first time)
2. list of failed/solved puzzles for registered users (helpful for checking later)
johan1234 johan1234 4/27/2015 12:11
Well done CB.
azlan azlan 4/27/2015 10:12
There's also free tactical training at my YouTube channel but with computer-generated puzzles instead. Some easy, some not so easy. Updated daily.