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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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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