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Mikhail Tal, who arguably was the greatest chess player ever, made it all look easy at times. Here’s a finish against Benko in 1964. OK, be the former world champion!

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That White pawn on g7 seems to have wandered too far into the enemy camp. What can White do to help the little guy out?

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This is a little longer than usual, but the logic of White’s attack is very attractive. From Neishtadt-Gipslis, Riga, 1955.

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White to Play

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If you have been with us a while, this should be a piece of cake. If you don’t get this, then best study its lessons. It occurs not infrequently.

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Black to Play

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A nice finish by Chigorin in 1874.

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Black to Play

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Continuing our tactical alertness in the opening series with a game from a young Karpov as Black. He spots a way to win a piece.

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Continuing our tactical alertness in the opening series.

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Black to Play

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Which is more important—an exposed king or an exposed queen in the opening?

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The Ruy Lopez is considered more of a strategic than a tactical opening, but here we have some tactics from a tactical era—Mayet-Anderssen, Berlin, 1851. It’s a cavalcade of errors, so enjoy the whole game.

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White to Play

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In continuing our adventure into tactical alertness in the opening, what should White do here against Black’s triple threat on c3?

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Black to Play

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The Two Knights Defense is tricky and dangerous for both sides! Here in Guszev-Vojnikovcs, Moscow, 1950, White is threatening a devasting discovered check, but Black has another idea about how this should end.

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