When I was growing up, my father would give me many chess puzzles to solve every day, and I really looked forward
to solving them. This process helped me throughout my career and has done a lot to make me the player I am today. Now, twenty
five years later, I still solve chess puzzles every day, and it’s also how I ask my students to practice chess on a
Another thing I strongly recommend is to solve the puzzles at least three times. Make a note of how long it
takes you solve each one. When you have finished all the puzzles, start over from the beginning and note your times again.
You’ll be amazed at how much faster you’ll be the second and third times—a clear indication that practicing
these patterns has helped you learn to recognize them. The more patterns you recognize, the better your chess skills will
It is important to try to find these solutions quickly. As your game improves, you will want to be able to see
these checkmates accurately from a distance of many moves.
Try to solve these puzzles without using a board. In the beginning you may want to set up these positions on
a chessboard, but as soon as you get the hang of it, solve them by looking at the book, not the board. This process will help
you improve your calculation and visualization skills. These are two very critical skills in chess. Professional chess players
can visualize the chessboard in their minds and some can calculate up to a few dozens moves mentally without looking at the
board at all.