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Tactical Thinking Course

For Players U1000

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Many beginner players want to crack the elusive 1000 rating barrier, but don’t know how to improve. The best way to hit this rating goal is to limit one-move blunders using a logical thought process and to build up pattern recognition for the most common tactical motifs. In this first-ever video course by International Academy of Chess instructors Andrew Schley and Ryan Murphy, “Tactical Thinking Course for Players Under 1000,” you will learn how to improve the way you look at the chess board to limit your blunders and exploit your opponent’s mistakes.

This course is aimed at novice and beginner players (0-1000) who are stuck below 1000 rating and want to improve their tactical thought process. This course has more than 3 hours of detailed instructional content, 7 PGN guides to help you practice critical positions from the lessons, and a bonus checkmate quiz to help you test your skills.

The course covers essential tactical motifs with many mating patterns and basic fork and pin tactics. It also provides a methodology for shaping your own thought process so that you avoid making moves which blunder material and focus instead on forcing moves which give you a tactical edge over your opponent. We hope that by enrolling in this course, you can avoid simple tactical oversights in your own games and take your chess play to the next level.


Your Instructor


Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy

USCF Expert Ryan Murphy is a chess coach from Wisconsin who joined Chess University in 2016. He works behind the scenes as the Operations Manager and has also helped teach live lessons in the Prodigy Program and analyzed hundreds of student games.

Ryan started playing tournament chess at the age of 17 and is currently working towards the goal reaching the USCF title of National Master. Ryan teaches many private students online and works for a chess academy in Wisconsin, teaching chess in after-school programs.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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