Chess Asked on January 6, 2022
I’ve noticed that the nature of the tactics differ from one website to another. For instance, on lichess.org/training (the website which I train tactics the most on), I have noticed that tactics always present (at my rating level, at least) with the following features:
It is easy to imagine why these features make the problem of identifying tactics from analysed games more tractable, but from the perspective of learning the game they are not ideal: 1. results in defensive play being neglected and 2., 3. make the puzzles less representative of real play. I found this old blog post on how tactics are generated on lichess, but I believe things have changed a lot since then and I think it’s no longer relevant (I was not able to find more recent posts, and have not attempted to look at their code).
I have noticed that on chess.com/puzzles 3. (and possibly 1.) do not occur, but I’m not sure since I train rarely there. I actually prefer the problems on lichess, since they look (at least at the starting position) a little more realistic. I’m also aware of a few other websites, like chesstempo (where I believe multiple moves are allowed).
This is my main question: Can anyone provide a comprehensive comparison of the different tactics trainers available, in terms of the above and other characteristics? How are these differences explained in terms of the algorithms that mine and create tactics? How can I best train various aspects of tactical play, which may not all be accessible on one website?
The tactics trainers cannot be compared to each other. You need to compare them to a specific person as everybody has different needs and preferences.
That said, all the ones I have seen are done poorly from an educational perspective which would most effectively help you improve as fast and as far as you could.
Answered by edwina oliver on January 6, 2022
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