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    Tactics 101

    Welcome to Tactics 101. This course is intended for beginners and novices. You will learn important tactical motifs such as Pin, Fork, Skewer, Double Check, and Discovered Check. These motifs always are components in winning chess games. April 20th, 2012 update: Please enjoy the bonus 11th lesson featuring the famous combination from Levitsky-Marshall, 1912! This is the Golden Coins game that has reached chess immortality. It was recently mentioned in the movie 'Tower Heist'.

    • 1Marshall Golden Coins Game - B...
    • 6.5Knight Fork, Part 1...
    • 2The Skewer, Part 2....
    • 7.5Discovered Check...
    • 3Deflection, Part 1...
    • 8.5Deflection, Part 2...
    • 4The Skewer, Part 1...
    • 9.5Knight Fork, Part 2...
    • 5Double Check...
    • 10.5The Pin, Part 2...
    • 6The Pin...
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    Mark Ginsburg

    Mark Ginsburg received his IM title in 1982.  He has played against many Grandmasters in the USA and in Europe.  His peak USCF rating was 2578 in 1993.