Jul 16, 2014

What are Various Kinds of Advantages in Chess?

1 The opponent has a vulnerable king position. (Temporary)
2 Material Advantage. (Permanent)
3 Better Pawn Structure. (Permanent)
4 Control of a key file, key rank or key square.
5 Better placed pieces.
6 Space advantage. (Permanent)
7 The development advantage. (Temporary)
8 The initiative. (Temporary)

Jun 10, 2014

Silman’s Suggestion for Making a Plan

  1. Figure out positive and negative imbalances of both sides, i.e., (Material, Pawn Structure, Superior Minor Pieces, Space, Control of a Key File or Square, Lead in Development and Initiative).
  2. Figure out the side of the board you wish to play on.
  3. Dream up your fantasy position.
  4. Figure out if you can reach your dream position? If you can't then dream up another dream position.
  5. Now calculate different candidate moves and select one for execution.

Apr 16, 2014

Valuable Tip for Searching a Best Move in Chess?

Apply following concepts to structure the search with the help of following concepts:

  • Main Theme: the theme that dominates the position.
  • Partial Goal: a position a little bit better than the one you have on the board, working within the overall plan.
  • Mini Operations: small manoeuvres on the way to partial goals.
  • Key Positions: positions where everything is critical; this is where games are generally decide.
  • Tactics as a Strategic Tool: tactics that support the overall plan.

Feb 12, 2014

What are Different Pawn Structures?

We can divide Pawn Structures into following 5 types to facilitate our discussion:

  1. Closed Centre: White’s and Black’s pawns from an interlocked chain in the centre. With pawns in the centre wedged against each other, it is on the flanks that breakthroughs are usually made. Often the players take one flank each and then try to be first to break through. However, the rule “An attack on the flank is best answered by a counterattack in the centre” can be relevant even with a closed centre, as it may be possible to disintegrate the centre by sacrificing a piece.
  2. Open Centre: There are no pawns in the centre. When the centre lacks pawns the position of the pieces grow in importance. Active piece play is the key to success. A common plan is to coordinate your troops to create weaknesses in the pawn structure on either flank. The rooks usually play an important role as they have good prospects on the open files, striving towards the seventh rank.
  3. Fixed Centre: Two opposing pawns are nailed to each other. When a fixed structure in the centre there are various types of plans, but often it is important to get a grip on the centre and to reinforce it with pieces. After that, the attacker tries to create weaknesses in his opponent’s position, infiltrating with his pieces or starting an attack on the flank.
  4. Mobile Centre: One of the players has two or more pawns that are capable of advancing in the centre. The side that has a mobile centre often wants to advance the pawns to create a passed pawn. However, if the opponent prevents this, an attack on the king might become possible, as the opponent’s troops are focused on controlling the centre. The side that plays against a mobile centre wants to control and blockade the pawns, and later to undermine them and destroy the centre.
  5. Fluid Centre: The structure of the centre is not yet decided. Both players must strive for the centre.

Jan 15, 2014

How to Make a Plan in Chess?

Following two questions are the basis for making a plan:

  1. What type of pawn-structure is it?
  2. What is good and what is bad about my position?

Once answers to questions 1 and 2 are clear, next stage in planning is to develop a plan and make it more specific. Following questions, help us in developing our plan:

  1. Which pieces do I want to exchange, and which to keep?
  2. Which side of the board should I play on?
  3. What is my dream position?
  4. What does my opponent want to do?

Last stage of planning is about how to carry out the developed plan, which is done by exploring the answers of these two questions:

  1. Can I take a step in the right direction?
  2. Which moves are worth taking a closer look at?

Jan 4, 2013

Pandolfini’s Endgame Course


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Pandolfini in “Pandolfini’s Endgame Course”, is able to combine the two most needed features in an endgame course, i.e., drawing general principles along with analytic and technical approach in writing where it was necessary to do so.

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Dec 31, 2012

Planning in Chess by Flesch


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It is a difficult task to come up with a plan in the middle game, especially, for the beginner. Flesch in “Planning in Chess” teaches you how to select a correct plan and execute it.

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