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6 Things to Keep in Mind to Find Best Moves E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 09 December 2016 00:39

best moves in chessEvery chess player wants to learn how Grandmasters make those incredible moves. Do they have a special set of rules they follow to find the moves that win games, tournaments and even World Championship Matches? Is it all inherent talent or those rules can be learned by others? The answer lays somewhere in the middle. Of course, there are rules that even amateur players can learn and master how to apply for finding the best moves. There is also a talent component, which can possible be enhanced by specialized training. In this article, we will learn 6 things that will help you at finding the best moves in your own games.

1.  First, look for forcing moves

The most important rule to remember about finding the strongest moves is looking for forcing moves. What are forcing moves? These are the moves that force your opponents to take action. Those are usually checks, captures and threats. If you capture a piece or check your opponent’s king, he must recapture the piece or take the king into safety.

Why is it important to play forcing moves? 

It simplifies calculation. Instead of evaluating all your opponent’s possibilities, you only need to take into account the responses for forcing moves. Instead of calculating 5 different lines, you only need to consider 1-2. It’s 2 or even 3 times less calculation! It makes a huge difference, allowing you to focus only on what matters.

2.  Next, look for attacking moves

If there are no forcing moves, you should play the attacking moves. Attacking moves work kind of like the forcing moves, making your opponent to respond to threats. Chess is the game where an attacking side has an upper hand. Defensive side needs to play very precisely to equalize. If you make a single wrong move, you may lose. If an attacker makes a wrong move, he will simply lose some of the advantage.

That’s a much better position to be in, both psychologically and strategically. Always play attacking chess and it will pay off. You will win more games and even if you lose some games, at least you will do it your way!

3.  If under attack, look for active moves

Every chess player gets in trouble sooner or later. Sometimes, things just don’t go as expected, and you end up under a powerful attack. There are two ways to play these kinds of positions. The first way involves passive defense, where a player simply tries to eliminate his opponent threats and hopes for a draw. This is not a bad approach, and it is possible to save many games that way. However, there is a much more active way to deal with things, which is called an active approach. You not only trying to eliminate the threats, but most importantly to create threats of your own, alter the course of the game, gain initiative and play for a win.

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4.  If losing, look for a good sacrifice

If things are going extremely badly, and you don’t see any realistic chances for survival, you should employ the plan B.

It is a well-known idea that if you are in trouble you should complicate the position in hope that your opponent will get confused more than you, allowing to save the game. One way of complicating the position involves a sacrifice or massive pawn exchanges. Of course, this method does not guarantee a success. You may still lose the game. However, you will have a fighting chance, and possibly will be able to save few positions using this approach.

5.  Look for a good move, not necessarily the best move

Many chess players believe that to be a good chess player and win games you need to find absolutely the best move over the board. Indeed, it is a good idea but only from a theoretical point of view.

A chess player cannot afford spending 30 minutes thinking about how to recapture the piece, or what rook to place on an open file. In fact, chess players usually see everything a position has to offer in the first 5 minutes of analysis. Thinking further will not change your depth of calculation or quality of thinking. Clock is part of the game, and a player that makes quality moves faster typically gets an upper hand.

6.  Avoid useless moves

How many times do you play a move just to make a move. The chances are it happens a lot, especially if you are under 2200 rated player. We move pieces, push pawns and do many other useless or semi-useless moves when we don’t have a clear plan, in hope to get one from your opponent’s response.

The problem with this strategy is that if you follow your opponent’s plan, you must play by his rules. He will be the one dictating the game and making key decisions, you will be on the back seat. It’s not a good position to be in, because the chances are high you’ll have to play positions that he plays the best. That will just help to increase his odds of winning. You should be the one in control of the game, and one of the ways to achieve that is by avoiding useless moves.

If you want to improve your chess level, you need to have a clear study plan. If you aim for a dramatic improvement at chess you need to work on all of the elements of the game in a systematic way:

  • tactics
  • positional play
  • attacking skills
  • endgame technique
  • classical games analysis
  • psychological preparation
  • and much more

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Last Updated on Friday, 09 December 2016 09:48

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