1. Do you agree on the above? 2. How would you define chess strategy?
From Chess Strategy: Move by Move by Adam Hunt, he defines chess strategy in his introduction as:
Chess strategy is concerned with the correct evaluation of a position and the formulation
of an effective plan based upon its characteristic features. When the word ‘strategy’ is
mentioned, people tend to jump to the conclusion that we are talking about long-term
middlegame planning, and that you have to be some sort of psychic who can see the future,
but that is rarely the case. Many features of a given position which are strategically
important will evolve out of the opening and finish in the endgame, so it would be foolish
to completely ignore these phases of the game. Plans can be short or long term, depending
on how the landscape in front of you is changing as the game progresses. This is why the
subject is so complex and so much material is available on it.
Emphasis is mine.
So, to contrast to your definition:
- Hunt does not restrict himself to long term planning in his definition
- It spans all phases of the game, including the opening
- There is no explicit mention of tactical/positional devices, but I think it is covered in his "characteristic features"
3. If you had to choose only 1 game that illustrates chess strategy in action what would that game be?
On the basis of the complexity of the subject, no one game will highlight all elements of chess strategy.
4. What methods do you use to evaluate a position to determine your strategy?
This is covered in How To Reassess Your Chess by Jeremy Silman. He calls Hunt's "characteristic features" imbalances, i.e. differences in the Black and White armies. He considers:
- Superior Minor Piece: Bishops vs. Knights
- Pawn Structure—Weak Pawns, Passed Pawns, etc.
- Control of a Key File (or indeed control of a key line)
- Control of a Hole/Weak Square
- Lead in Development
- King Safety