Questions tagged [positional-play]

A style of play emphasizing capture of strategic squares and prophylactic moves.

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What is the best continuation for White?

[FEN "4r3/pq3k2/1p4p1/2p1Qn1p/2PpN3/3P4/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1"] It is White to move the above position. After Ng5 check, the Black king can go only to g8 or f8. If the Black king goes to g8, they ...
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Checkmate in 7 moves?

In the below chess position, the chess.com computer analysis says that there is a checkmate in 7 moves for Black, but I can't find the way. Can you help me find the solution? White's last move was ...
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Is there any way white can win?

[fen "1K6/1P3q2/1P6/P7/3k4/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Is there any way that white can win or draw in the above game?
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The Game of the Century - why didn't Byrne take the rook after he forked Fischer?

I'm guessing that there's a pretty simple explanation for this, but I can't seem to see it. [White "Donald Byrne"] [Black "Robert James Fischer"] [fen ""] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5....
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Life imitates chess: is a player' style of play determined by personality and can style of play be altered? [closed]

There's a popular saying along the lines of "life imitates chess", my understanding is that cool, calm and collected players like Karpov will tend to opt for positional play while unsettled skittish ...
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Short and long term plans in a closed game in the Sicilian Defense

Today, I have played a game as Black. I reached this position, with Black to play: The position, as you can see, is closed. The truth is that I had difficulty finding a plan here, considering the ...
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Why is Na5 not played in this line of the French Defense, Advance Variation?

I find Na5 a good resource for black in this line of the french, profiting from the fact that white's b-pawn is binned to the bishop. As far as I can understand this position with my limited chess, I ...
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Is White controlling this game?

Which side is in a better position here : white or black ? Is White controlling this game as all rook, knight, bishop, queen are in open position now ? What are the chances for black to come back ? [...
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Winning plan for black in this line of French Defense: Advance Variation Main Line

I play the French Defense as both white and black. I often play this line with black suggested by Korchnoi if I am not wrong. I have found a way to prevent the sudden b4, via Bd7 (if 8.Rb1 Bd7 9.b4 ...
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How do I identify strong pieces?

Depending on the situation, some pieces that are ordinarily worth the about same value (say a knight and a bishop, or two of any piece) have different practical values because one piece is stronger ...
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Why is 3. Nc3 played in mainline of the Modern Defense?

After: [FEN ""] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 by far the most common third move is 3. Nc3. This goes against the principle of not blocking the c pawn with the knight as white, now of course principles can be ...
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Chess strategy versus positional chess

If one master writes a book on chess strategy (example here) and another writes a book on positional chess (example here), are they writing more or less on the same subject? Do other major chess ...
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How do I make the right move after an opening? [duplicate]

I'm slowly getting better at my chess skills, but the one thing that bugs me the most right now is not knowing which piece to move after many of my pieces have been developed and the king has been ...
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Understanding Kramnik's play in game 1 of Candidates 2018

The position I'm studying is the middlegame part of the game 1 of Berlin Candidates 2018 between Kramnik and Grischuk, which Kramnik won with the white pieces. In particular, I'm interested in ...
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How good of a tactical player is Magnus? [closed]

Everyone knows the amazing positional ability and endgame ability of Magnus Carlsen, but how is his tactical skills. I have heard someone say tactics are not his specialty? is this accurate
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Assessing an early c4 against white's Stonewall structure

I made a horrible decision as black in a game, and I do not understand why it's incorrect. [fen "rn2kb1r/pp2pppp/1q3n2/2pp4/3P1P2/2PQPN2/PP4PP/RNB1K2R b - - 0 1"] I played c4, Stockfish considers ...
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How good is this variant of the Sicilian defense?

I am relatively new to chess SE, so I am not sure how to include the chessboard thing. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bc4?! Nxe4 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Qh5+ ... 8. Qd5+ and ...
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Name of pawn struture in B42 Sicilian defense

I like positional games, and the Sicilian defence is very dynamic, however the B42 Sicilian defence is quite positional, but the pawn structure has some weaknesses. I would like to learn more about ...
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Why Stockfish 9 fails to see the draw?

I can reach a draw with White in the below position. The Stockfish 9, however, gives 28.1 points for black after Kf3,Ba1,Ke4,Bb2,Kd3. [FEN "8/p7/kpP5/qrp1b3/rpP2b2/pP4b1/P3K3/8 w - - 0 1"] 1. Kf3 ...
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Which openings (black/white) should man play against a player, who is not good at endgame but a tactical beast?

I'am looking for openings with white and black against strong junior players, which are mostly tactical beasts but not good at endgame.
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What is the thought process of a GM playing bullet? [closed]

I have read other posts (e.g. this) with descriptions of the thought process when playing long time controls, but I'm wondering what kind of information a GM processes during games with very short ...
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Analysis of my recent King's Indian Defense game

I'm looking for any feedback on positional ideas I've missed on a recent KID game I played (as black). We were both about 1900 Elo, although I was slightly higher rated. I've obviously already ...
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Why is exchanging the queens bad in this position?

Stockfish gives +6.6 to the following position. The recommended move by stockfish is Rc1 which maintains +6.6 advantage but if I exchange the queens right away (Qxd6), stockfish gives me +5. What's ...
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Main Ideas behind Spanish Game, Cozio Defense

I've been practicing the Spanish Game so I can have better tournament results with it, Spanish Game 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 Spanish Game, Cozio Defense and I asked my friend to play the Cozio defense, ...
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Why does Stockfish prefer White here?

My analysis of the position: Materially, black is a pawn up. White's rooks and bishop are active. White has potential counterplay on Black's Kingside but I think it can be defended by the move Ng6. ...
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Who has the advantage in this position?

I was in a three%day turn bame, I played almost played a line that would have led me to this position. Black’s central pawns seem to be an advantage, although White being up the exchange scared me. ...
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Examples of harmony?

Recently my chess tutor used a word which in hindsight is very interesting: harmony. He mentioned I should not just develop my pieces in the opening, but develop them harmoniously. Since then, I've ...
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What are the most common squares to be overworked?

Generally are there any distinguishable patterns you look find in the opening that you recognize as weak, or exploitable. Or generally any openings that provide the over-bearing sense of duty on a ...
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Why are these weak squares important in this situation?

I'm watching a video on weak/strong squares. I think that I understand the concept, but not exactly why they are important in this game (Carlsen-Karjakin): The video explains how Carlsen maneuvered ...
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When to move/centralize king?

[fen "8/3k1ppp/2p2n2/r2p4/p2Pp3/4P3/PP2BPPP/4K2R w - - 0 1 "] At this position Stockfish has recommended Kd2, and noticing how the black bishops are off the board the king seems safer centralizing ...
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Why wasn't this strategy chosen?

In the below position, White chose to activate his Knight with Ne4. Of course, he will have to play g4 to prevent …f5, and that requires the moves Kh1 and Rg1. These were the moves played in the game. ...
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D4 D5 C4 NF6 Continuation [duplicate]

I'm a quiet and positional player rated in the 1400's and play exclusively online correspondence chess. I always play D4 with white as first move and usually C4 after that. One opening I come into ...
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What to do in a positionally won situation?

In the below position, White is winning because Black cannot do anything. Black's b-pawn is the last fence barring White from checkmating the king rather easily. k1r4r/1p1nppbp/2b3p1/N7/4PP2/3PB2P/...
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How could I have played this opening better?

This was a recent game on chess.com. The "Maximum" analysis tool they have says my first mistake isn't until move 9, but I felt like I misplayed the opening even earlier. Indeed black's white squared ...
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Positional principles in chess openings

I am a d4 player as white and I really don't like to memorize tatical lines in the opening altought I know most commons lines very well in the first 8 - 15 moves depend on the opening based on my ...
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Has there ever been a successful FIDE or significant historical chess player, that refused to lose any and all pieces in his competitive gameplay?

Rather, has there ever been a significant chess player that avoided sacrifice or even equal exchanges at all costs? Rather, has there been a significant player that was solely bent on maximum pawn ...
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Engine with emphasis on strategic/positional analysis

Are there engines are especially recommended for strategic/positional analysis? I'm especially looking to use the engine in complex, opening position.
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Why did Andersson waste two tempi in this game?

Andersson gives Karpov two tempi (Na6-b4-a6-b4). Understandably, he moved his knight to b4 initially to attack the white bishop. But then he moved it back and forth! It was the 32nd move when he did ...
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Why did white decide to move his king to c3 before playing b3?

In the following photograph, white decided to move his king to c3 before playing b3. After he succeeded in such an act, he moved his king back to the starting point, i.e. e2. Why didn't he just play ...
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Can anyone explain why Re7 is one of the lines suggested by Computer?

I was analyzing one of the Games and got stuck in this Position by Re7 move . I do not want to mention the Players name . As seen in the diagram Bc5 is misleading but Bd6 is one of the lines . Bd6 is ...
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Successful attacks against the king without control of the center

Capablanca states that "control of the center is an essential condition for a successful attack against the king." Control of the center doesn't mean we need dictatorship over all four central ...
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In the King's Indian Defense, is 9…Kh8 playable?

After elaborately detailing the imbalances, I've concluded that black needs to take advantage of his kingside space with ...f5. Therefore, the move ...Nd7 is completely justified (the author agrees ...
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Exercises for positional evaluation

I would like to improve my position evaluation skills. And as we all know - there are tons of tactical exercises , endgames studies, etc. But when it comes to exercises for positional evaluation - ...
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program to output features in a position

is there a program available that will take a position as input and output the features in that position such as: bad knight on H3, good bishop on g2, knight outpost on E5, passed pawn on c6, etc. It ...
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Ways to evaluate a position?

I was wondering if the only way to evaluate a position is by looking for next moves like a chess engine does. Is it possible with only a static evaluation of the board to get a correct evaluation ...
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What is chess style?

People talk about chess stylet. Obviously, some players such as Tal or Shirazi sought out highly tactical positions but is there anything more to it than that? The only alternative to being a ...
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Good master games for learning how to win from a superior position

I have recently managed to build up my opening repertoire to something that will no longer cause me to fall into lost positions against decent players, so I can no longer blame my losses upon bad ...
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How could I have improved my attack in this game?

I won the game easily because my opponent left a rook hanging in the end. I believe I missed opportunities to build a stronger attack, but I am not sure how I could have done so. [FEN ""] 1.d4 e5 2....
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How to improve positional play while keeping the initiative?

I consider myself an advanced beginner in the 1400-1500 range. I play for fun, like to do tactics and I try to understand instead of memorizing openings and such. I've been analyzing some grandmaster ...
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How to remember Silman's imbalances?

I can never remember Silman's imbalances when it comes time for a tournament ... any help? I can remember them any other time when I'm not all stressed out... Thanks in advance!