Questions tagged [strategy]

Questions relating to reasoning behind a move, plan, or idea

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
21
votes
9answers
10k views

When is castling needed?

I am a rookie in chess. I can't understand why castling is needed. In what scenarios is castling useful?
4
votes
3answers
131 views

How to prepare for a handicap game (queen odds) / strategy?

I made a bet with a non-neglegible stake that I will win a game against a friend without queen. My Elo rating is about 2000-2100, my friend's should be around 1400. Today I played with the black ...
2
votes
6answers
531 views

All-out attack or slow attack

Today I was playing chess against somebody at my internship company. He went all-out attack in the begin and I was only defending. He actually made some mistakes and lost his queen, rook and bishop. I ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

Does this process ever becomes a second nature?

I have started playing "real chess" but the problem is it takes too much time. How will I able to win in small time-controls? Does this process of searching the opponents threats and looking ...
1
vote
1answer
91 views

Chess variant-Is it strategically good?

In this chess variant, the number of moves made both chess players are 1 & 2 alternatively. Here is a showing of it. White Black 1 2 2 1 1 ...
28
votes
16answers
10k views

How to learn chess if you're still a 3-digit rating after a few years

I know how all the pieces move and I've learned about castling and en passant. But all I do is play online against other people and get wrecked because I don't know how to "play." I make moves like ...
5
votes
6answers
620 views

Beginners question: The double pawn

Question: Is there a rule(s) of thumb that every chess player should know about the double pawns?
4
votes
2answers
205 views

Rossolimo 3.Bb5 vs open Sicilian against c5-Nc6 sicilian

Many chess players nowadays recommend the Rossolimo against c5-Nc6 Sicilian: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 However, I find the open sicilian to be easier to play: [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 ...
9
votes
6answers
742 views

When is a queen better than 3 minor pieces (or vice versa)?

Obviously a lot is going to depend on the exact position, but I'm asking if there are any general signposts - e.g. bishops usually get better than knights if the position is open, or in an endgame, ...
2
votes
2answers
115 views

What should be the next move in this position?

[FEN "2r1r1k1/pb5p/1pp1qb2/3p1p2/3Pn1p1/1Q2P1P1/PP2NPBP/2RRB1K1 b - - 0 1"] What is the best move for Black in this position. Everything seems defended here. What method is applicable in such ...
6
votes
2answers
957 views

How to win a rook endgame with two extra pawns-4 vs 2 general plan

In this diagram it's White to move. Black should be winning in this endgame. I want a simple plan on how to move the Black pawns in a way that I will avoid the horizontal and vertical checks from the ...
0
votes
2answers
138 views

Guarding my seventh rank and a king walk assualt

A few weeks ago I won a game as Black on Lichess. [FEN ""] [startply "48"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bd3 c4 4. Be2 e6 5. d4 cxd3 6. Qxd3 Nc6 7. exd5 Qxd5 8. a3 Nf6 9. c4 Qxd3 10. Bxd3 Bc5 11. O-O O-O 12....
4
votes
2answers
977 views

How does b3 prevent e5 here?

[FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp1b1pp/3ppn2/5p2/2PP4/5NP1/PP2PPBP/RNBQ1RK1 w - - 0 1"] White plan is to play b3 and then Ba3 to render the move e5. But how does it prevents e5?
26
votes
4answers
4k views

How can I prevent checkmate in this position?

It is White's turn to move. How can White avoid a checkmate? [FEN "8/1kpP2q1/1p2P1p1/1P3pP1/5p1K/5P2/6P1/R7 w - - 0 1"]
26
votes
11answers
27k views

Is chess a solved game?

Chess is a zero-sum game of limited decisions. The number of possible moves at any given point, and the number of possible states of the board, are all finite. Tic-Tac-Toe, is one of the easiest ...
6
votes
2answers
485 views

How does Black escape perpetual check here?

In this position, what is a clear line in which Black escapes from perpetual check? [FEN "2k5/7p/p1Q3p1/3pP3/1r2qP2/1P4PK/P7/8 b - - 0 1"]
1
vote
1answer
61 views

Why is the evaluation of the move h5 dependent on position of the bishop?

[FEN ""] [startply "50"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. Re1 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 Nc6 13. d5 Nd8 14. a4 Ra7 15. Nf1 g6 16. Bh6 Re8 17....
2
votes
1answer
170 views

Why this move is good here but not few moves ago?

[FEN "r1bq1rk1/p2p2pp/1pn1p3/5p2/1PP1n1P1/P4N2/1BQ1PP1P/R3KB1R b - - 0 1"] Here, 1... fxg4 gives White an advantage. But 1...Nxf2 2.Kxf2 fxg4 is equal. Why is that?
1
vote
0answers
52 views

How do I counter 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5? [duplicate]

I am a new player and a particular move that I have encountered multiple times playing as either black or white is: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 g6 3. Qe5+ Be7 (3... Ne7 4. Qh8+) 4. Qh8+ This was the ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

Why does Black want to trade off her King's Bishop in many d4 lines?

I feel that in many lines starting with d4, such as the Queen's Gambit Declined, or especially the Nimzo-Indian, Black is more than happy to trade her King's Bishop for White's knight on c3. For ...
21
votes
3answers
3k views

Why doesn't Lichess' Stockfish suggest this bishop sacrifice?

I arrived at the following position in an online game after the opponent left a queen hanging. [FEN "r1b2r2/pp1p1ppk/2n1p3/6B1/2P5/5N2/PQ3PPP/R4RK1 w - - 0 16"] In the game, I played 16. Bf6 with ...
5
votes
1answer
73 views

What should my plans be in a Carlsbad pawn structure?

I often find myself in positions with the Carlsbad pawn structure, and I really struggle to come up with a plan. I am usually the one with the pawn chain pointing toward the queenside, so I assume ...
13
votes
13answers
9k views

Is chess a game of skill or chance? To what extent?

I want to know whether chess is a game of skill or game of chance, and how much is the degree of skill or chance in terms of percentage. Edit (21 Feb 2014): Please make sure that your answer ...
15
votes
4answers
950 views

How to reach an open position in the 4 Knights Game without exchanging too much material?

I believe that 4 knights opening is the most popular opening, especially among average players. I play it a lot, that's why I want to analyse it. I'm an average player, so I hope you can help me. ...
8
votes
5answers
2k views

Does 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6 have to be a bad opening?

There seems to be a pretty nifty attack for White after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 3.Nxe5 fxe5 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Qxe5+ Qe7 6.Qxh8 I've played as White with this opening several times, ...
-1
votes
1answer
85 views

Can someone explain the playing style of the great Jose Raul Capablanca?

I have heard that he plays intuitively(maybe based on themes), but can someone give an example? How did he manage to reach such heights despite his laziness for calculations? Doesn't that mean even ...
18
votes
6answers
7k views

Was this “caterpillar” strategy a good way to advance my pawns?

I recently played an online game as Black in which I thought up a silly, but effective, to ay advance my doubled pawns in the endgame. Here is the relevant part of the game. [FEN "8/6p1/2p2kp1/1p1p4/...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Why, in this Capablanca game, was this move considered bad?

Regarding this position: [fen "r2qr1k/pbpn1pbp/1p1p1np1/4p3/1PP5/3P1NP1/PBQNPPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 1"] I have 2 questions: 1)If the game goes 1..c5 2.b5 the engine shows white slightly better but if 1....
6
votes
1answer
452 views

Overprotection Of A Piece

What exactly is the logic behind the concept of “overprotection of a piece”? Wikipedia says that it "...provides greater freedom of movement for the pieces protecting that square." If the protected ...
6
votes
3answers
216 views

Making the best use of a coach?

Currently I pay for lessons, and I surely see value. I've gotten from the low 600s to being able to give USCF 1200s a run for their money. It's not much, but it makes me pretty happy. But I feel ...
20
votes
9answers
9k views

How to minimise your opponent's fun in a game?

I play numerous online chess games and in this question I am self-centred: I play for two purposes: to win the game, or when winning is unlikely, to draw the game. to improve my chess skills, which ...
16
votes
5answers
3k views

How do I promote my pawn when the king blocks it?

I was playing ChessEndGames and ran into this position (white to move): [fen "5k2/8/4PK2/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] I can't get my pawn to promote. As soon as I do e7, black follows with Ke8. If I do Ke5,...
5
votes
1answer
332 views

How to proceed with the book “Pawn Structure Chess” by Andrew Soltis?

Should I memorize everything in the book, or use it in some other way?
8
votes
7answers
1k views

How important is castling? How much is it worth?

Are there some statistical values for the worth of castling? Are there some numbers, for example in centipawn that can represent the value of castling?
3
votes
1answer
159 views

Three Pieces in the Attack

As a kid, my coach, an International Master, was repeating "if you have three pieces or more in the attack you can sacrifice without thinking!" However, don't take this rule too literally! Chess is ...
9
votes
7answers
470 views

How can I prevent games from dragging on?

How can I prevent a game from dragging on, taking 60+ moves to get anywhere near finishing? I mainly encounter this when playing people at or below my level (~1400). This never happens when playing ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

Is there any resource where you can look up a board position and read a number of suggested moves?

Is there any resource where you could just plug in the positions of all the pieces on the board and, for example, see an annotated page where different people or computer-generated bots have analyzed ...
1
vote
2answers
131 views

Human analysis for a KRBNNPP against KRRN ending?

This line of play leads to this position: [White "White"] [Black "Black to move"] [FEN "8/rp4p1/1N1nkb2/3n4/6R1/1R6/8/2K5 b - - 1 38"] StockFish 10+ assures me that Black has a big advantage, but I ...
3
votes
1answer
81 views

Opening preparation

I have observed that I can beat the Lichess computer at level 5 most of the time if I use the computer hint function for the first 13 moves (basically the opening). If I do not so, I end up losing 6 ...
6
votes
3answers
171 views

How to play around outposts?

[Title "The knight on f5"] [FEN "1r1qr1k1/2pb1pp1/2np1n1p/ppb1p3/4P2N/2PP2NP/PPB1QPP1/R1B1K2R b KQ - 5 13"] I recently played a Blitz game that perfectly underlines my biggest weakness: I don't know ...
21
votes
2answers
5k views

What is the Dorfman method in chess?

On various occasions in commentaries or interviews, e.g. during the World Championship commentary with Peter Svidler and Anish Giri, I've heard the Dorfman method being mentioned. I then learned that ...
2
votes
3answers
696 views

How to “bore your opponent to death”?

“The Caro-Kann has often been maligned for being dry and boring, played by those wishing to bore their opponents to death.” – IM (WGM) Jovanka Houska Are there other defenses in which black can bore ...
3
votes
1answer
66 views

Pawn Structure Change in the Pirc - dxe5 or Nxe5?

As black I reached this position in a recent game [White "Somebody"] [Black "Ian Bush"] [Result "*"] [ECO "B07"] [FEN ""] [StartPly "23"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 c6 5.f3 b5 6.a3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 ...
3
votes
1answer
77 views

Game analysis - Understanding the potential of this queenside expansion

From the game Samuel Reshevsky vs Henrique Mecking in the Sousse Interzonal (1967). [fen "r2qnr2/1pnb1pbk/3p2pp/p1pPp3/2P1P2N/PPN1B1PP/3Q1P2/1R2RBK1 w - - 0 1"] 1.Na4 Na6 2. Rec1 Rb8 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qb2 ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Help with the Sicilian Defence - I need to understand those early pawn moves

Why we often see many pawn moves in the Sicilian Defense? I would imagine that this harms the development of the black pieces. For instance, there is this line: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 a6 ...
3
votes
5answers
1k views

Is It Good Or Bad To Trade Too Much?

One aspect of my style in chess is that I like to trade a lot. Is trading too much bad?
4
votes
2answers
257 views

What are strategic elements for a correct piece sacrifice?

I want know which plus elements need to have in general positions for a correct piece sacrifice! Or how do you know that a sacrifice is correct in complicated position?
1
vote
7answers
306 views

What strategic plan, for the White player, needed to implemented in the middlegame?

I played a game yesterday on chess.com with the Pirc Defence. I am kind of weak in the endgame but I was concerned about the middlegame plan. Was my approach the wrong one? Why, and where, did I lose? ...
5
votes
3answers
329 views

Heavy piece endgame with 2 extra pawns-how to convert?

1r6/5pk1/2q1p1pp/3p4/r2P4/2P4P/PPQ2PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1 It's White to move. White is 2 passed pawns up, but Black is very active. I'm sure objectively White is winning, but how? Black will attack ...
5
votes
2answers
281 views

Q+N in attacking K

I've always been told that Q and N are very strong in attacking K. Could someone show me some real GM games where Q+N attack decides the game? (where at the end of the aggression, the attacking side ...

1
2 3 4 5
9