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Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess

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The first chapter of Axel Smith's Pump Up Your Rating is named No Pawn Lever, No Plan, and he hit the bull's eye with that title. Plans come out of pawn structure and are usually about implementing on …
answered Feb 2 by RemcoGerlich
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Black castling long in the Sicilian is a rare thing indeed. I can think of a few reasons: Black castling long is very rare in chess in general, only a few slow going openings (Caro-Kann, Scandinavia …
answered Jan 7 '13 by RemcoGerlich
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Some points: White's "bad" bishop is already locked behind their pawns, your move doesn't change that, it's a feature of the opening white is playing. Long term white could go for Bc1-d2-e1-h4, or pl …
answered Feb 7 by RemcoGerlich
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Trading for the sake of trading is bound to be in your opponent's favour more often than not. Generally speaking, recapturing often activates the piece that can capture back. Consider two rooks on an …
answered Feb 12 '15 by RemcoGerlich
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It's about the d5 square. Black's first move, ...c5, meant that the c-pawn could never cover d5 again. Then white got a semi-open d-file, and from then on, if black plays ...e6 to cover d5 then it m …
answered Jan 7 '13 by RemcoGerlich
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the development of chess strategy. First people thought one thing, then that got refined, then someone wrote a book claiming the opposite... That's interesting to read, but there are lots of reasons …
answered Jul 7 '13 by RemcoGerlich
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Remember that your pawns can never move backwards! Every pawn move you make creates squares that you can never cover with that pawn again. If you play 1.a2-a3, then the square b3 is weakened because t …
answered Jan 28 '13 by RemcoGerlich
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All the normal rules of chess strategy must be completely void. Consider some of the most important ones: Material advantage helps to win. Mainly because with more material it's easier to queen a … , or be blocked by a trillion of them. And so on, and so on. I think a study of the strategy of infinite chess would have to start with an analysis of which basic mates are possible (queen, rook …
answered Mar 29 '13 by RemcoGerlich
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I can think of three mistakes that a lot of class players who think they're working on their chess make: They read chess books. In particular they buy lots of them and then skim them, or study / t …
answered Mar 20 '17 by RemcoGerlich