In chess, what distinguishes a grandmaster from an international master?
It’s his awareness of position and ability to craft an appropriate plan for ANY move, in ANY situation, at ANY moment. The process is delicate and covert, taking place mostly on the inside rather than on the outer. When you see a Grandmaster commentate on a chess game, he appears to be spewing some “common sense” concepts. However, this is not the case.
Every prospective move that the grandmaster considers is frequently subjected to a number of difficult strategic selection criteria. Only those who check ALL (or at least the majority) of the boxes are eligible. By the way, what are these boxes? Continue reading.
- Give me some space
First and foremost, each move must allow you to control more and more area for your side while restricting your opponent’s. Why is there a need for extra space?
It allows your pieces to move around freely without being crowded in one area of the board. Putting the pieces on active squares… and controlling important squares with several pieces and pawns… is the greatest strategy to control more board real estate.
- I enjoy it when it’s quick and furious…
The question emerges from the first point: “why is it so crucial for the pieces to be able to move around?”
Because in chess, time is of the importance. The more quickly you can mobilize your soldiers, the more destructive your attacks will be. Or, to put it another way, the more adept you are at creating beneficial imbalances, as Jeremy Silman puts it.
- Those four squares belong to me
Any positioning strategy’s “heart” is central control. For example, whether you’re a knight or a bishop, central control allows you to affect the most squares. If you put them in a corner, they will nearly always be out of play. How can the four squares (d4, e4, d5, and e5) be controlled? Use your pawns wisely!
- I’m sorry, but I don’t have anything for you
Preempt opponent plans before they develop is the fundamental rule of chess. Look around the board to see where your opponent’s assaults are likely to fall. Is it along the a-file or on the flanks? Is it close your king on the h7 square? What would you do if you were on the other team’s side? You must put a stop to it as soon as you notice it.
- The color complex of pawns
Getting your pawns to control the proper color complex is a crucial aspect of establishing the right chess strategy. Ideally, your small pieces and pawns should not compete for the same colored squares; you want your units to be able to move about in unoccupied squares. Is it time to do your homework? Begin by understanding the pawn structure and piece development concepts for your preferred opening.
6. Which do you prefer: bishops or knights?
Whether you want to maintain your knights or bishops on the board should be determined by your chess strategy. In most circumstances, a bishop pair is the best option. They have an edge in the endgames and make it easier to mate the opposing king. However, this is not always the case. With knights in closed positions, you’d be better off. What is the best way to choose? Try to “feel” which piece will provide you with the best play and maintain that piece while exchanging the other.
- Is it more important for the monarch to be safe or to be active?
Normally, you would prioritize the protection of your king in the opening. Once the queens have been traded, attempt to move your king (slowly!) to a more active square where it will be safe and contribute to your plan. Remember Petrosian’s renowned king’s walk?
Study the game over and again, attempting to grasp the underlying logic of the king’s moves.
- What are your strategies? There are none
Every action you do is aimed at gaining an advantage or launching an attack… In the case of your opponent, the opposite is true. That means not giving your opponent an advantage and halting any attack he may be planning. So, when choosing your candidate movements, besides knowing chess openings for beginners make sure none of them provide your opponent any tactical advantages. If it does, it should provide you an even better chance in return.
- If you’re not out, you’re not in!
Is there anything in your opponent’s camp that hasn’t been developed? That indicates he has less stuff to work with than you have. So, what do you do now?
Try to take advantage of it by launching an early attack or limiting the piece’s growth. If necessary, you can even give up a pawn or a piece. The more resources you have at your disposal, though, the more initiative you will develop.
- May there be peace and harmony in the world
Last but not least, every move you make should improve the general flow of the game… as though it were a clear, unclogged river Your play should seem like a musical composition as it moves from one plot to the next, with a lovely ending. What’s the secret?
When compared to the rest, here is where the grandmasters excel! Every action they take serves a purpose, and none of them is in vain. It takes a long time to perfect, but once you do, the world will pay to see you play.