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Threats in Chess Pt. 2

I wasn’t planning on making this a series of posts on threats, but I feel I’m on to something. My chess has improved since I have restructured my thought process to incorporate threat analysis .

Threat Based Evaluation Process

1. What are my opponent’s threats?
    a. Is there a mate threat?
    b. Is there a threat of material loss?
    c. Is there a tactical threat?
    d. Is there a positional threat?

2. Do I have any threats I can execute?
    a. Is there a mate threat?
    b. Is there a threat of material loss?
    c. Is there a tactical threat?
    d. Is there a positional threat?

3. Based on my threat analysis I need to compare both my threats versus my opponent’s and come up with a plan based on:
    a. ignoring opponent’s threat
    b. creating a counter threat
    c. stopping opponent’s threat

4. If neither I or my opponent have any threats, then I proceed to a positional evaluation of the position which can be based on either Silman’s imbalances or Karpov's method.

[The evaluation method for sub 1800 players  might be simplified to focus on piece activity and harmony...but I need to look into this further.]

Threats in Chess Pt. 1

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    BWater

    Nice summary

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