by NM Alexander King & IM Danny Rensch
This course is a break from the move-to-move tactics that we've been covering so far with the Beginner level courses. Now we're going to cover STRATEGY - the long-term structural considerations that reveal the depth and inner logic of chess! To clearly define strategy in chess: Strategy is any move that doesn't create the clear threat of a tactic or capture of an enemy piece. Strategy is every maneuver, minor improvement of a piece to a better square, and every long term plan developed in a game. On that note, strategy is closely linked to planning, so we will also talk a lot about PLANNING in this course, and why it is so important to never make moves without a plan.