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Natural Move

  • Last updated on 7/19/10, 12:45 PM.

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A 'Natural Move' is most often used to refer to a move which accords with basic principles, and is therefore intuitively the kind of move which is appropriate for the given position.

Although a move may look natural, that does not necessarily make it a good move, since every position must be judged on its own merits.

The opposite, an 'unnatural move' is more commonly called a counter-intuitive move.  This is a move which seems to break basic principles and which common sense would suggest is bad. 

Similarly, a counter-intuitive move does not necessarily have to be a bad one.

Computers often find strong counter-intuitive moves that humans struggle to see.  Conversely, humans can play 'natural moves' by using their experience, which computers cannot.

An example of a natural move which turns out to be bad:

Example source: Chessbase

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