17703 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Do you prefer playing offensive, or defensive and why?
I prefer winning
Depends what my opponent is doing :) If we're both attacking it makes me nervous. I'd actually rather defend and prove his attack was wrong in some way (if possible).
However if one of us is the attacker and one of us the defender, I'd rather be attacking. I choose this because a botched attack is more forgiving than a botched defense I'd say
thanks waffle master. arctor, plz leave this forum
could you explain?
I too am more positional , but out of the two I would say defensive.
what is positional?
Positional is where , instead of going straight for an attack or a defence , you slowly build up a better position and " strangulate" your opponent by leaving him with no good options. Great positional players are Anatoly Karpov and Jose Capablanca.
so kind of like attacking and defnding at the same time?
I would say more defensive as you improve your own position , rather than attack your opponents.
It completely depends on the board.
I would say I am offensive, but there are times when the best form of attack is to defend certain squares and pieces before you have the opponent where you want.
My most crucial form of play is more to do with wanting control of as much of the board as I can handle. Aggressive/defensive play have their roles for this goal.
Control the board, control the outcome. Usualy this requires some sacrifices and most I would say consider this offensive play.
Some people say I'm offensive, but then they aren't talking about chess...
I also agree that there's no universal choice of "attacking" or "defending".
You play the position that's at the board. If your opponent has a weakness - attack that weakness. If he doesn't, don't attack - there's no target, and you would waste moves or material; try to first create a weakness, or wait for one to appear. If you have a weakness, try to make sure your opponent won't be able to exploit it, or that exploiting it will cost him/her something else. If you have no weakness - try not to allow one.
Instead of choosing between an "attacking" or "defending" style, try to develop your ability to assess the position. If, while looking at a random chess position, you are able to say "White stands better", "Neither side can win", "Black can attack White's castle because it's weak", or something like that, you're half way towards choosing your style of play in that position, hence in all positions.
Develop your positional evaluation skills. They will tell you how to approach the position.
Here's an article from IM Jeremy Silman that can give you a possible approach to positional evaluation and its influence over game planning and move choice:
thank you for all your advice and suggestions
Arctor's comment was the best and most accurate so far. The ultimate goal in chess is to win by checkmating the oponents king, and you often don't get to choose between attack and defense if you want to reach that goal. In some positions, preffering to attack/defend is the equivalent of preffering to lose rather than win or draw.
You're also a fool if you think you can completely control discussion in this forum, even if it's your own thread.
well, the topic wasn't whether you prefer to win or lose, becuase that's just stupid. the topic was what your playing style is, and why you like to play that way
of course you can choose whether you want to attack or defend! it just depends on the position as elona said. you can choose the positions, and everything is your opinion.
Outcome of de la Maza's Seven Circles Program
by yureesystem a few minutes ago
THE MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS BAN RULE
by sleniovingis a few minutes ago
by shaun a few minutes ago
The most unknown chess opening of all
by Sqod a few minutes ago
Game Analysis for March 25, 2015
by ponz111 a few minutes ago
Draws are not declared by Chess.com
by omnipaul 5 minutes ago
The most underrated openings
by Optimissed 7 minutes ago
Don't Cry At My Table...Go Elsewhere
by Zigwurst 9 minutes ago
Kids on chess.com
by Chessattackman 9 minutes ago
3/27/2015 - A.W.Fox vs Bauer, 1901
by Curiouscat999 13 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!