Upgrade to Chess.com Premium!

Playing style


  • 2 years ago · Quote · #1

    rating2853

    Do you prefer playing offensive, or defensive and why?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #2

    Arctor

    I prefer winning

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #3

    waffllemaster

    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 Wink

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #4

    rating2853

    thanks waffle master. arctor, plz leave this forum

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #5

    rating2853

    anymore comments?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #6

    rating2853

    suggestions?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #7

    rating2853

    could you explain?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #8

    StevenBailey13

    I too am more positional , but out of the two I would say defensive.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #9

    rating2853

    what is positional?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #10

    StevenBailey13

    rating2853 wrote:

    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.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #11

    rating2853

    so kind of like attacking and defnding at the same time?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #12

    StevenBailey13

    rating2853 wrote:

    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.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #13

    rating2853

    cool. thanks

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #14

    Elona

    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.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #15

    catnapper

    Some people say I'm offensive, but then they aren't talking about chess...

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #16

    GIex

    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:

    http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-evaluate-a-position

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #17

    rating2853

    thank you for all your advice and suggestions

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #18

    browni3141

    rating2853 wrote:

    thanks waffle master. arctor, plz leave this forum


    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.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #19

    rating2853

    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

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #20

    rating2853

    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.


     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.


Back to Top

Post your reply: