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What is meant by the term "positional" chess? What exactly is it and, if possible, can people provide an example of it? I thought ALL chess was positional. lol.
But when I read chess bios I often see people called "positional" players (I've seen GM Karpov called this, for example).
TVM for the help.
A positional move is when when you play something to improve the static nature of your position. This means improving pawn structure, setting outposts for your knight, overprotecting a pawn, grabbing space, etc.
What zBorris said. Tactics are for when you see a concrete combinational way to come out ahead, whereas strategy is using a series of non-tactical moves to generally improve your position and options for tactics.
Make no mistake about it: All "positional" masters know their tactics too. They are just generally not known for playing speculative sacs or aggressive risky openings.
I thought it was all about how one sat (or stood) at the board.
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