12069 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!
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.
Why is it taking so long to find an opponent now?
by notmtwain a few minutes ago
Gun control thread
by BasterdSonOfTal a few minutes ago
by RybkaShredder a few minutes ago
Time Control Changes?
by Pawnm0wer 2 minutes ago
What if a girl became World Chess Champion?
by batgirl 2 minutes ago
How good do you have to be to play the Sicilian
by soothsayer8 4 minutes ago
Which Chess Job Would You Enjoy the Most?
by batgirl 7 minutes ago
Ruth Haring: 'Girls are bad at chess'
by Indubioproaggredi 15 minutes ago
a query about kga
by Hadron 16 minutes ago
Ratings Are Deceiving
by AcidBadger 25 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 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!