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After finding a good move, ask the question, " Is there a better one?".
Don't forget to mention what is the space left behind? Often when our opponents move they leave behind squares which we can use to nestle our own pieces on.
#1 - Did my opponent's last move threaten mate in 1?
#2 - What is the most appropriate way to panic?
#2 - Will sacrificing my queen do any good here? -- The thinking is that by far the best way to come out of a game looking really, really cool is to somehow win as a result of having sacrificed your queen unexpectedly. All other factors take a back seat to this.
#3 - Can I even remotely justify sacrificing something else? Sure, it looks bad on the surface, but can I claim in the post-mortem that it was "speculative," or "positional," or "that I thought it would allow me some sort of abstract compensation in the form of karma?" -- If you ain't saccing, you ain't trying.
#4 - Did I turn the iron off?
#5 - (Assuming there is nothing to sacrifice) - What little pawn move can I make way over to one side or the other that won't totally lose it for me right away, that I can later claim was a "high class waiting move?" -- The thinking here is that every time I make a move that doesn't lose the game for me outright, there's a chance my opponent will make one that does so for him.
#6 - If none of the above moves are available, can I perform any of those arcane chess moves that are only known to semi-experts, like "castling," or "en passant," or "j'adoube?"
#7 - No, seriously, did I turn off the iron?
#8 - Once defeat appears inevitable, what sort of excuse can I make that will be at once so believable that my opponent will have no doubt as to its sincerity, yet so pathetic that he might let me win out of pity? ("Now that I see your Knight forking my King and Queen that way, I regret playing at all when I should really be at home with my dying dog. I wish I had never put Windex in his bowl...")
#9 - Where will the best happy hour be after the game is over, and did I bring any cash, or will I have to mooch?
Master these, and the tournament hall is yours, my son.
Thanks for the laugh - that was hilarious!
I look for mate in three.
Okay, seriously. I view each move as a new puzzle that needs to be solved. After considering space, time, king safety - what did my opponent's last move accomplish - is it time for me to improve my position or am I at the point where position consideration ceases and tactics begin.
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