Hi Guys

In this blog my main motive would would be to explain the real meaning of positional play.I would be showing you many examples of positional play.

So If you would be wondering why I am discussing on this topic the reason is my friend asked me that why was he not able to improve his chess even though he was doing sufficient amount of puzzles everyday.

I told him that the main reason that he was not able to improve his positional play.

So What is Positional Play ?

We can say that Positional play is the way of improving ones position and creating weaknesses in our opponents position or in simple words having more superior position than your opponent.

In which way it would help us winning the game ?

So you must have seen in many games that once your position is much superior than your opponent you began to search for tactics in the position.There we can say that good positions lead to  tactics.

There fore we can say that positional advantage or good position will always lead to Emerging Tactics.

What should we do to improve our positional play then ? 

𝟙.𝔸𝕝𝕨𝕒𝕪𝕤 𝕥𝕣𝕪 𝕥𝕠 𝕔𝕠𝕟𝕥𝕣𝕠𝕝 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕔𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕣𝕖 ( 𝕖𝟜,𝕕𝟜,𝕕𝟝,𝕖𝟝)

When we control the centre of the board this enables us to create pressure on our opponent mainly because of his badly placed pieces.

Suggestion: Try not to exchange your central pawns and take the advantage of them.

𝟚.𝕆𝕦𝕥𝕡𝕠𝕤𝕥𝕤 𝕠𝕣 𝕦𝕥𝕚𝕝𝕚𝕫𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕠𝕡𝕡𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕤 𝕨𝕖𝕒𝕜 𝕤𝕢𝕦𝕒𝕣𝕖𝕤.

Outposts are one of the most essential things in chess.

Many of you would wonder what are outpost so let me tell you outpost are are those square on  fourth, fifth, sixth, or seventh rank and are protected by pawn and these are very much vulnerable square for a side to win.

𝟛.ℙ𝕒𝕨𝕟 𝕊𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕔𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖

Truly Said by the great chess magician Philidor.

Pawn Structures matter a lot.

Isolated pawns,Weak Pawns,Hanging pawns or Backward pawns are a real disgracement one should always think twice before moving a pawn because once a pawn is moved it cannot move back.

A example of a backward pawn- f6  pawn.

In this position whose pawn structure is good white or black?
Off course White pawn structure is better.
How to prevent bad pawn structure then?
We should always think twice before moving pawn moves or exchanging pawns.

𝟜.𝔼𝕩𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕓𝕒𝕕 𝕡𝕚𝕖𝕔𝕖𝕤 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕠𝕡𝕡𝕠𝕟𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕤 𝕘𝕠𝕠𝕕 𝕡𝕚𝕖𝕔𝕖𝕤.

This is one of the most important rule.

Lets look at the game of one of the most best positional players - Akiba Rubeinstein.

 12...Be5 Brilliancy by Rubinstein.

This was one of the finest examples of exchanging a bad piece.

𝟝.ℙ𝕣𝕠𝕡𝕙𝕪𝕝𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕔 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘.

Prophylaxis | Chess Middlegames - YouTube

In Prophylaxis you think and assume what your opponent is going to do and then prevent his/her idea.

It is one of the most important element of chess psychology.

One of the most common Prophylactic ideas are

Preventing  Knight or  Bishop(mostly bishop) to pin or attack our pieces.

One more common prophylactic idea is:

Stopping Backranked mate.

A good example of prophylacti thinking

This was a clear example of prophylactic thinking.

My main suggestion to those all people who want to improve their positional chess.Try learning from the games of these Positional Chess Legends

  • Vladimir Kramnik
  • Akiba Rubinstein
  • Anatoly Karpov(Python Method)
  • Boris Gelfand.