"When You Really Want to Play a Move, But it Doesn't Work; Play it Anyways!"
The title of this blog is a Russian (chess) proverb that has always stuck with me. The stronger the player, the more likely they are getting THEIR ideas onto the chessboard.
You've probably heard that the quickest way to chess improvement is through the study of tactics. To this a few of my students have said, "well I'm a positional player, so I don't think studying tactics wouldn't help my chess much". There are a few problems with this statement to come to mind:
- Some positions are going to call for you to play aggressively. When your opponent plays too recklessly, you need to have the ability to attack their King and make them pay for their indiscretion! If you want to be a strong player, you need to have the ability to attack, defend, or play positionally; depending on what the position on the board is calling for you to do.
- There are going to be times when you want to play a move but it looks like it wont work. This is when tactics can justify your positional moves. When you are playing moves where tactics and strategy (positional chess) are intersecting, you know that you truly are becoming a serious chess player!
Let's go over some situations where you'd like to play a strategic/positional move and you need tactics to justify the move.
Justify The Move That You Really Want to Play
How can White use tactics to justify the move he wants to play?