Checklist for Candidate Moves

Mar 28, 2015, 4:34 AM |

I keep making silly errors and falling into tactics because I rush into moves and don't think adequately about what the opponent is setting up.

I've tried to set up a checklist for myself that I go through before I make each and every move in hopes that it will teach me better thinking habits. Also, having a list I consciously go through will force me to just slow down and take my time.

So far, here is my checklist:



-Think about WHY they made their move.

-Think about WHAT that move changed.

  • What is their plan?

-Pins, Checks, Threats, Captures.

-Find candidate moves:

  • What is your plan?
  • What moves follow logical principles?
  • What moves grow your imbalances?
  • What moves hurt their imbalances?

-ALWAYS view candidate moves on Analysis Board to more clearly visualize the resulting position.

Do you have a checklist you go through? What does it look like?