Checklist for Candidate Moves
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.