How to evaluate a position at the various stages of the game?

GM GM_Igor_Smirnov
Jan 11, 2017, 11:20 PM |

If we want to better evaluate different positions of the chess game, we would consider a lot of various factors such as development, material and positional advantage, pawn structures, weaknesses, tactics and so on.

Evaluate a chess position


However, in some cases, you might be a pawn up (or have some material advantage) but yet, your opponent has the initiative or better pieces’ coordination or vice versa. Have you ever been in such situations? :)


If so, here is my question to you: how do you evaluate the positions, when the regular factors for the evaluation don’t help?


Remember, if your evaluation of the position is wrong, then you will choose the wrong plan to continue the game and you’ll end up playing the wrong moves. Therefore, the evaluation of the position in a correct way is very important.



That’s exactly what we’ll see today – our guest coach IM Alex Kundin has prepared a very instructive video lesson for you on this topic. In this video, he will teach you how to evaluate the position during of the different stages of the game. You can watch the video lesson below:


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Alex Kundin is an International Master from Israel with a current FIDE rating of 2323.

IM Alex Kundin


He is a former Europe youth champion and an experienced chess coach. He has an extensive knowledge about chess openings


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