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From tactical to positional

Jul 17, 2008, 1:02 PM 3

When I first started playing chess about a year ago, I was very tactical.  My success was based on nice attacks on the opponent's king.  Some of the attacks were unsound, but I kept working at it.  My tactical vision improved to well beyond my rating, but I was positionally suspect.  The first book that I got on positional chess was the amateur's mind, a wonderful book.  I could tell that my knowledge was growing and I became more fascinated about ideas instead of whipping up a nice attack to win material or to mate.  My first clue that I was turning positional was when I bought a book on the Grunfeld.  No matter how many games I played through it, I absolutely HATED it!  The reason is because the opening simply did not have a solid base and I did not like those kind of positions.  My transitions have certainly been evident in my Black opening repertoire.  I play the Rubinstein French and the QGD and have good results.  I do tend to get a lot more draws, but I get a lot of chances too.  As you can see from my other blog post on transitioning from e4 to d4, I did become a fan of solid structures and rowed to safer harbors.  When I play a simul against Akobian this weekend, I plan to use the QGD.  This should get me to familiar and solid territory and I think that I have a chance since it is a simul.  Anyways, I really stress the importance of positional play as it becomes apparent that you will never advance unless you learn it.

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