Forming a Strategy

Sep 16, 2010, 11:14 AM |

I seem to be having a hard time coming up with a good strategy for attacking the king, or anything really. I seem to do OK at these checkmate problems, but it's like I have no idea how to get to the initial position of such problems in the first place. In other words I feel like I'm making progress when it comes to tactics, but not when it comes to strategy.

I also find that I try to attack with too few pieces at once. At least I'm not just trying to attack with one single piece, but I have a hard time figuring out how many pieces I need to attack with in order to come out ahead after exchanging pieces. I guess maybe I need to play with the analysis board more in order to help me to avoid missing things, or try out some scenarios to see what might happen. Maybe I just need to focus more on trying to figure out what I'd do in my opponent's position.

I'm also noticing that playing on a real chessboard seems to be significantly different than playing on the computer. I'm not sure if this is because of the difference between 2D and 3D representation, but it must be something visual-related because I seem to be missing things on a real chessboard that I wouldn't miss on a 2D computer board.