How to Attack on the Right Side

After my latest post on how to play better in the opening, I decided to make yet another training video on choosing the right side of the board to attack on, which is often a decision that is closely related to the opening stage and the main plans and ideas that we need to know and understand after completing our piece development.

Questions like how to choose the right area of the board to attack on, how do we manage our pieces there and prepare them for a successful attack, as well as how do we pick up the best circumstances for launching our attack causing the most damage to our opponent’s position are ones that have no definitive answers. We shall learn to make the right decisions by following certain positional patterns and assessing the correct set of features of the position at hand, in order to arrive at the right decision. 

In this instructive video I would like to present to you today I talk about how we make these decisions and what our thought process should be like. I have illustrated the process of selecting the correct area of the board for our middlegame attack with a master game by Mikhail Tal, which is a vivid example of how the art of attacking begins with precise position evaluation and understanding of what our goals are, where we are heading for and what advantages in our position matter the most.



  • 3 years ago


    Great video!

  • 3 years ago


    This is a great game to go over because there are so many other possible variations for both sides. One thing to notice is that the white knight on c3 sits out of the action for so long. I tried 25 Nd5, but ...Qd7 is a good answer to that. White has to simplify into a better but not crushing endgame.

    However, 26 Nd5! is devastating. After ...Bxd5 27. Qxd5, black is almost in zugzwang. White can follow up with Re6 and then all sorts of threats arise, including h4, Qf5, etc.

  • 3 years ago


    Your videos are always clear and instructive.

  • 3 years ago


    Yes, thanks.

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks for the interesting video! 

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