Play like a human, not like an engine!

May 25, 2016, 4:00 PM |

Using chess engines a lot in chess training, to try to improve in chess, can have a few bad side effects.

Chess engines basically only calculate, and do not play with long term "strategical" plans.

Human beings do not have to calculate everything, because experience in certain chess positions (By training, studying, playing, analysing) can lead to very quick evaluations and plans.

It is also much easier to learn to play "simple chess" rather than only focus on improving your calculation skills, or let a chess engine make you believe that calculating is everything.

Here's an example where a chess engine might have played very different, while in this game I was just busy with one, simple thing :

Keeping the white queenside "locked" and undeveloped.