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Improve by learning piece placements and plans by pawn structure

Improve by learning piece placements and plans by pawn structure

Apr 9, 2013, 12:20 PM 4

Dear friends it was with a wry smile that I noted in the article, Improve your play with just one single principle, which cited that we should learn endgame principles, that a contributor noted that at beginner and intermediate level most games are decided before the endgame ensues, generally in the middle game, usually due to a tactical oversight or a positional mistake.  It therefore seems expedient that the greatest single method for improvement for beginners and intermediate players should be to understand openings and middle game plans rather than learning how to mate with a bishop and knight, or what the Philador position is, never to actually reach it in an endgame.  To this end I produced the following video with the hope that it lends itself to real understanding in chess and is essentially practical, not merely theoretical knowledge which may or may not come in useful.  Of course endgame knowledge is essential, it teaches us harmony with the pieces, techniques which we can apply and its always useful to see the pieces in isolation, but if we are lost in the middle game, playing plan-less chess, our thoughts wandering with no strategic or positional conceptual awareness, then not only will we play erratically, but we shall be depriving ourselves of the joy of real understanding.  The following classic game was used to illustrate that we play with regard to the pawn structure, deriving plans and ideas from its inherent dynamics.

Please note that in the above video there is no learning variations, no memorising opening lines and no playing for cheapo tricks and traps, simply playing with understanding.

Once again I thank you for taking the time and if you like the video, please subscribe or if you have any questions, please feel free to ask, kind regards Robbie.

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