Aug 24, 2015, 3:38 AM |

Today, we have an interesting topic to talk about. Normally, the term ‘mechanical’ refers to something that is operated by a machine. Hence, we can also describe it as something that is done automatically.

But how do we relate this term to chess? What do you think of it?


While playing a chess game, there could be a situation where you need not think about what move you should play amongst many others; rather, you’ll just have to play the simple and logical move.

This happens when you think NOT to take any risk and complicate the position – instead, you just want to make things go simply and easily.


This might seem to be a wise choice, but it won’t work every time. Because, naturally, you just need to have a sharp look at the move that seems so easy and obvious, which subsequently makes you play that move. Yet when it seems easy, there could be some troubles or traps set for you.


Secondly, you need not be a coward all the time by not taking any risks and playing the simple move instead. Of course, there are some instances where you need to play the logical move, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about ‘mechanical moves’. :) So, what are they? Let’s take a look at an example:

Kasparov – Karpov


Black to play

White has just played Qg4, attacking the d7-rook. So, what are the different moves Black can play here?

Well, there are a few options:

  • Rd6
  • Rcd8
  • Rdd8

What move, which you think is obvious, would you play here?

To answer this question and to discuss ’mechanical moves’ further, GM Levan Aroshidze to prepare a video lesson for you! :)


Levan has prepared a very instructive video lesson for you – it is called “Mechanical Reactions in Chess”.

You can watch the video lesson below:

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