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How does one gain positional skill?

markyboy1974

#18 ponz111 . Question, how are you on here since 2009 and only showing 9 games in total? That's not even one game a year. Or is this a spare account for talking in the forums

PoggingPoggers

now thats illegal

AunTheKnight
markyboy1974 wrote:

#18 ponz111 . Question, how are you on here since 2009 and only showing 9 games in total? That's not even one game a year. Or is this a spare account for talking in the forums

You can’t have two accounts, so it’s most likely his main.

llama47

Ponz was playing chess before your parents were born, you kids.

llama47
GooseOnDaLoose wrote:

I consider myself a strong-ish tactical player. I tend to be able to identify and utilize tactics when applicable. However, I struggle greatly when it comes to positional problems or positions. I often find myself playing these positions through memory or intuition, rarely through calculation or theory. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some resources, drills, videos etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated

What do you mean by positional?

Some people use it as a synonym for strategy.

Some people say "positional" for any position that doesn't have an obvious tactic.

Some people use it to mean a closed position.

All of these are a little different... anyway, read books and play long games. You don't get it from playing bullet. You don't get it by watching videos.

llama47

The way Kramnik seemed to use the terms suggests...

Tactics are short term forcing (e.g. a fork)
Positional is short term non-forcing (e.g. knight at an outpost or rook on an open file)
Strategy is long term non-forcing (e.g. advancing a pawn majority)

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Using those definitions, I don't know of any books specifically on positional play... maybe Michael Stean's book "Simple Chess" comes close (even though it's billed as a "strategy" book heh).

GooseOnDaLoose
llama47 wrote:
GooseOnDaLoose wrote:

I consider myself a strong-ish tactical player. I tend to be able to identify and utilize tactics when applicable. However, I struggle greatly when it comes to positional problems or positions. I often find myself playing these positions through memory or intuition, rarely through calculation or theory. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some resources, drills, videos etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated

What do you mean by positional?

Some people use it as a synonym for strategy.

Some people say "positional" for any position that doesn't have an obvious tactic.

Some people use it to mean a closed position.

All of these are a little different... anyway, read books and play long games. You don't get it from playing bullet. You don't get it by watching videos.

That’s sound advice. I mean it as a position without an obvious tactic, because I find that I struggle learning move the reasons behind many of my moves, having just played them because they look appealing. I have two position based books, How to reassess your chess (Jeremy Silman) and Better thinking better chess (Joel Benjamin) but some the long lines and variations found in just completely fly over my head. They have both helped me a lot though 

B1ZMARK

Jacob Aagard - Excelling at positional chess (book)