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Choosing the Best Move

Choosing the Best Move

Train yourself to discover the right plans and ideas

  • How to Choose a Move

    There are so many options that it can be hard to figure out what to do. It's helpful to look at forcing options for both sides. That way you'll usually be able to spot important attacking ideas for yourself and your opponent. You'll also want to look at strengths and weaknesses for both sides because that will show you where you should attack or defend.

    • 6 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Making a Plan

    When you don't know what to do, one good idea is to find your worst placed piece and improve it. Once all of your pieces are on good squares, there's more likely be a tactical way to win material.

    • 10 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Positional Play

    Tactics are important, but they're usually available to the person who has the best position already. Focus on activating all of your pieces, controlling the center and safeguarding your king. If you can do all of this, you're likely to have good tactical chances.

    • 7 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Good & Bad Pieces

    Good pieces are active and have a purpose. A bad piece is the opposite. It has limited mobility and doesn't attack anything useful. You want to make your pieces active, and trade off pieces that you can't make good. Also, it's helpful to restrict the opponent's pieces and make them as bad as possible.

    • 6 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Playing a Bad Position

    Bad positions don't have to be losing positions - be tenacious and avoid creating additional weaknesses. Often one weakness isn't enough to cost you the game. Also, try to find active counterplay. Make your opponent defend against your ideas so he or she can't solely focus on attacking your position.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • When You're Losing

    A losing position isn't always lost - keep a positive attitude and look for your chances. Try to make the position complicated and avoid even trades. If you're losing with best play, it's worth it to set traps, even if they're not fully sound.

    • 8 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Winning the Won Game

    When you are in a winning position, it's important to keep in mind what your opponent can do to cause trouble. Watch for counterplay and look for chances to simplify the position into one that you can win easily.

    • 9 min
    • 6 challenges
  • Overcoming Your Emotions

    It's important to stay focused on the chess factors in the position and not get distracted by other thoughts like your tournament standing, or the opponent's rating.

    • 11 min
    • 6 challenges
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