I am glad to present you the new lesson. This issue’s topic is:
"The most powerful Ideas in Chess”
Here we will talk about “What are the most powerful ideas in chess?” and “What works best in chess?”.-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=->
However, first I’d like to discuss another question. What does a man do in a critical situation? He/she makes the SIMPLEST and the most AUTOMATIZED action. If someone has no automatized actions for such situations – he usually freezes with fear and does nothing at all (or panics).
Why do I ask you about critical situations? It is because chess is a critical situation also. You have to make a decision in only a few minutes (sometimes in only a few seconds) and you are under constant psychological pressure (you are getting nervous about the result of a game etc).
So what do you need to have for a successful chess game? Again, you need some SIMPLE rules and you need to train them and to AUTOMATIZE them.
I’ll give you another analogy. Masters of martial arts train 5 actions 1000 times (and NOT the other way round!).
Many chess players prefer to collect many different rules about chess (especially puzzling complex ideas). Such players purchase hundreds (sometimes thousands) of different educational chess materials. They study all this stuff, copy out the rules to an exercise-book (computer) and so on. Thus they “practise 1000 ideas 5 times”.-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=->
Ok, I know that you want to know many recondite ideas anyway :) No problem, I have plenty of them. I do not want to make this issue endless, therefore, let’s choose only 1 topic. Let’s say “a defense”. Here are some rules for you:
Let’s stop here. It seems like even one topic can be endless. :)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now I’d like to give you a task. It is a very useful task, so I strongly recommend that you perform it.
1) Print the rules about defense (see above).
2) Play a game against a computer.
It is better to set an attacking style for a computer (many programs have this option). When computer starts attacking you – look at the printed rules and find the best move in your game.
3) Remember the result of this game and your impressions. You may e-mail me your impressions (I’ll be glad to receive them).-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=->
GM Igor Smirnov