December 5, 2018
Tips4Chess gives you hints on the right personal approaches and attitudes to solve chess problems and combinations.
Here are some important bullet points that will contribute to your chess approach and enhance your personal skills to become a better chess player.
Never Move the Pieces!
When you are trying to solve a chess combination or a chess puzzle for training purpose, it is highly crucial to stick to the initial position of the chess problem and try to start always calculating possible lines by taking reference this position.
It is very common to see amateur players moving chess pieces while they are analysing or trying to solve a chess combination, however this attitude needs to be completely avoided as moving pieces has several downsides.
First of all if you are involved in a group analysis or chess training, moving pieces on the reference chessboard will disturb other players concentration and also by moving a pieces on the board, you may get yourself into the wrong direction rather than solving the problem which means that you might be putting your effort and energy on a completely wrong variation.
Many people consider that moving pieces will give them advantage or a bonus to guess the next move easily however this approach is completely wrong as the best example could be given from chess tournament practice where chess players are always obliged to move the pieces they touch!
So the big point behind not moving the chess pieces while analysing positions is that you should make sure that the solution you propose is entirely analysed and concluded by you and also make sure that you will be able to discuss all possible variations and sidelines once you propose a move or solution of a chess problem on the chessboard.
Moving a chess pieces means that a players has analysed all possibilities and feels confident about taking decisions and what make a chess player good is that the concept of calculating variations to the extend possible and searching for better options through all possible alternatives!
The right and the most appropriate attitude for a chess player is not to propose a move at all if he or she haven’t found a concrete solution to a chess problem, puzzle, combination etc.
The most crucial activity for a chess player is to remain silent during the thinking process where the players main task is to focus on the chess position with high level concentration and focus.
To be able to perform the thinking process in the most efficient way, a chess player needs to create a silent space rather than speaking out the moves. Chess is very well known to be the game of calculation and this is a game where the thinking process should never be interrupted by other factors, tasks or activities.
In other words, external factors such as voice, sound, talking to other people, dealing with other activities needs to be minimised to get the best efficiency from the thinking process. if you have ambitions to be successful in long term we would recommend you to create the most convenient atmosphere for you while training chess and solving chess puzzles which is simply to analyse silently in a peaceful atmosphere where distraction factors are minimised.
Never Interrupt Analysis of Your Colleagues!
Never forget that chess is a game of intellectuals and this requires players to demonstrate the right attitude while sharing opinions and discussing ideas.
We should be aware of the fact that every players has their own ideas and understanding of the game of chess and naturally there will be differences in the ideas and opinions and managing this process is also one important skills that needs to be learned and improved by all chess players regardless of their level.
The best example could be, if you are making analysis in a team of players or a group analysis, you should always respect the one showing his or her analysis opinions and ideas and letting them to complete their variation as interruption will cause multiple discussions and distracts others from focusing on the main topic.
Therefore showing respect, remaining silent and following up your colleagues analysis, ideas and variations will only help you to learn more and improve your chess and also will enhance your ability and skills to talk and explain your ideas.
Never forget that there will always be a turn where you will be declaring opinion of yours!
Start Calculation with Forced Variations First!
The right approach to start analysing a chess problem is to focus on the forced variations first. The idea behind analysing forced variations is that it will put limitations and restrictions on your opponents number of choices. For human beings, it is quite natural to start variations with limited options and alternatives where we will be able to perform calculations much more effectively.
It is very common to observe that many tough chess problems consist of non-forcing moves in other words, the trickiest part for a chess player is to offer your opponent variety of possibilities as this will force you to calculate too many variations and many chess players intuitively ignore the most flexible moves initially when they analyse a chess position as they are less concrete and there is more risk and room for miscalculations.
Different from humans, the computers will calculate every single possibility or move that exists on the chess board, however, as human beings we have to use our intuition to spend our energy and time more efficiently on particular choices.
In the case of solving a chess problem, it is therefore highly recommended to first look on the forced lines and if that doesn’t work we will have to expand our analysis on other candidate moves one by one unless we are convinced about the outcome.
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