Positional Chess: Think carefully and make sure your moves improve your position
Positional chess is the key to a good game. Positional awareness will help you lay the foundations to success. The interaction between the pawns and pieces. Their respective roles in the middlegame
You're going to hear lots about centralization, center control, open files, half-open files, outposts, pawn structure, passed pawns, isolated pawns, doubled pawns, dynamic strengths, static advantages and lots more besides. For now dip your toe in the waters of positional strategy.
Before learning about the technical elements of positional chess you should start thinking along positional lines. Let's make an instinctive reflex, when casting your eye on a position, to identify at will the lay of the land. We want certain things to stand out to you immediately.
Positional Chess: As you build your long-term strategic plan you can achieve secondary goals along the way
How should you approach the game? Play a positional game, sure. But even as you are playing for overall dominance right through the game, this will be done with specific goals in mind.
You'll be trying to win battles in order to turn the course of the war in your favor. Sometimes it will be a struggle for control of a central square. Or you could be trying to win an isolated pawn. You might be trying to force a breakthrough to invade the enemy camp.
You may find that you engage in a series of short term objectives that contribute to assuming a winning position. Identifying these stepping stones to victory, as part of a broader game plan can be thought of as thinking and acting schematically.
Positional Chess: Does your Bishop and Knight trump his Rook and two pawns? How good are you with material imbalances?
As you become aware of the positional elements of a position such as pawn chains, vulnerable points or overworked pieces for example, you will find that the position will govern your course of action.
Improving at chess is simply getting better at reading the position. Recognizing the various positional elements, seeing the red flags as soon as they pop up and acting accordingly.
When your opponent plays a move that hurts his position you will see it immediately and pounce. Positional errors make you prone to tactical shots. This is when you lose material or even find yourself getting checkmated.
Positional Chess: Can you hide your real intentions and spring a surprise tactical combination
We can talk about positional strategy until the cows come home but you need real world examples
. Good development in the opening and harmony between the pieces in the middlegame is your goal.
You don't have to reinvent the wheel. All modern opening theory is designed not just with opening goals like development and King safety in mind. Each opening also has the approach to the middlegame in mind. Entire plans and strategies built in.Positional awareness is important
but the complete chess player has other strings to his or her bow. The icing on the positional cake. Time to improve your tactics