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What is your best or favourite strategy in playing chess? I have one I regard as my secret weapon. I wonder if anybody think of the same thing...
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My secret weapon...
I have a secret weapon, too. It's to somehow manage to attack my opponent's king in a way so that he can't escape. But, shhhh, don't let anyone in on my secret, otherwise they might try and avoid it, if I play them.
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How can you have a strategy when you're still making mistakes in the openings? That's why I don't have a best/favorite strategy. :)
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Making mistakes in the openings? If you read my answer in “opening help” thread, you will know my perspective on the opening stage. I studied openings before I quit playing chess long time ago. Now I don’t even remember which one is QI, which one is KI.
I don’t really care of making mistakes in GK, especially in the opening stage where I’m still playing below my established rating (and I’m playing at work, trying hard not to be seen by anyone). I have been assuming that I will still be able to get away with those mistakes in the middle and end game (which has been proven true).
If I failed in the opening by loosing a pawn, bringing the game into a draw with less material is always a challenge to me, like Chessmaster 2000 had managed to do it against me.
After all, chess as well as many other games and sports is always about a challenge to me. I used to play against weak players and they didn’t have an idea how strong I am (as opposite to masters). With weak players (in chess or other sports), I used to position myself in a difficult situation and workout the problem. Otherwise, what is the challenge of playing against weak players?? Sometimes I used such situation to learn something, for example, practicing or improving a backhand smash in tennis.
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Ooops, I thought you were talking about me, novacane... :(
What I mean with strategy here is independent of your skill and rating. What will be a strategy to a weak player may be just nothing to a stronger player, may be because the strategy does not work in games of his level, may be because the strategy should have been a reflex to him
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My favourite strategy
Move the king one square closer to the centre, exchange everything and win pawn endgame :-)
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I have a secret, so secret that I'm not allowed to talk about it.
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Well my main strategy would then be getting to the middlegame without blunders. If my opponent lets me develop pieces in the beginning, I have no problem in the middlegame, in fact, I usually win. However, if the opponent starts attacking early (in the opening stage), I'm bound to lose, because I misplace the pieces, etc. At my skill level winning is not just a matter of having an extra pawn in the endgame.
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I think under-development is your problem. If you have a problem with your opponent starting to attack early (this is a great strategy for novices, where attacking is a lot easier than defending! And less risks!), why not doing the same thing? Try to learn a gambit. By understanding what a gambit is all about you can do the same thing.
The concept behind any gambit is you give away your pieces (pawn) for the sake of quicker advancement. By accepting the gambit, your opponent has lost a tempo to develop his pieces. So your pieces are more ready in a position to attack. Avoid a3/a7/h3/h7 if not necessary. Sometimes you don’t need to know how you will attack the opponent King, just put your pieces in a good position facing toward opponent’s King to give more and more pressure.
If you are in black side and your opponent is doing the strategy on you, don’t forget to exchange the opponent’s pieces (especially the ones with good position/dangerous). With less material, dangerous attack is less likely to occur.
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My favorite secret
which I do not follow all the time is:
Do not under-estimate your opponent.
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Thanks for the tips, I'm going to look into gambit openings a bit closer.
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my Favourite Strategy:)
would be not to loose already in the openingfase.
that's my most weak point, but i'm to lazy to work on it:)
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My first piece of advice is not to listen to me!
My second: In the game we just played you made 4 pawn moves out of your first 6. That allowed me to get behind you and take your pawns one at a time as they couldn't defend themselves and your pieces were stuck at the back. I have never read a chess book. All I know is to develop my pieces as fast as possible and try to minimise pawn moves at the start.
My third: Never swim on a full stomach.
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For now it's fast development and kingside attack. I'll have to be more subtle in the future though. I like opposite-side castling and pawn storms too mostly as white.
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In this case,
the Pawn moves are not bad because they control the center. d4, c4, e4, and d5 after ...c5 is a perfectly normal procedure. However, 3. e3 is questionable since it clearly loses a tempo when playing e3-e4, why not play 3. e4? Black also ceded a tempo with 4... Bf5, since the bishop has to move after e3-e4, but aside from 3. e3 the pawn moves are a fairly standard procedure.
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is very good actually
what famous chess player of antiquity utilized this approach in most of his games?