The Chess Wanderer

"Les pions sont l´âme du jeu" Francois-André Philidor, 1749

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


Wow, another post. I've been busy posting these past couple of weeks. I guess I've had a lot to say lately. I decided to write this post after some reflection on my progress last night.

In the last couple of months I've noticed two developments in my games. First, my candidate move intuition is starting to show. It's not necessarily the best moves but I'm less prone to being overwhelmed by a whole bunch of bad moves. Now I just cocentrate on a few moves that "pop" up. I suspect this has to do with the few hundred master games I've reviewed so far. When I'm looking for candidate moves I have always looked at the checks and captures, but now I'm starting to add on certain moves that I think I've seen in other games. d4 and f4 break moves are two examples. This has helped me to use my analysis time more efficiently, even though I may not be picking the "best" candidate moves in the positions yet.

I've also noticed that my candidate move selection process is getting better. Once I have my list of candidate moves I start to weed out the bad ones through analysis. In the beginning I would often weed out a move, or narrow the list of moves, because of a certain danger level (like a mate threat on a certain square), but then forget about it and make the move that allows the threat. I don't know what this is called but it is frustrating when it happens. I notice this happens a lot less frequently now. Almost as if my position recall or memory is getting stronger. It's tough for me to explain but this is how I feel currently. I'm not sure if this is due to having played more stadard games or something else.


At 5/04/2006 6:17 PM, Blogger Mate in Three said...

a-c and f-h pawn moves were hard for me to look at as positive moves in the late middle game - I focused so much on 'not weakening my pawn structure' that eventually my opponent would gain all the space, leaving me in a cramped position.

I also have found that I am now more likely to look at 'break' moves such as d4 and f4.

I've noticed that a lot of Knights tend to follow a fairly similar pattern of progression. Interesting...

At 5/15/2006 11:09 AM, Blogger Pawnsensei said...

I agree with you Mate in Three. All the beginner books tell you "Leave your pawns in front of your King at home!" or "f pawn weakness, f pawn weakness, f pawn weakness." Kind of hard to change the mindset after that programming.



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