Winning search strategy for intermediate level
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When you are playing a game, what are the signals for you to search for a tactic? With the right search strategy you can do the job! You need to learn to find weaknesses in your opponent's positions. What are questions you can ask yourself:
- Are there any goals to attack (king, pieces or squares)
- Are there pieces in the same row?
- Does a piece have a defending job?
- Is there a piece on the board with little mobility?
Let's look at a few examples:
attacking goals - king, pieces or squares 0-1
For a double attack you need to find an unproteced king, pieces or squares. These can be your attacking goals. In the above position you can play:
pieces on the same row 1 - The pin 1-0
Black has two pieces on the same row. The bishop and a king. This gives you the opportunity for an absolute pin!
1... c5 2.c3
2... Ke8 3.cxd4
pieces with a defending job - removing the guard 1-0
A prominent feature of the above position is the job of defending the black bishop. You need to spot the pieces with defending jobs!
1... Bg5 (1... Bxe5 2.Bxe7)
2... Bh6 3.Bxe7
little mobility - trapped pieces 1-0
Little mobility is an important clue to possible material gain. In the above position the black rook is in the danger zone!
1... Rh4 (1... Kf7 2.Kxh3 +- )
pieces on the same row 2 - discovered attack 0-1
The white king and rook are at the same row, this makes them vulnerable for a discovered attack.
After reading this blog you are well prepared for your next game. Let me know if this search strategy benefits you!