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Winning search strategy for intermediate level

Jan 15, 2014
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Is it difficult for you solving exercises without a theme classification? You don't know where you need to look.

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

BD_2_29_0.pngDiagram #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:

2.Kf1 Bxb7

pieces on the same row 1 - The pin 1-0

BD_2_29_1.pngDiagram #2


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

BD_2_29_2.pngDiagram #3

2... Ke8 3.cxd4

pieces with a defending job - removing the guard 1-0

BD_2_29_3.pngDiagram #4


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)


BD_2_29_4.pngDiagram #5

( 2.h4)

2... Bh6 3.Bxe7

little mobility - trapped pieces 1-0

BD_2_29_5.pngDiagram #6


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 +- )

2.Bxh4 +-

pieces on the same row 2 - discovered attack 0-1

BD_2_29_6.pngDiagram #7


The white king and rook are at the same row, this makes them vulnerable for a discovered attack.

2.Ke2 Rxh1


After reading this blog you are well prepared for your next game. Let me know if this search strategy benefits you!

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utopia65_play 10:09 - 17 Jan 2014
Merci pour ces précieuses indications !!!
tnickb 15:23 - 7 Feb 2019
I like communyti,s only i dont have one :(

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