Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Starting Out

The book begins with a short look at the Steinitz-Lasker ideas of defense. Lasker championed in his books the ideas which Steinitz developed.

You've heard them all before I'm sure but I find it helpful to be reminded of things I think I know.

PreSteinitz Chess was the battle of attackers if you were a better attacker you by all rights you should win.

Steinitz is considered to be the father of modern positional play.

He pointed out that
* Defense as well as Attack is important
* That there is a time when one should Attack and a times when one shouldn't.
* There are places on the board where one should Attack and places one shouldn't.
* It is one's Obligation to Attack when the time is right or else the advantage will slip away.
* Which ever part of the board the attacker has the advantage should be where he should attack.
* pawn weakness of the opponent, control of open lines and outpost squares are important
* the fight for positional advantage first not the kingside attack
*The Accumulation of Small Advantages is the basis for positional play.

Lasker promoted two big ideas based on Steinitz ideas.

1) The Principle of Economy - whoever is under attack must make concessions to defend himself but must make the smallest concession possible. Not an ounce more.

2) Strengthening the line of least resistance - the ideal situation is where all lines of resistance are equally strong with no weak link in the chain. Strengthen weak areas first. Be careful of Pawn Moves!


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