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A lot of people ask me to improve their chess strategy, but is that the key to winning? What you need are both strategy (big picture) and tactics (small picture). Since everything keeps changing on the board and it is a long way to go to become a master chess player, tactics usually rule the day. When two possible tactical choices will give you equal results, then you look to which position you would prefer the pieces to be in that might result in a long-term gain. For example, pawns can never move backward. What will happen if my pawn is in that space later? Yes, I am another step closer to crossing the board and awarding myself a great piece at the other end, but am I leaving my king exposed to attack? (That consideration is an example of strategic thinking).   A great example of tactical play is use of the fork. Each player only gets one turn at a time. Yet there are multiple potential moves you can make, and you can use this knowledge to multiply the power of... read more

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