Friday, March 20, 2015

Tactics vs Strategic Question

A common theme learning chess players tend to struggle with, is finding a direct path to improvement. As you may know, there are 2 relatively well known qualities in a chess position, strategic and tactical. Some people claim chess is 90% tactics, yet I tend to agree.

For inexperienced players, missing tactical variations is far more common and game decisive than amongst stronger seasoned players. However, when listening to interviews and analysis gathered amongst experienced and stronger players, the tactics are often pointed out in a very relaxed way. This is of course because seasoned players recognize the tactical elements straightforward.

The bulk of the annotations, and analysis are to scrutinize the positional points that may lend to tactical possibilities. This is because at higher levels of play, strategic blunders have a far greater impact in the grand scheme since the advantageous position leads to more opportunities for tactical combinations.      

This doesn't happen as often amongst newer players because there tends to be a greater disregard for strategical elements. Now under these circumstances, the difference between a strong beginner and a weaker beginner isn't decided by the game of chess as a whole, but only a straightforward sub-portion of the game, one of which most seasoned players have already acquired + extra.

Tactics are much easier to learn since forced moves are straight-forward when you work them out. Strategical elements are not as easily quantified by routine, but more of ingenuity and experience.

Hopefully, this article will help you with making decisions on how to study. Keep practicing and most importantly, have fun :)

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