Chess for Beginners: Power of Prophylaxis!
Identify All Possible CANDIDATE MOVESIf you feel very surprised and confused by your opponent’s moves, you are not paying enough attention to them. By organizing your time during a chess game to become more efficient, you will enable yourself to play more effectively and thus increase results. It is essential to analyze different aspects of your playing style, identify weaknesses, and formulate a plan for targeted improvement. Identifying your candidate moves and all possible responses from your opponent is going to give you the upper hand compared to a player that only focuses on his moves and ignores the opponent. Once you can simultaneously focus on your plans and those of your opponent, you will be able to control the development of the game more – leading to less mistakes and a much more solid foundation to play from. While Tigran Petrosian was certainly the old legend of prophylaxis, in today’s game the #1 player in the world Magnus Carlsen has made a familiar habit of taking away all counterplay from opponents and slowly squeezing them to death via his absolute control of the position.
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