How to increase positional chess knowledge?
Secrets of Positional Chess Training – 1
For those of you who have not read my article – An excellent positional sacrifice. I strongly recommend you to read it before proceeding further.
Harvesting the positional weaknesses present in the opponent’s position requires deep strategic understanding. This strategic understanding comprises an awareness of positional factors (such as effective peace placements, quality of pawn structure and safety of the king), and generation of ideas or plans to make use of these factors.
Foundation of positional chess training
Here, the first step is to build a base of understanding. That is where the coach comes in and where a good coach can be identified. The base of understanding has to be built from the basics. Starting with King and pawn endings, rook endings, minor piece endings, queen endings, and then the meet of the middle game, which comprises of mobility, activity, and strength of the pieces. Winning configurations and thematic attacks are what an aspiring player needs to be given. I am referring to a player who has mastered the basic tactical motifs like pin, skewer, fork etc. and at this stage he is akin to a aspiring chef who has just learnt the magic of making a tasty recipe and his true test would come when he is able to juggle with the resources present in the refrigerator that too with a sudden unexpected onset of guests to his home.
Here confidence also plays a vital role in bridging the gap between rote-knowledge and skill-knowledge. The trick here is to convert rote-knowledge into skill-knowledge by constant practical applications.
Merely knowing how to bake a cake doesn’t make one a good baker. Doing it properly when time demands makes one an expert and doing it consistently properly makes one a GM.
In later articles I will be expanding on many techniques to accentuate this bridging of knowledge. So I request you to follow me on regular basis.
Pillars of positional chess training
The next step is to build familiarity by constant revision and repetition of information. This is the most hallowed part of chess training regimen.
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It is here where many people stumble, fall or stop altogether. Some players skip this entire process due to wrong assumptions and false guidance. I cannot stress enough the importance of this revision process and there are many ways it can be done. For example, take the case of tabiya’s, when we first learn a new plan of attacking the castled king we tend to look at a few model games. The trick is not only about remembering this plan but also being able to execute when favorable configurations arises on the board. And doing so also requires a confidence which needs to be built slowly over time.
Ready for the test drive?
The final stage is executing a move taking into consideration the above discussed factors under test conditions such as time pressure situations or high-stake scenario. This is the true test of actual understanding that gets locked into the subconscious mind and is available for us to access it anytime. Obviously, the initial routine are difficult and tests our dedication. And this is what separates the masters from the amateurs.
Keeping yourself motivated – Separating the wood from the trees!
More to come.. Stay tuned!