A natural intuition can be very helpful during
the course of a chess game. Not only will it make you a superior
blitz (speed) player, but it will also help you to spot more readily
the appropriate candidate moves in a longer tournament game.
matter how many books you read about developing a plan in a chess
game, the author will always point out the importance of candidate
moves. When your opponent makes a move, you are faced with what
can sometimes be a very difficult decision. While moves are relatively
easy to find when they lead to forced mate or are part of some
deep opening theory that you have learned, they can be much more
difficult to spot in a positional middlegame situation.
are moves that are likely to be beneficial for your position.
It is these, and only these, that the player must then assess
and calculate. After all, you wouldn't want to analyze variations
of every legal move! So, how do we find such candidates?
best way is by instinct. It is the most time-efficient and, with
much practice, is often correct. How do you develop this intuition?
some of the methods that chess journalists teach, this instinct
can only come with experience. It is for this reason that I encourage
all of my students and readers to play in as many tournaments
as possible. If you lead a very busy life, however, it is even
helpful to play through as many games as you can. Games can be
found at a number of databases online as well as in computer software
such as ChessBase 8.0.
Once you've developed this instinct,
you will surely notice an improvement in your tournament results.
White to mate in two moves.
Link to solution at the bottom.
Farago, I. - Barcza, G.