Instinct. 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
No 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 a decision. While moves are
easy to find when they lead to forced mate or are part of some
opening theory that you have learned, they can be much more difficult
spot in a positional middlegame situation.
are moves that are likely to be beneficial for your position.
is these, and only these, that the player must then assess and
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
practice, is often correct. How do you develop this intuition?
some of the methods that chess journalists teach, this instinct
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
computer software such as ChessBase 8.0.
developed this instinct, you will surely notice an improvement
your tournament results.
to mate in two moves.
Cadman, C. (2217) - Fernandez,
Manhattan Chess Club, NY 2000