GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #9:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

KW explains his 2-Point Principle
for Assessing Moves

[August 7th-18th 2011]

Ken Wilsdon's 2-Point Principle
for Assessing Moves (Continued ...)

(KW, August 7th) One principle I have always used in games, that I read somewhere, that made a lot of sense, was to:

  1. On your opponent's move, concentrate on strategy, i.e. look at the point count, strengths and weaknesses on both sides, and think of where you want your pieces ideally;

  2. On your move, concentrate on tactics.

    1. Ask what did your opponent threaten or accomplish with the last move.

    2. Then concentrate on every check and capture you can make, and follow the lines for a couple of moves (this is how Tal played - he was a master at sacrifice).

    3. Following that, concentrate on what your opponent can do in the future to improve his position, and what you can do now before he does it to prevent his moves (Petrosian was a master at defending, and virtually stiffling his opponent's chances).

(KW, August 18th) So here is a game between Tal and Petrosian, a Pirc Defense:

(KW) Everything is pretty standard up to this point. Now Tal begins the attack.

7. d5 Nb8 8. Re1 e5 9. dxe6

(KW) Now note how Tal developed two threats, Bxh6 (with Queen supporting) and attacking with e5.

(KW) Petrosian above defends with an exchange, and the exchanges continue below.

(KW) Now Tal sets up the kill beginning on move 19:

(KW) And now a Knight sacrifice sets off the final volley against one of the great defensive players of all time:

(KW) Now comes a Rook Sacrifice and a final mating attack:

(KW) A great finish by one of the greatest attacking players of all time.

(GW) On Page 4 Ken relays a anecdote, "frequently quoted from Tal's autobiography", which he found on Wikipedia.

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