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

KW explains Bent Larsen's
8-Point Method for Assessing Moves

[August 16th-22nd 2011]


Bent Larsen's 8-Point Method
for Assessing Moves

  1. What type of pawn structure is it?

  2. What is good and what is bad about my position?

  3. Which pieces do I want to exchange, and which do I want to keep?

  4. Which side of the board should I play on?

  5. What is my dream position?

  6. What does my opponent want to do?

  7. Can I take a step in the right direction?

  8. Which moves are worth taking a look at?


4. Which side of the board should I play on?
Your opponent's weakest spot should be attacked, but also you should play on the side of the board where you have the most pieces to use.

(KW, August 16th) As noted above when doing the Point Count, White is strongest on the Kingside, Black on the Queenside. We have more pieces available for a Kingside attack. We should play there.

(GW) On Page 6 Ken explains Bent Larsen's fifth point: 5. What is my dream position?.



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