Tactics Are the Servants of Strategy

For example, last night I played a game against a club member whom I have played numerous times. He is very difficult to beat because he rarely makes tactical blunders and he has a good flair for positional play.


We played a King's Indian and rather than face the Bayonet Attack I decided to play the ...exd4 version. I wanted to get a solid position on my own terms rather than to deal with the typical kingside vs queenside motif in the KID.


I had achieved what I felt was a playable position when I got the idea to play ...h6 and ...g5 in order to limit the scope of his dark squared bishop. I knew that doing so would create something of a weakness on f5, but I said Fischer's famous quote to myself..."You gotta give squares to get squares." The problem of course was that I wasn't really getting any squares in return. And my initial goal to lock down the kingside from the dark squared bishop wound up just being superficial.


So I am hoping that if I start working in some positional themes along with the tactical work that I will begin to take that next step towards 1800.


To that end I am trying to decide whether I should read How to Reassess Your Chess by Jeremy Silman or Strategic Play by Mark Dvorestsky.


Here is the game:

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  • 4 jaar geleden


    I am thinking I will read HTRYC because I like the fact that it's written clearly in Silman's easy to follow style. 


    The Dvorestsky book isn't as difficult to follow as most of his stuff, but nevertheless it is not as clear cut as Silman's writing.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    I love the new edition of HTRYC.  Highly recommended.

  • 4 jaar geleden


    Nice blog, I am also rated around 1700, let me know which book you choose and whether you like it :)

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