Decision Making Process : Define The Problem

Earlier I wrote article on ‘The Decision Making Process – Management and Chess’ where first step of the process is to ‘define a problem’. I will try to elaborate the same in depth with some common issues.

– Which Side Of The Board Should you play?

There are many factors to be considered in choosing a side to play. Some of them are as follows:

1. Play towards the side to which your pawn chain points at if the pawn chain is pointing towards the king side, so you should be playing on the king side. The reason for saying this is, you stand better on that side due to a space advantage and have better scope for creating a piece majority on that side.

2. In case of opposite side castling, you need to attack the opponent’s majesty with pawns storm. Though you may be able to find some interesting games where both players have pushed their pawns on side where they had castled. In chess you always find exceptions to rules!! You can enhance your attacking skills for these positions (Castling on opposite wings) by studying games of chess genius. Here is the master piece of Alekhine against Marshall

– Should You Attack Or Defend?

I am not addressing this issue to experts. It is a common problem for club players and amateurs, which can be cured by gaining chess knowledge. Here are some factors which you can consider while deciding
-Space Advantage
-Pieces Majority on wings
-Pawn Structure etc etc

– Are My Pieces Coordinated Well?

Sometimes you may feel that you are not able to find anything on the board, in which case it can be time to improve piece placements. Here is a good illustrative example of Anand’s game.

Ashvin Chauhan