Piece Coordination, An Art

Every chess player, at some time in his career, might have been given advised that you should coordinate all your pieces with each other in order to play good game.

In one of his books Artur Yusupov states that it is very important to develop all the pieces quickly. He also explained that it is also necessary to be able to coordinate them well. The pieces have to mutually support and complement one another. In the ideal case they should work as a single unit.”

But how can we coordinate? Is there any kind of general rules (like opening principles)? I also read some other author’s book but did not find the answer of my question anywhere. In fact it doesn’t exist. It is basically an art and not a science. Anyone can develop the same skills with the help of studying expert’s games, their own natural talent and imagination.

When it comes to piece coordination, I am greatly impressed by Paul Morphy. Whilst studying Morphy’s game and recent Grandmaster games, I get the feeling that modern Grandmaster’s are playing a somewhat artificial game whilst the older GMs were artists and true chess lovers.

Here is one:


In life or in chess there are some paths on which only you have to walk.

Ashvin Chauhan