Purdy’s Protocols

Returning to the subject of thinking protocols a student of mine pointed out that in Chess Made Easy by Purdy and Koshnitsky, there’s a nice section giving five steps. Personally I suspect that this many might get in the way a bit if you try to do enact them consciously on every move. But methodical individuals might find these very useful:
  1. What are the opponent’s threats? Or objects? The threats must be known but, before parrying them, see if they can be ignored.
  2. Have I a sound combination?
  3. If not, what should be my aims?
  4. Before playing any move, consider: will this allow my opponent a sound combination?
  5. During your opponent’s turn to move: make a reconnaissance, eyeing quickly all the squares each unit on the chessboard commands. How safe are the Kings? And other Pieces? What Pawns are weak? What squares?
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Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: