Thursday, August 27, 2009

Karpov - Mazukevich Thought Process

I have started to work through Herman Grooten's Chess Strategy for the Club Player. In it he gives the following thought process the origin of which is a book by Karpov and Mazukevich. Grooten has modified it slightly.


  1. What is the material balance?
  2. Are there any (direct) threats?
  3. How is the safety of both Kings? (# attackers, # defenders, pawns)
  4. Pawn Structure (where are the open lines & diagonals, Are there any strong squares, who is controlling the center, who has more space and where on the board does he have it)
  5. Which pieces are active and which are not? (compare the activity of the same types of pieces)


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