Are you tired of making those long calculations witch never really worked? I guess you are looking for some tips to find some good moves quickly. If your answer is yes then we are here to help you, so make sure you read this till the end because this is going to be helpful for you.
I am sure most of you feel that chess is a very complicated game as it involves so much of thinking. You are already trying to find so many answers during the game like what is my opponent thinking? What is the best move I can play? Am I calculating correctly? Should I attack? Should I defend? Different strategies, tactics, ideas, and etc so many questions you have but hold on are those right questions to ask? Well, that is what we are going to focus on here.
So today we are going share with you some simple 5 step thinking process and I can guarantee that if you follow that systematic approach of thinking, you can easily take your game to the next level. So what are those 5 steps? It is the popular SWOT analysis and one extra step with that. If you don't know SWOT analysis stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
There are always going to be some strengths and weaknesses behind each move but your objective should be gathering as much info possible and you can use that as a basis for deciding your moves. Don't do too much calculation or think too far ahead, your focus should be the move in your hand and that's it. If you have that basic information it becomes so much easier for you to decide should you play the move or not.
When you are playing a specific piece move first you have to know its way of movement. Like when you playing a pawn that moves straight ahead but can only attack an angle, one square at a time or a knight’s move is L-shaped. or the bishop moves at an angle but can move more than one square at a time.
How could you evaluate the move and what should be the question you should ask yourself. When it is about your move two basic things you have to think. What are the strengths of this move and what are the potential weaknesses of this move. Analyze the strength first what happened if you play the move. After that look at the potential weaknesses. When we talk about weaknesses you need to compare and evaluate.
Let's go a step further, now we will talk about how to analyze your opponent's moves and that is where we need to discuss opportunities and threats. Just like we did earlier we need to think in the same way but for this time for opponent's moves.
First of all, you have to check are there any immediate threats opponents had against us. Now look for any opportunities during that we need to find the weaknesses of the played move like has he left behind any gap of this position. Just compare and evaluate again.
Many players make a big mistake in such a position when any of their pieces is being attacked they immediately start thinking about defending it. They don't analyze any further and that's a problem. You need to stick to the same process.
That is the extra step we are talking about. Always look for opportunities even when there was an immediate threat, it’s all about positive thinking, before reacting to anything ask yourself is it necessary to react to this. That lesson will help you not only in a chess game also it will help you in your life.
By following this structured process of thinking you will never miss out on any opportunities in any game, that' is the power of this approach.
It might look like we are spending too much time in every move but actually, if you start doing it constantly it will become a habit and won't be confused anymore. Most importantly, you won't make any blunders and that will be a big improvement.