Please all give a warm welcome to our newest Knight Grande Merda.
May his rating be reciprocal to the rainforests!
At this moment I work my way thru "How to reassess your chess" of Jeremy Silman.
The book has a very strange tone. Silman is insulting his readers regularly. Or at least he ridiculizes them. His terminology "Silman Thinking Technique" makes a somewhat silly impression too. Because mental aberration is not uncommon under good (and bad) chessplayers I take that for granted.
There are a lot of good things in the book.
I have read a lot about positional play lately. From Silman, Seirawan, Capablanca, Nimzovitch and Karpov. They tend to give an abundance of idea's and rules. A lot of it is superfluous for players with 5 years or more experience. I mean, if I'm in check, I don't need a checklist to remind me that I have to do something about it. Or that I have to look for tactics.
If I neglect all rendundant information, strategical play boils down to three elements:
In the broadest sense this comprises creating outposts, opening lines, good vs bad vs active bishop etc..
The basic idea behind this is twofold:
Create a safe home for a piece from where it can work.
Create pathways to the enemy camp by opening lines.
Gaining space has as goal to clog up the enemy pieces. J'adoube pointed out that space is only beneficial as long as there are pieces on the board which are denied space.
Basic idea: if you trade off all pieces, is the remaining pawn endgame winning?
Besides promotion pawns can be used for piece mobility- or space-purposes, which is often in conflict with the basic idea of a good pawn endgame.
Further can weak pawns become a target of their own.
I'm going to rebuild all this within the next weeks to "Temposchluckers Silly Man Thinking Technique System"