Strong chess-players consistently make purposeful moves that are focused on achieving their objectives.
Objectives serve as pointers that will help you to:
- Make moves with a strong purpose and to
- guide your thinking-process in the right direction.
If you don’t keep your objectives in mind, you will waste a lot of time thinking aimlessly about moves that don’t serve a purpose. On the other hand, when you know what to aim for, you will have the necessary motivation to search for the best way to implement your plans.
The Analytical Thinking System
Summary of the 5 Objectives
- Objective of Material: Win material when you can because the player with more material (pieces) can use the extra force to overpower their opponent.
- Objective of Development: Develop your pieces to their full potential because well-developed pieces have more fire-power than undeveloped pieces.
- Objective of Center-control: Aim to control the centre because most of the action take place in or through the centre.
- Objective of King-safety: Keep your king safe and try to expose your opponent’s king because an exposed king is very vulnerable.
- Objective of Pawn-structure: Keep your pawn-structure strong and try to weaken your opponent’s pawn-structure because the pawn-structure affects the development of the pieces and determines where the weak squares are.
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