Everyone wants to learn about chess strategy. Players believe that if they learn more about this magic thing called “strategy” they’ll win every single game. But what chess strategy really is? Is it attack or defense, style of playing or evaluation of positions, set of rules or tactics? No, my friend I’m not trying to confuse you, just to show that chess strategy covers all of the above to some extent.
Wikipedia defines chess strategy as evaluation of chess positions and setting up goals and long-term tactics for future play.
Strategy must also involve tactics, because if there is no tactics behind the chess strategy it becomes pointless. It’s like planning to walk a dog this morning if you don’t have one.
Chess player usually starts out the game with opening, as white or via transposition as black, taking into account future strategy of play. For example if player aims for minority attack he plays Queen’s Gambit Declined, for opposite side castles and pawn attacks – Sicilian Dragon, for play in the center – Petroff or Spanish.
To develop strategy player must evaluate position on the chess board. When evaluating, player must take into account following:
Here are a few example of a good chess strategy:
Further readings involving chess strategy and tactics: