9 Top Attacking Tips from a Super-Aggressive 2400+ IMHi my fellow chess lovers! I've compiled a list of attacking strategies based on my experience as a “hyper-aggressive” player which helped me achieve International Master. Here's the video, which has full explanations and illustrations: https://youtu.be/iq3S26aOqE8 If you prefer a long read, see the notes below, but I'd still recommend the vid as it's got more detail and great examples (spent a week picking out instructive and exciting ones). Good luck achieving your chess goals! “I used to attack because it was the only thing I knew. Now I attack because I know it works.”―Garry Kasparov EDIT: Woke up to a heads up from mods that I shouldn't be self-promoting on reddit so no links on future posts. Shared my rationales below in the comments and be good to get your thoughts. 1. Attack the weakest square * A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and a defence is only as strong as its weakest square * Identify your opponent’s weakest squares, and attack them instead of charging head on at granite * All pawn chains have a root, which cannot be defended by other pawns – this is a weakness * Look for squares that are hard for the enemy pieces to defend, and easy for you to attack 2. Dark or Light Squares * Weaknesses tend to form on one colour of squares because defending pawn/pieces favour one colour square * Bishops can only ever control dark or light squares * Knights and pawns only control one colour square at a time * Queens on dark squares, control more dark squares and vice versa * Identify which colour square the defence is weakest on, and look to focus the attack on this colour 3. Diversion * In some cases, attacking weaknesses directly is not sufficient as a good defender can manoeuvre their pieces to defend the weakness * Divert the defenders away from the weakness by attacking or even faking an attack on another square * Once the defenders are out of position, attack the weakness swiftly for an easy win 4. Strength in numbers * *Super important, and sounds like common sense but frequently overlooked * The more attackers the better – Mbappe + Neymar are deadly, but Mbappe + Neymar + Messi would be even deadlier * Bring as many pieces into the attack as you can * One extra piece is often the difference between a harmless attack and overpowering the defence for an unstoppable checkmate 5. Build up * Attacks don’t just materialise out of thin air * Pieces need to be assembled, and pawns need to be deployed, ready for the attack * Get your pieces line of vision on the enemy weakness or King * This is often achieved by exchanging pawns to open relevant files or diagonals * Be patient and pick the right timing to pull the trigger and execute the attack, especially as many attacks are all ins * Some positions are more suited to attacks and attacking building ups than others – White generally has plenty of possible attacking setups in positions arising after 1.e4 and 1.d4. As Black, the Sicilian defence 1.e4 c5 and King’s Indian Defence 1.d4 Nf6 are notorious for creating imbalances and attacking chances for Black, as opposed to say the Caro Cann defence 1.e4 c6 which is renowned for being super solid 6. Mating nets * When attacking Look to trap the King in a mating net using your pieces * Cut off the King’s escape route so you’re delivering checkmate, not just check * “Patzer see a check, patzer give a check” is a common saying from chess coaches, where Patzer means weak chess player. For some reason, amateur players love to give check, but this often leads to the King escaping, and a failed attack * Don't mindlessly check unless it achieves something 7. Find the defence, break the defence (thought process) * Find your attacking idea/plan * Find opponent’s defence to attacking idea * Improve your attacking idea/plan so defence no longer works * Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you can no longer find a defence * Congratulations, you just found your unstoppable attack! Especially useful in key positions where the game is on a knife’s edge and the next moves will be decisive – turn this thought process on and calculate as much as possible when you realise sh** is going down! 8. Cash out * Not every successful attack ends in checkmate * An attacking initiative is generally only temporary * Strong players will convert attacks into a longer term positional or material advantage before the initiative fizzles out 9. Tempo * Each move is a tempo, and each tempo is worth its weight in gold * If for each tempo the attacker can add more firepower to the attack than the defender can add to the defence, eventually the defence will crumble * Be efficient and don’t waste tempo – e.g. bring two pieces into the attack with one tempo, and make the defender use tempo on matters that don’t strengthen the defence * Similar to pieces, one extra tempo is often the difference between a fruitless attack and overpowering the defence for an unstoppable checkmate * Ask yourself “To rush or not to rush” * If the opponent’s next tempos are going to make the defence impenetrable, you’ll need to look for the kill switch asap * In other positions, the defence is stuck or already optimised, and the attacker can take time to regroup or execute a slower plan to prepare the fatal blow Bonus: * Not all attacks are on the king. Queenside attacks and minority attacks etc. can also be devastating Doubt many of you will reach the end! But let me know if you did, it will honestly make my day. Please do share your thoughts, upvote and share if useful, and follow/subscribe to the channel for more chess content (just starting out so each and every extra sub is a big motivator!). Would love to hear your suggestions on what content you'd like to see more of. Thanks for reading yfchess! I've also put together a guide on “The TRUE value of each piece” if you're interested: https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/mos5cd/the_true_value_of_each_chess_piece_4_mega_tips/
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