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Teenage tactics.

THERE is a lot of debate in chess circles about the relative merits of a tactical versus a strategical approach to the game. Some would describe it as a trappy versus a more deep thoughtful method.

At the highest level Tal, Kasparov and Carlsen are viewed as brilliant exponents of the former and Capablanca and Petrosian chas mpions of the latter. It is widely agreed that younger chess players play a more tactical game and more senior players opt for a more strategic game. And there is probably some truth in this view.

The advent of substantial analysis using powerful computers has unearthed a lot of new tactical ideas in positions once considered fairly benign.

At a local level this development has led to changes in the way the league games are played. In the late 70's and 80's players might start with 90 minutes each on their clockswith a requirement to play at least 36 moves each. When the time control was reached the person to play had to write down their next move, put it into an envelope, and seal it.

The players would then re-convene at a later date to play a second session, starting from the last recorded position plus the sealed move.

This prevented a player having the advantage of maybe spending a week working out their next move. Nowadays, the use of more sophisticated clocks enables an alternative option to be used. At the start each player gets , say, 75 minutes on the clock plus an extra 10 seconds increment , which is added automatically , after every move he plays.

This has removed the need for second sessions which otherwise may have been decided by who had the better computer. In this area there has been a significant upturn in the number of younger players in the league. And this is more obvious because of how good so many of them are. There follows three positions from County Championship games to illustrate this. In every case their opponents were good quality players.


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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2017
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