Chess prevention

Warning! Evil is upon you in every chess game. It is borne out by the power your opponent’s men possess and use to inflict it on your King and his troops. If you, the Strategist, are not up to the challenge, if you are not fighting these forces of evil in time, your position may quickly disintegrate, ruining your entire game in no time.

To be able to successfully resist the evil, you need to get inside the opponent’s head to reveal his real intentions. Once uncovered, you must cleanse the seeds of evil before they spout. In fact, you should be sort of a prophet, one foreseeing future events. This is the best way to prevent the negative coming your way. Be alert and shun the dangers of evil on the board as soon as you may recognize them. Stay away from their corroding effects produced by their protagonist – the guy sitting across from you!

The Three Witches from Macbeth play upon his ambition like puppeteers

Macbeth chooses evil as the way to fulfill his ambition for power. The Three Witches, symbolizing bravery, ambition and self-doubt, also shown above, struggle for mastery of players during a chess game, as they do of the Scottish lord throughout Shakespeare’s play; they lurk like dark thoughts and unconscious temptations to evil, weaving the fabric of our (chess) lives and then cutting the threads to end them.

In one word, we call it Prevention. And remember, it is the highest law of (chess) strategy, or any conflict for that matter, as devised by Sun Tzu some 2500 years ago. Nimzovich also claimed that the famous Steinitz’ Laws of Strategy were subordinate to the Prophylaxis.

But don’t be fooled by thinking that chess prophylaxis is associated with cautious, defensive style of play. Even in positions where your attack may be in full swing, you may want to make a single preventive move to nip his counterplay in the bud, once and for all (usually, it’s the shortest route to victory in such situations).

Nimzovich has shown some great examples of prevention in his books. Here are some more I’ve prepared for you today. They might be helpful to sharpen your sense of warding off the chess evil.

1) In the first example, Black just played e6-e5. His intentions were easy to see, he wanted to make a central push d5-d4. How could White possibly neutralize the threat?

2) Black played 17…Rac8. Can you see Black’s plan and how to prevent it?
Look at the position after 21.Ne3 as well. At that point, Black himself had to put restraint on White’s plans.

3) In the last example Qf1-f2 was White’s last move. Why did he do that? In all conflict situations we can adequately react only if we saw through the opponent’s intentions. So what is White up to? Once we possibly figured it out, the move search might begin.


Kill unwanted weeds before they get started and keep them away all chess season long!

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