Why Grandmasters are Grandmasters?
Why are Grandmasters stronger than most of the other players in Chess?
Well, there are a lot of reasons that make a player strong and one of them is surely Pattern-Recognition. In this article, we will be discussing this important aspect of Chess improvement and I will also give you 3 tips on how you can apply this in your Chess training in order to improve your play.
Whenever you look at a Chess position, some moves will automatically pop-up in your mind.
These moves are usually referred to like the moves suggested by our intuition. The more refined and strong a player’s intuition, the higher will be the strength of the moves suggested by his intuition.
But how does the intuition gets stronger?
These patterns can be roughly categorized into the following:-
Let me show you how pattern recognition exactly works through the examples of my own play
I have grown up studying the games of classical players and I am sure it has helped me a lot in my Chess career. I would like to show you a game of Aron Nimzowitsch where he employed a nice knight manoeuvre.
Now, let us see how I was able to use a similar manoeuvre in my own game.
Honestly, during the game, I had did not consciously remember the game of Nimzowitsch. All I knew was that I had seen this knight manoeuvre somewhere and it felt so natural to me. It is more important to remember such important patterns than to remember the names of the players, etc.
Now let me show you a more complicated example
Find the best move for white!
I am sure you must have selected your move by now. But before showing you the solution to the above position let us first revisit the gem by GM Nigel Short
I am sure you have enjoyed the gem by Nigel! The KING WALK
Now let us get back to the game between Hillarp Persson vs. Laurusas which we had given a try.
I am sure most of you had difficulties finding the correct move in the first instance but after seeing the instructive king walk by GM Nigel Short it was easier to guess the correct move and think in that direction which many of us would not have even considered at first.
So, how were you able to guess such a complicated move? Well, the answer is that you saw a pattern (the king walk to h6) and got a chance to apply it in a similar situation immediately!
But when you actually study and remember important patterns it might be months before you get a chance to apply it and this is where memory plays a huge part in Chess.
I hope you found this article on Pattern-Recognition helpful. Do let me know in the comments what you liked in this article and what are the tips that you will apply in your training starting today!!
Here is the video explanation of Pattern-Recognition on our youtube channel!
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