Dont Forget About Prophylaxis

Chess is a game that demands clear, logical thinking. The topic of prophylaxis is probably present in every book of mine, it being usually a question not of prophylactic moves, but of 'prophylactic thinking'. What I understand by prophylactic thinking is the habit of constantly asking yourself what your opponent wants to do, what he would play if it were him to move, and the ability to find a reply to this question and to take account of it in the process of taking a decision. The second part...

Solutions to Exercises

Dvoretsky-Veselovsky (Moscow Team Championship 1967). White's plan is obvious - in some or other order he must develop his queen at a4 and his bishop at a3, place his rook at b6 or b8, and then bring his second rook to the queenside. But what can Black do here For the moment the central advance ,d6-d5 is not dangerous because of the reply Aa3. It would probably be advantageous for him to play JLh3, exchanging the strong bishop at g2. For this reason the natural 17 a4 would be a...

Mysterious Rook Moves

To demand of a piece only direct attacking activity is the stamp of the mere 'wood-shifter'. The keener chess mind quite rightly demands of the pieces that they also undertake preventive action. The prophylactic moves which we encountered in the previous chapter looked fairly simple, and sometimes they even suggested themselves. In a game we nevertheless often overlook them, being unable to tune in to the 'prophylactic wavelength' or correctly assess the opponent's intentions. But certain...