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ordinary_man 152 ( +1 | -1 )
The Initiative It seems I have recently begun to truly understand and appreciate 'the intitiative.' I have been analyzing my games over the past year as a way to improve, and usually I see all the tactical oversights, positonal blunders and gross mistakes which decide the game. But lately as my level of play has improved and my knowledge of opening theory with it, I have come to notice at which point in the game white loses the intitiative, or black having siezed the initiative makes a subtle mistake giving it back to white. Sometimes there is nothing that can be done to hold onto the initiative if your opponent is playing at a high level, no matter what you do your dynamic play will be exhausted and the initiative will either be gone or your opponent will begin his own series of dynamic, forcing moves.

Has anyone else noticed when a game suddenly seems to be controlled by one side, and you feel that you are losing even if materially and positonally you are not bad off? Or what about when you are materially up and in a good, confident position but you start to get lazy at calculations and suddenly you find that your opponent has organized his forces for a dynamic attack and you find yourself defending an inferior position and even giving back material to this dynamic play!

The best written thought on this subject that I have found is in John Watson's "Secret's of Modern Chess Strategy." Chapter 12: The Intitiative Dance: Some Musings.

All comments welcome.
brobishkin 40 ( +1 | -1 )
The Initiative... When you have the initiative, you call the shots and the opponent must take the role of the defender... But the initiative can be based on either dynamic or static factors... Can you tell me the diference between these two factors...

By the way... It scares me when someone who has played 5 games can pass up my rating like it's nothing... But internet ratings aren't all that important anyways... They cant make you money...

ordinary_man 43 ( +1 | -1 )
bro... I believe that quote is from a Silman book, good stuff.

I am not sure wether to take your other comment as a compliment or an insult. Oh well, ratings don't matter anyway, right? I would be happy to play a game with you, but currently I am not able to challenge because I have maxed out on games...gladly accept any challenges from higher rated players such as you.

peace- ordinary_man
brobishkin 54 ( +1 | -1 )
Hmmm... "Gladly accept challanges from higher rated players such as you?"... Maybe you didnt get my last statement...

I have played 131 game so far and have won 74 and lost 40 with 17 draws and I'm currently at 1840... Your rating is at 1879 (higher than mine already) with only 2 wins 2 losses and 1 draw... Do you think something is fishy here?...

My comment was just a comment... Not an insult... The initiative is just another imbalance in the game in which your opponent reacts to your move... Its nothing complicated...

ordinary_man 176 ( +1 | -1 )
excerpt from John Watson's- "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy." Chapter 1:The Initiative Dance

{Modern chess writers have made the point that there are various kinds of initiative. The one which appeals best to our 'arithmetical' understanding is when one side is attacking, and in a step-by-step fashion, that initiative is finally converted into a combination. Suetin calls this kind of initiative 'gradually ripening'. But Romanovsky makes the point that "the initiative will quite often bear a temporary character: it either runs dry or is intercepted by the oppossing side." Now by the initiative 'running dry', we can presume he means that one side's activity and threats cease without the other's taking over. But how typical is this situation? It seems to me that the reality is more like Tal's comments in the last chapter about Black equalizing, i.e., that when black 'equalizes', he is usually better. Or as Reti says about the attack: "once it is repulsed, the counterattack is usually decisive." Similarly, I feel, the loss of initiative is very often accompanied by its adoption by the other side.}.....

{In particular, if you recall our several discussions of the complex and dynamically-balanced modern openings which characterize top-flight chess, you will recall the remarkable legth of time during which the advantage and initiative seem to swing back and forth. This not only happens in a theoretical sense, but in the minds of our best players, who make this dynamic give-and-take explicit in the notes to their own games, and in post-mortems.}

Maybe a 'simple' idea, but nevertheless a very beautiful and interesting part of chess which makes the game seem almost 'alive' to me. And is why many people feel that Chess is a kind of an art.
philaretus 28 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm afraid... ....that all this talk of 'initiatives' is relevant only for a strong player facing a weaker player. If your opponent is at least equal to you in strength, you don't have time for any of that, it's all about survival. Any attack you yourself make is just in order to keep him busy.
ordinary_man 132 ( +1 | -1 )
Here's an example. White starts the game with the initiative. He makes some aggressive moves and black defends. Black develops his pieces very well and manages to be better off than white after the opening. White is struggling to catch up, black now has the intiative. White forces black to part with the bishop pair. Black doubles white's pawns. Black eventually attacks and wins one of the doubled pawns, but now must scramble to defend his position and material superiority. White now has the initiative, but black is ahead a pawn, white no longer has the bishop pair. White's attack fizzles out, black takes the initiative and starts forcing exchanges. Black is now a clear pawn ahead in a rook and pawn endgame. Black forces white to give up his rook for the queened pawn. Black then forces mate with the rook and king.

So a small advantage in development by black helped him to get the upper hand in the game, he later converted that upper hand into a doubled pawn for his opponent in exchange for the bishop pair. He then converted the doubled pawn into a captured pawn, he then converted the captured pawn into a captured rook, and then converted the captured rook into checkmate!

That is why the Initiative is so important.