75 ( +1 | -1 ) Learning strategyI was wandering if anybody knows any good ways to learn strategic, positional chess. I tend to win most of my games coming from what feels like a poor position but my tactical skills often make me win the important exchanges and therefore the match, However I feel that when I play against better players they will take advantage of there superior positions. Unlike books devoted to tactics, most of the books ive read on positional play have been too long winded to hold my attention but it is an aspect of my game I really must improve. So if anybody knows any ways to learn this without boring myself to death I would love to hear them.
51 ( +1 | -1 ) In some ways, positional chess *is* boring, at least compared to spectacular mating attacks. Refusing to learn it for that reason is sort of like refusing to study grammar when learning a foreign language: it's a necessary foundation that you ignore at your own risk.
Still, some books are more interesting than others. I can recommend Jeremy Silman's "How to Reassess Your Chess" as a very approachable book that still covers the important stuff.
22 ( +1 | -1 ) GM chess is very strategicI would advise playing over GM games who use your favorite openings. Make one move at a time and analyze why each move was played. If you can find some well anotated games that is a bonus.
37 ( +1 | -1 ) Suba's bookDynamic chess strategy. It's a few years old, so some lines may be out of date, but as a learning tool it should be still be very effective. The one that I used at the time and found very helpful in understanding chess startegy was Karpov and Mazukevitchi's book on middle game, it is quite elaborate and there are some pretty decent weapons hidden amongst it's pages.