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chesskid22000 ♡ 27 ( +1 | -1 )
do higher rated opponents think backwards? do higher rated opponents think backwards?
meaning do they think about the endgame before it's reached there? do the think of the end in the opening phase of the game? and can this really be effective?

open to all, please be open and share yuor thoughts!! thank you!! =)
youngglor ♡ 19 ( +1 | -1 )
Well from a quote I read yestereday...all moves are part of a sequence or a plan, not as goals. Therefore, you shouldn't actually have a specific endgame as a goal...

Best regards,
baseline ♡ 23 ( +1 | -1 )
thinking backwards works well with In positions where checkmate is in the air. The classic "Art of Attack in Chess" by Vukovic ISBN 1-85744-400-0 chapter 4 give typtcal mating patterns. You can often work backward from one of these positions to bring one of them about.
mazi ♡ 25 ( +1 | -1 )
backwards ? no ! From the opening phase on I have a plan.All my moves are part of this plan.But very often I must change my plan during a game.My plan is not a fixed plan.My
thougts cruising around the opposite king, how I can mate him...
cairo ♡ 43 ( +1 | -1 )
I often play mastergames backwards so to speak, in order to see from which position they reach that type of endgame.
I find it very useful to understand the basic of the endgames, so I know in the middlegame, what kind of possibilities I can aim for in the endgames.

Understand the endgames and you have the key, to a far better understanding of the whole game.

Best wishes
robertowen1 ♡ 54 ( +1 | -1 )
HMMMMMM I'm not rated particularly highly and if I'm honest ( This is probably a weakness ) am plotting how to crush the opponent in the middle section of the game.

Two things I will always do though.

1. Keep my pawn structure as strong as possible in relation to my opponent so that in an endgame I will be able to promote a passed pawn.

2. Towards the end of the game mobilise the king. It becomes by far the most important attacking piece on the board and a king well placed can overwhelm an opponent even if you're equal.

Straightforward stuff I know but it works for me.

p.s. All challenges welcome.

spurtus ♡ 82 ( +1 | -1 )
Backwards or forwards I think forwards, but when endgame is imminent I can then think backwards. You cant think backwards on move one can you?... and when the game is complex in middlegame it is usually equally hard to think backwards.... I think backwards thinking is mostly applicable to endgame or something big like queen captures etc.

On the matter of searching for positions that have for a specific advantage, I find searching for forcing lines is a great way of looking deeper, but you have to think forward to find forcing lines.

Also, it sounds really hard to think backwards how could somebody do this? Interestingly.... or crazily! Could it be possible to play a game of chess backwards?... starting from a mated position you must play backwards, and its the first person to get his pieces back in the initial position? :)

philaretus ♡ 14 ( +1 | -1 )
"Before the endgame God has placed the middle-game"
(Siegbert Tarrasch, addressing players who worried overmuch about endgame disadvantages).
chesskid22000 ♡ 26 ( +1 | -1 )
thank you thank you for your input!!

this idea only came about because computers can think backward to the endgame to reach a specific position at the present time of the game.if you have any ideas about this or recomendation feel free to add in.
spurtus ♡ 82 ( +1 | -1 )
Backwards chess revisited! This is doing my nut in!

Just been thinking about playing the game backwards from mate to initial position.

Here are the rules...

1) Start with a mate position.
2) The 'winner' starts and must move OUT of check!
3) Either player can create pieces on the board when they move a piece.
4) Impossible pawn structures are illegal, an illegal move forfeits the game.
5) Providing the game with a stalemate where no legal moves are possible will win the game for the stalemated player since a stelmate did not occur.
6) You cannot take any pieces!... only create them for your opponent!
7) The winner should be the first player to get all his/her pieces back into the orignal configuration first with all the opponents pieces on the board.

Is it a possible game?... or nonsense?

mitchst ♡ 126 ( +1 | -1 )
Thinking Backwards I think masters like to think backwards in the sense of envisioning a favorable position or situation and seeing how to get there. For example, if you know you want to create an outpost for your knight but you're opponent has a bishop guarding that square, you would envision a position with the bishop off the board or no longer guarding the square and your knight on the square. Then you see how you can get rid of the bishop and how to maneuver your knight to that square. If you can do this without weakening yourself in other ways or without your opponent to advantageously execute a plan of his/her own, then you make moves that help you achieve that goal. To put it more generally, when you see a potential tactic, material advantage, or positional advantage that could be done if certain pieces were on different squares, see how to maneuver your pieces to those squares and how to entice your opponent to either move his pieces to allow the threat to happen or straddle him with another disadvantage if he refuses to comply. I am NOT advocated cheap one-movers that are easily refuted and you are "hoping" that your opponent will help out. The idea is to only try to arrange the tactic if you have nothing to lose and your opponent has nothing to gain if he or she finds the right defense.
coyotefan ♡ 22 ( +1 | -1 )
I would not call it backwards Better players think ahead more moves than the average player. They anticipate THE BEST moves and try to find advantages. Lower rated players HOPE their opponents blunder.