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How to think like a strong player

Strong players have good habits and are very disciplined. When they play a game, every time their opponent makes  a move, they ask the following questions:

What is the threat?

What are the consequences of their opponent’s last move?


A threat could be

Any threat against their king

Trying to get more material

Placing a piece on  a strategic place


Consequences are normally of geometrical nature:


They might intend to open or control a file

They might intend to open or control a diagonal

They might leave something undefended

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