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  1. Standard member hunterknox
    Hopeless romantic
    09 Aug '08 21:51
    I usually play for tactics but will occassionally set out to play a purely prophylactic game, or as close as I can muster. This got me to thinking: assuming you could play equally well either way, which would be the best strategy for blitz - playing like Karpov or playing like Tal?
  2. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    09 Aug '08 21:54
    In 3 0 games, I aim for deep positional struggles. as my intuitive board sense usually prevails.
  3. 10 Aug '08 00:19
    Quote: "...playing like Karpov or playing like Tal."

    If I only I could play like either.

    I've won a few blitz tournaments in my time.
    I move fast and attack because perfect defending takes time.
  4. Standard member Korch
    Chess Warrior
    10 Aug '08 00:31
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Quote: "...playing like Karpov or playing like Tal."

    If I only I could play like either.

    I've won a few blitz tournaments in my time.
    I move fast and attack because perfect defending takes time.
    It depends on position - some positions are easier to defend.
  5. 10 Aug '08 01:10
    If yo are white - a slow sqeeze quite often is beneficial, as black will struggle to find a good plan in a short space of time.

    As black - it is usually best to open the game up as early as possible - to give yourself equal chances and help to wear their time down
  6. 10 Aug '08 01:32
    Originally posted by Korch
    It depends on position - some positions are easier to defend.
    Not when I attack them they aint!!

    Most players do not know how to defend themselves.

    It's not their fault - 99% of tactical puzzles are white/black
    to play and win. Not white/black to play and defend.
  7. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    10 Aug '08 03:03
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Not when I attack them they aint!!

    Most players do not know how to defend themselves.

    It's not their fault - 99% of tactical puzzles are white/black
    to play and win. Not white/black to play and defend.
    I think it is closer to 97%
  8. 10 Aug '08 03:20
    Originally posted by hunterknox
    I usually play for tactics but will occassionally set out to play a purely prophylactic game, or as close as I can muster. This got me to thinking: assuming you could play equally well either way, which would be the best strategy for blitz - playing like Karpov or playing like Tal?
    I think this depends on the style of the player. Personally, I'm prone to tactical "oops", so I seem to be better off playing positions that give my opponent as few tactical chances as possible.

    However, natural tacticians seem to be better off playing less well-traveled openings that allow tactical shots if things start to go wrong.
  9. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    10 Aug '08 03:30
    smoke and mirrors
  10. 11 Aug '08 20:48
    Originally posted by Wulebgr
    I think it is closer to 97%
    Actually, it's exactly 98.386427%