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.