Originally posted by KingOnPoint
Is chess theory similar to music theory? In school I was taught how to keep the rules of music theory, then later I could have been taught how to break the rules.
Robbie Carrobie asked a chess question on December 5, 2013 at 4:39
It may have been about a Fischer game and asking why chess theory
seemed to be not followed. ...[text shortened]... lways follow chess theory unless doing so would lose them a game or an advantage?
Robbie's question wasn't really about chess theory
, but general principles.
The term 'theory' usually applies to openings and endgames. In openings, professional players make every effort to find new moves outside of current theory to surprise the opposition. In endgames, the theory is more set in stone. You generally cannot go against endgame theory and do well. Your only hope is finding a mistake in someone's previous analysis, assuming they made one.