Originally posted by YourWorstKnightmare
Based on your experience, do you Agree or Disagree? & why?:
"The elements of chess strategy are
1) the Center
2) play in Open Files
3) Play in the 7th and 8th ranks
4) The Passed Pawn
5) The Pin
6) Discovered check
8) The Pawn-Chain. "
The strategic plan must include many ideas and must not overlook the tactics of any given position. The value of the pieces, the positions of the pawns and the kings, and the cooperation among the pieces and pawns to control the center and vital squares on the board are all to be considered in making a strategic plan. So all the individual ideas must be studied first so they can be recognized when your opponent uses them. Then eventually you will be able to use them in making and carrying out you own strategic plan.
All the elements of chess that you mentioned are not strategy, but they are ideas that are used in strategy. You did not list tactics, but tactics must be studied, because practically all strategic plans involve setting up tactical positions and pitfalls. So I would add also the knowledge of how to judge the advantages and disadvantages of a position, which would include:
1. Open lines for the bishop, rook, and queen
2. An outpost for knights that provides them with maximum mobility
3. Strong and weak points or squares
4. Space and time advantage
5. Isolated pawn, backward pawn, and doubled pawns
6. King safety
7. Piece value
8. Piece cooperation
9. Tactics (Including checkmating patterns and techniques)
And finally sometimes a strtegic plan is used to just get to a favorable endgame. Therefore, basic endgame knowledge is necessary for strategic planning.
I almost forgot one other part of stategic planning. PSYCHOLOGY!