Originally posted by WanderingKing
People keep saying that you need a plan. I have never had one and I have no idea how to have it. I just can't understand the concept.
When I see that some move wins material or leads to checkmate, or pawn promotion, or impoves a piece, or whatever, I make the move, but I don't think it's a plan, is it? I understand it must be long-term and uncertain ...[text shortened]... he enemy king. How do I say to myself, "Now, I'll attack the queenside." How do I choose?
This position occured in one of my league games, playing for my chess club. I had black.
The position looks completely level. Both sides have doubled pawns on the f-file, but are otherwise very solid.
In order to make progress, I had to come up with a plan.
It was difficult to see how I could do anything on the kingside.
I could maybe do something in the centre, such as doubling rooks, but I wasn't sure what that would accomplish.
In the end, I decided to try to play on the queenside.
The plan was to push my queenside pawns and hope to open up lines and create targets for my rooks to attack.
Here is the position a few moves later. I've already made quite a lot of progress in pushing my pawns, but there is still some work to do.
I now had to decide whether to:
a) exchange on c3 in order to open up the b-file for my rook
or b) push the pawn to b3, gaining space on the queenside.
I chose the latter option.
A few moves later we reached this position.
White's pawn on b2 is the weakness that I want to target.
If I can win that pawn, I should easily win the game, because my own pawn on the b-file is so far advanced.
I first needed to bring my queen on a1 or a2 in order to attack the pawn.
The only thing left to do now is to find a way to bring my knight around to a4.
Mission accomplished! The pawn cannot be defended.
I won the pawn and the game soon after.
Here are all the moves.