Initial thinking process1. Look at the position to gather key data elemantsKey Questions:
Which piece or pieces and pawns areundefended?
Is my King position safe?
Is myopponent's King position safe/more safe than mine?
Which squares are weak?
Which pieces or pieces are undeveloped?
Which pieceor pieces need repositioning?
What imbalances exist onthe board?
the interplay between Bishops and Knights(trying to make one superior to the other).
a broad subject that encompassesdoubled pawns, isolated pawns, backward pawn, passedpawns, pawn majorities, potential pawn breaks, etc.
the annexation of territoy on a chessboard
owning pieces of greater vaule than theopponent's
Lines and squares:
files, ranks, and diagonals are linesof a chessboard that act as pathways for your pieces, whilesquares act as homes.
a lead in development gives you moreforce in a specific area of the board. This is a temporaryimbalance because the opponent will eventually catch up.
dictating the tempo of a game. This is also atemporary imbalance.
2. Search for specific threats
Key Questions: What are all the opponent's immediate orlatent threats? What, if anything, does the opponent's lastmove threaten?
3. Rank the severity of the threats
Key Questions: Is the threat real or valid? If the threat isreal, can I ignore it? Can I nullify the threat by creating orexecuting my own threat?
4. Focus your reponse against the threat with thehighest degree of harm if ignored or not prevented
Key Question: Which are the most harmful if ignored or notprevented?
5. Search for candiate moves
Key questions: Which candidate move best responds to thethreat? Does this move if executed, create or executeeven more serious threats?
6. Execute the move in your head