Monday, March 25, 2013

Retrograde analysis with GM Ashley

Retrograde analysis is where you envision the future situation and proceed by working your way backwards to find the right path. A practical example of using this technique in chess is to envision what endgame you want to have, for instance a bishop against knight. Then, if the position right now is where you have two bishops and the opponent has bishop and knight, it becomes clear that you should trade bishops. Deciding what you want to achieve is a great idea, because this decision can guide you forward through the countless number of different paths ahead.