Chess Strategy: Prophylactic Thinking

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Prophylaxis is a way to prevent your opponent’s ideas. During a chess game, we usually think about a lot of moves and variations, plan a lot of things. Nevertheless, it is equally important to consider our opponent’s plans as well and, most importantly, prevent them if they are dangerous for you.

In some cases, you will be forced to make a prophylactic move and, in other cases, it might not be completely necessary, but yet if you make it, life gets harder for your opponent. It is like a waiting move.

In this following video lesson, Manuel Ocantos will show you some examples of prophylactic moves in the chess openings Benoni Defense and the Ruy Lopez. He also shows you a couple of interesting games played by Karpov, Kasparov, and Nimzowitsch.

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