Someone posed a question on my blog asking, “What is equality anyway?” On one hand, it’s an easy question: if the game is equal, then that’s equality. If both sides have the same material, the same pieces, no weaknesses, same development, then that’s equality. That’s obvious, but chess is a deep game, and many positions are far from simple … and yet GMs will still claim that the game is equal.
In this post, I want to discuss some ideas behind equality. There are quite theoretical, so I don’t expect it to radically change your play, but you might understand chess better afterwards. First, though, I want to discuss the basic strategic ideas behind the chess game. Continue reading