Watching the video above on dynamic chess, It gradually becomes obvious that…
Playing aggressive, dynamic chess is mostly psychological…
If you want to become a dangerous attacking player, known for your beautiful, dynamic chess – you’ll need to develop a mindset that is bold and fears nothing.
You must have 100% trust in your ability to mentally overpower the other guy and never be afraid of losing. Usually, this blind self-belief pays off!
Over the course of at least ten years, I’ve seen endless examples of people who objectively aren’t very knowledgeable chess players (I’m talking to you Blair! 😉 ), yet they win highly tactical games repeatedly, sometimes even threatening the top spots in the tournament.
Dynamic Chess is Mostly Driven by Self-Belief
What happens is that this confident guy with his aggressive style whips out the opening moves, aims his pieces at sensitive points in the enemy position and keeps a keen eye out for the chance to sacrifice something.
His opponent on the other hand, who may even be stronger than him, often sits there sweating and worrying too much about if he loses to “this cocky guy”.
Soon this he attacks his confident opponent’s rook with Bh6, and the rook is nonchalantly offered as an exchange sacrifice that gives “Mr. Confidence” a raging initiative.
He soon wins with a direct attack on the king.
This is a common scenario, trust me!
Let’s see an example from another of my games, shall we?
Brendan’s Dynamic Chess Obsession!
Here’s a position from a game I played just the other day.
BrendanJNorman (2258) vs Frankie149 (2265)
Here the sober, normal player would probably play 10.Be2 and 11.0-0 (green arrows) and this is a perfectly fine way of playing.
The dynamic chessplayer is always trying to get something started, so I played 10.0-0-0 (red arrow) and prepared to attack either on the kingside (if he castles there) or by blasting open the center.
Let’s see how the game progressed.
You see? That’s dynamic play.
And although it might not be perfect, or 100% sound, even master-level guys like that find it very tough to resist when almost every move is a serious threat.
Some Dynamic Chess Tests for YOU!
What would you play in the following positions? (there’s a PDF with full games and answers at the bottom for VIPs 😉 )
Position 1: What would you play?
Position 2: What would you play?
Position 3: What would you play?
Position 4: What would you play?
Position 5: What would you play?
Time to check your answers!
Get the PDF worksheet below, study the full games and let me know how you did.
…And till next time, play fearlessly and humiliate those opponents!