The Most Important Playing Principles

At the beginning of the game the forces stand in balance.

 

1.Correct play on both sides maintains this equilibrium and leads to a drawn game.

2.Therefore a player can win only as a consequence of a mistake made by the opponent. (There is no such thing as a winning move.)

3.As long as the balance is maintained, an attack, even skilful, cannot succeed against correct defence. Such a defence will force the withdrawal and regrouping of the attacking pieces and the attacker will suffer disadvantage.

4.At the beginning of the game a player should not at once seek to attack. Instead, a player should seek to unbalance the position in his favor by forcing the opponent to make a mistake.

5.The one who has advantage has to attack under the threat of wasting this advantage. W. Steinitz

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