tag style as it relates to the kings indian defense in chess

August 5th, 2012

tag style as it relates to the kings indian defense in chess

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while i was running today i was thinking about how to best describe my playing style. i’m not sure anyone has ever related a chess opening to a poker style but i’m about to. my style isnt fixed at all but ebbs and flows – esp as a tournament progresses or i get deeper in a cash game. for the most part if i had to pick a default stye when i first sit down at a table it would be tight aggressive or TAG. in many ways this style reminds me of the KID in chess. the KID was always my go to defense for black. it stressed fortifying first and buckling down – discipline to not get out of line. in many ways you let the play come to you and when it did you were more than ready to slap it back in white’s face. playing black like this was like slowly winding up a coil that you would eventually unleash on white like a ten ton hammer. you were usually so strongly fortified that when you did go on the aggressive you didnt have much to worry about. defensive, reactive, effective and solid. i like the KID. playing TAGy is similar to this in that you have to have discipline and pick your spots but make sure you’re not blindly attacking without being able to adjust. here’s a link to video about KID if you have any interest.

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