A Matter of Technique

When reviewing master games, the expert annotator usually does not cover the last few moves of the game and attributes the remaining moves to “The rest is a matter of technique.” Well, I came across the following explanation by Mednis in his excellent endgame book Rate Your Endgame Play, on just what exactly is a matter of technique.

technique is a procedure used to accomplish a specific activity or task having good technique in chess means:

  • Not allowing counterplay
  • holding on to a material advantage
  • establishing a clear plan and following it
  • being careful
  • not hurrying, with respect to time or moves
  • avoiding unclear or unnecessary complications
  • winning the game

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