There is an important reason why the first step in the calculation process is to find your opponent’s threats. It is because when you discover your opponent’s threats, you will need to consider only 2 kinds of candidate moves:
- Candidate moves that sufficiently deal with your opponent’s threats - or
- Candidate moves that make an even stronger threat than that of your opponent.
Diagram - White to play. Which are the best candidate moves in this position? Black is threatening axb5. Your candidate move should either deal with this threat or create an even stronger threat.
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