Mechanical Reactions in Chess

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Today, we have an interesting topic to talk about. Normally, the term ‘mechanical’ refers to something that is operated by a machine. Hence, we can also describe it as something that is done automatically.

But how do we relate this term to chess? What do you think of it?


While playing a chess game, there could be a situation where you need not think about what move you should play amongst many others; rather, you’ll just have to play the simple and logical move.

This happens when you think NOT to take any risk and complicate the position – instead, you just want to make things go simply and easily.


This might seem to be a wise choice, but it won’t work every time. Because, naturally, you just need to have a sharp look at the move that seems so easy and obvious, which subsequently makes you play that move. Yet when it seems easy, there could be some troubles or traps set for you.


Secondly, you need not be a coward all the time by not taking any risks and playing the simple move instead. Of course, there are some instances where you need to play the logical move, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about ‘mechanical moves’. 🙂 So, what are they? Let’s take a look at an example:

Kasparov – Karpov


Black to play

White has just played Qg4, attacking the d7-rook. So, what are the different moves Black can play here?

Well, there are a few options:

  • Rd6
  • Rcd8
  • Rdd8

What move, which you think is obvious, would you play here?

To answer this question and to discuss ’mechanical movesfurther, we’ve invited our guest coach GM Levan Aroshidze to prepare a video lesson for you! 🙂


Levan has prepared a very instructive video lesson for you – it is called “Mechanical Reactions in Chess”.

You can watch the video lesson below:

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Comments: 9

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  1. Hi All!
    Excellent lesson from GM Levan! First off I did not know that game that Karpov lost. So even Karpov probably at his peak had some faults in his “subconscious blundercheck machine”. BTW , Igor’s blundercheck technique would have worked perfectly in this case. What I also bring home is that the main antidote against mechanical moves, is paradoxically a “mechanical” (i.e. conscious) thinking system, like the one we were taught by GM Igor.Just try it on the presented examples and see where it will bring you. Intuition will grow gradually, we can probe it’s capability by playing blitz. On tournament games , it’s better stay on the safe side….
    IMHO, of course….
    Best Regards,

    1. Thanks for your message! The blundercheck technique is relatively easy but it requires a lot of discipline to perform it all the time. Still, there’s no other way, otherwise a single blunder can ruin the whole game.

  2. yes igor the lessons is too fantastic .its amazing .dear igor ,why are you helding the webinar on defense by valeri lilov??you had already done the webinar on that topic.??and secondly sir,many students and grandmaster outside remote chess academy had doubted your paid courses ,they said to me that your method of teaching chess has some pros and corns it rather confuses them.???can you please clear my doubts??thankyu in advance!!

  3. Some students asked to cover defense in comments for one of the previous blog-posts. If you wished another topic, why haven’t you suggested it? Anyway, defense is a hard topic, and I doubt you already mastered it perfectly. Some extra training wouldn’t hurt, right? 🙂

    As for my teaching method, I do receive a lot of messages from students who got good results from RCA courses. At the same time around 1% claims a refund. It’s normal that some people may prefer another way of teaching.

    Regarding those “outside grandmasters”, can you explain why they keep studying my courses (and know many of them)? 🙂 Actually I know a lot of chess clubs where coaches use my courses to teach chess but present it as their-own method. Unfortunately some of the coaches/authors treat me as their competitor and try to critisize. For me there’s no problem here, I just do what I like.

    1. Ohh Igor,I fully understand the reason behind critizingy you and your teach ing method. I am sorry for that. But I trust you not other gms.

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