107 ( +1 | -1 ) Novice Nook #63I inadvertantly skipped a week since last posting a Novice Nook thread. Still, we're slowly catching up to Mr. Heisman. His 63rd article is entitled "Activity is the Real Goal" and contains a useful discussion of the relationship between space and material. Some key quotes:
"Mobility has a precise value, but activity - how useful a square is to a piece - is subjective. The real goal is getting activity: your pieces have good things to do - coordinate with other pieces, limit enemy piece movement, attack key points, etc."
"The real advantage of superior space is that if acieved properly, it allows your pieces to do more than your opponent's pieces."
"The real goal you are trying to achieve is more active play, not space."
In addition, he responds to some reader questions with some good tips on candidate move selection and improving board vision.
63 ( +1 | -1 ) activity/ mobilityThis was a very useful article for me. Without thinking about it specifically and certainly without naming the concept, I had only a vague understanding that there was a distinction between what Heisman calls activity and mobility. As usual Heisman describes the concept and names it in a manner that puts a sharper point my understanding. He helps to explain why sometimes my pieces seem to have plenty of space, but at the same time are cramped. In some ways it is fairly obvious once pointed out, but it seems to be helpful to have the idea illustrated, expressly described, and named.