Prophylaxis (chess)[ edit ]

Prophylaxis (Greek προφυλακτικος, "prophylaktikos," to guard or prevent beforehand) or a prophylactic move stops the opponent from taking action in a certain area for fear of some type of reprisal. Prophylatic moves are aimed at not just improving ones position, but preventing the opponent from improving his.

In a more strategic sense, prophylaxis leads to a very positional game, often frustrating for players with a strong tactical orientation. Players who practice prophylaxis continue frustrating initiating tactics with unpleasant tactical consequences until the opponent commits a tactical error.

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