♡ 32 ( +1 | -1 ) Need adviceHow should a person study positional play (something that I completely do not understand)? Because right now the only way I'm winning games is combinations and when there is not one I am clueless in what to do.
♡ 17 ( +1 | -1 ) spiralIf you're winning games with combinations, you must have put yourself in positions where you could play those combinations. Go back and ask yourself why you played in that way.
I like what you just said - it's what I think also but you said it in so few words. I would have gone on forever. Spiral - if you are concerned about positonal chess there have been threads at forums discussing the best books that deal with these aspects - just check them out.
Often mentioned were the books by Znosko-Borovsky, Nimzovich, Dvoretsky, Pachman. If you are the kind of person who purchases all new appliances every year because you want the fashionable new color then skip all those and read Silman.
It is great that you have a combinational feeling and capabilities. Now, if you want to begin to learn positional game, I will give you, what I think is a good path to begin:
1. Buy a copy of the classic: "Logical Chess, Move by Move" by Irving Chernev. This is a collection of fully commented positional games and explains you how with a good positional preparation, the combinations flow naturaly. The book is a little bit dogmatic, but take into account that is an oldy classical work and that the game continues evolutioning. And that you need to begin from the begining.
2. Buy a copy of "The Evolution of Chess Ideas" by Max Euwe. This book is wonderful because it explains to you that there is a similarity between the evolution of chess ideas from the "El Greco" times to Kasparov nad Kramnik, and the learning curve of understanding of every player, since he begins to combine like "El Greco", then begin to understand the rudiments of positional play like Morphy, etc. and so on to the most advanced ideas and "schools" of positional play and styles.
You can read both this books simultaneously, they are not only instructive but fascinating.
Later you can try many, many good books to continue, but this is my first recommendation.
You can buy both books in Amazon.com or a similar quality book sales site.