Originally Posted by TexAg06
YKW, that's pretty much exactly what I was wondering, thanks for answering. It seems to me that in complicated positions you'd almost have to just trust your intuition, because there are just so many different ways the opponent could play. It would be impossible to calculate and react to them all. I don't know how else you'd play.
Well, I think intuition is just one part of it. The other part, and probably a bigger one, is just knowledge of the game. You know that bishops like open positions, that you should make your pieces active (and do the opposite towards your opponents pieces), that your rooks like open files, etc. There is nothing intuitive about that. The intuition kicks in when you, after thinking about all these factors that you understand about the position, need to make the actual decision. Then you might say to yourself: "well, even though I cannot calculate everything very deeply, this move seems to fit everything I need to do in this position and I don't see an easy way for it to lose, so it has to be correct way to proceed" and go for it.