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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Chess Strategy - Exchanging pieces to a favourable Bishop Vs. Knight endgame - Video

When playing against young players, the most reliable strategy in chess often is to trade off into an endgame. In this game White placed his pawns on dark squares, despite having traded off the light squared bishop. Those pawns became an easy target for my king and bishop once the heavy pieces came off the board.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Tactic in Najdorf Sicilian

In a rapid game played a few days ago, I missed this chance:

Chigorin Club – UBC Club, 2013

image White to move 

I took on f6, played Nd5, and the position got murky, as both kings lost the chance to castle.

12. Bb5+ ! gave White a great position. After 12… Nc6 13. Bxf6 gxf6 14. Nd5! makes it clear who’s in charge here:

image White dominates the position and all the key squares.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Chess Strategy: Exchange Sacrifice in the endgame, power of two bishops

Here is an older video of the game I played 10 years ago, where the power of two bishops in the endgame is full revealed. A blog entry with the game analysis:

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