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... black; trading knights is particularly useful as it eases the pressure; Play with the king in the center – This is the most dynamic approach. Black takes more risk by leaving his king ...
... both control the long diagonals a1-h8 / h1-a8, while the knights are developed on c3 and usually on e2, although this knight can sometimes be found on h3 or on h4. Finally, the queen goes to d2, defending ...
23. Dominant Knights
(Articles/Middle Game)
When studying different middlegames, I've come to the conclusion that sometimes there are pieces on the board that shouldn't be moved. A sort of a permanent status in the game that, if you are on the favorable ...
... for white, a sideline, but with a good dose of venom and ambitious enough in order to emerge better out of the opening – The Two Knights Variation (2.Nf3 followed by 3.Nc3). Ready to start systematic ...
... knights and so on. However, as we all should know, the true value of pieces is given by the importance they have over the board. A passive rook is often worse than a centralized knight or than a bishop ...
... his Siberian forest, surrounded by howling wolves, analyzing night after night whether king plus four knights can always beat king plus queen, that is great. That’s what chess is all about, only you have ...
... as played by Cheparinov. We explain why in the comments. This game is another good example of the middlegame struggle between knights versus bishops in which the pawn structure is the most relevant ...
... quite interesting. Theory and ideas: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.g3 6...Nc6 (or 6...Bg7 7.Bg2 and Nc6) 7.Nde2! It is important for white to keep the knights on the board. He ...
... on d5 in order to exploit the weakened c5 square. Here, the two knights are stronger than black's knight and bishop. We hope you have learned from this article that symmetrical positions are ...
...  4. Flank pawns are strong against the knights Knight is a short range piece and it has especially hard times in the endgame positions involving passed flank pawns. For example, in the position below ...
31. 7 Most Important Middlegame Principles
(Articles/Middle Game)
... fact that in the center pieces control a lot more squares than elsewhere. This  is especially important rule to remember when dealing with the knights. The knights can control as many as 8 squares ...
... move h3. This is not very good move because it loses time. Better is just Qe2+ or Nxd5. Black to move 4. Develop knights before bishops There are many reasons to develop knights before bishops. ...
... of Two Knights’ Defence and David Vigorito’s treatment of King’s Indian Mar del Plata. They would have to wait for now. See you soon! Credits: The image of Anand-Carlsen encounter is captured by ...
... is a square on the opponent’s side of the board that is not controlled by any of his pawns. That fact makes this square extremely valuable if occupied by the knight. The knights are especially strong close ...
35. When a Knight is Better Than a Bishop
(Articles/Middle Game)
... type of structures, while knights can easily get to an eventual weak square in the position. Outposts in the center. Combined with a fixed pawn structure and a closed position, an outpost ...
... the knights and modifying the pawn structure. When this happens, the position tends to simplify, since the d file becomes open. In many cases, the queens are trade off. In this particular structure, the ...
37. ChessBase Magazine # 162 Review
(Articles/Reviews )
... Najdorf Sicilian to Nimzo-Indian. Among them I shall pick the one on Four Knights Game, Rubinstein Variation (C48). Here the author, Dennis Breder comes up with an important TN. After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 ...
... open files and knights at the center. However, the best approach for playing the opening is to know exactly where to position your pieces according to your middle-game plan. For example, if you are planning ...
39. How to Master Bullet Chess: The Insider Tips
(Articles/Training Techniques)
... the clock by simply moving back and forth. That is something many novice bullet players do not understand, and that’s one of the main reason they lose on time. 3. Keep the knights on the board. Remember, ...
... was trying to avoid preparation by the other. The result was plain bad play. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5? 6.Bxf7 (Two Knights Defence) In my view this encounter should not have ...
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