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Mastering Pawn Structures

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Mastering Pawn Structures

Description Black plays a dubious opening, and White plays accurately. As a result, Black ends up with a backward e pawn, and weak dark squares on the kingside. White forces Black’s pieces into an awkward defensive position. Black is able to defend his e pawn, but is unable to respond when White suddenly maneuvers his queen […]

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Long Term Problems in Chess

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Black's King Rook is out of Play

When playing against the French Defense, sometimes f4 is played before Nf3, and sometimes Nf3 is played directly. In some variations, it’s a matter of preference, and at other times the position dictates a specific course of action.

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The Bishop Pair Needs Space

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A single pawn paralyzes the entire queenside

This game is a great example that shows how the power of the bishop pair increases as the game opens up, especially when there is play on both sides of the board. We have also included several powerful teaching points about pawn structure.

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The Unexpected Gambit

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White’s extreme square control exploits Black’s lack of development and decentralized pieces

A sharp confrontation that leads to several unexpected moves and sacrifice of material in exchange for extreme square control.

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Time, Space, and Force – The Value of Time

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Element Trade: Bishop Pair for Pawn Structure

Time, space, and force are the fundamental building blocks we work with in chess. This article is focused on the value of time. In the future, we’ll write separate articles on space and force.

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The Joy of Sacrificing Your Queen

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Black’s bishop is a "problem piece."

White makes an early strategic error. As a result, Black is able to sacrifice his queen, and place White’s king in a mating net.

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