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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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Target Weaknesses to Exploit Opening Inaccuracies

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What is the best move?

If the main reason you play chess is because you want to have fun, then just play the openings you find interesting and exciting. In that case, the Open Sicilian will keep you entertained for several lifetimes.
On the other hand, if you’re serious about wanting to improve, then developing an opening repertoire will become an important part of your campaign.

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Exploit opening inaccuracies by finding a good plan

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opening inaccuracies

Do your best to understand the implications of your moves. This will take you a long way towards mastery.

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Bad Things Happen to Knights without Posts

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White's knight maneuvers don't support the goals

This is the third article in a 3 part series on the Powers of the Knight. The first two articles are called The Mysterious Powers of the Knight, and How to Build a Solid Post for Your Knight. It will be a challenge to find a more highly distilled, yet comprehensive treatment of this powerful piece, and we highly recommend you read the two companion articles.

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