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Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess

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It's "usually" a good idea to capture a knight in this situation. If possible, you might consider using a rook on f1 to make this capture. The reason is that you have a second rook to control the open …
answered Jul 11 '16 by Tom Au
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I (about a 1500 player) once took White against a 2100 player, and played a Queen's Gambit. I lost of course, but the other player complimented my play. He said, "You played well for about 20 moves, a …
asked May 9 '12 by Tom Au
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White's best plan is Nd2, followed by Nb3 and Nc5. From there it attacks the pawn a6 as well as the key square e6. Black will have a hard time defending both places. More to point, the Ne5 can move q …
answered May 30 '17 by Tom Au
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The 30 move "rule" means that in most games, it is clear by that time, who has the advantage, or whether the game is likely headed for a draw. It doesn't necessarily mean that the game will end by tha …
answered Aug 12 '12 by Tom Au
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Kh8 has two important functions. It takes the king off the open white diagonal, where he can be checked by Bc4, or "forked" by Qb3. It clears the square g8 for Rg8 to defend the g pawn.
answered Jul 12 '16 by Tom Au
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Against a weaker player, figure out why he is weak. Maybe he is playing "strongly" because he has "booked up." So take him out of book lines. Maybe he is strong in strategy and weak on tactics (or …
answered Feb 21 '13 by Tom Au
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The "goodness" or badness" of a knight is measured by how many squares it can reach, whether or not the opposition controls it. If you somehow put Black's queen on d4, the knight on f3 can capture it. …
answered May 1 '14 by Tom Au
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According to world champion Capablanca, in "Chess Fundamentals," your first priority is to get your pieces out as fast as you can. If White, you might take a detour to try to hinder black's developmen …
answered May 2 '12 by Tom Au
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I would say, to maximize your advantage, make it a "long distance" race. That is, the advantage of your greater ability will prevail unless you make a bad early mistake. Capablanca, a world champion …
answered Jul 27 '12 by Tom Au
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A minority attack begins when you have fewer pawns on one side of the board (usually the queen side) and one more pawn on the other side. When pawns are "unbalanced," the game often comes to a "race" …
answered Sep 5 '16 by Tom Au
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First of all, the advantage of winning a pawn is usually enough to win the game (among good players). That's why they're worth attacking. Second, pawns have the least mobility, that is the least abil …
answered Jul 13 '16 by Tom Au
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In this game, White appears to have lost the initiative against the Nimzo Indian defense as early as the fourth move, and certainly by the eighth move. If White's next four moves were 1) e3, 2) Nf3, …
asked Mar 26 '16 by Tom Au
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I recommend the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez. The "classic game" for this opening was played in 1914 between world champion Emmanuel Lasker and future world champion J.R. Capablanca. It leads …
answered Jul 11 '16 by Tom Au
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You should try for a breakthrough on the h file. You will eventually play h5, but you might want to move your king to g2 and double rooks on the file before you push the pawn. Your pieces have better …
answered Jul 11 '16 by Tom Au
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Normally, you don't want to castle "long" in the Sicilian because of the missing c pawn, which can make the king very vulnerable to attack. An exception to this rule is when White has "wasted" a lot …
answered Aug 10 '16 by Tom Au

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