Improve Your Chess!
November 23, 2016 at 4:33 pm
Sometimes I feel sad because my brain is not as good as chess engines, and because of that, I miss great moves and then I lose games. No matter how many thousands of tactical puzzles I solve or how many times I play against tough chess programs/apps, my brain seems to stay dumb. hehe. Weird feeling, I don’t like it.
November 23, 2016 at 12:05 am
… if 4. e6 fxe6
November 23, 2016 at 6:25 am
If you want, you can paste the position into your engine and try it out to get a better feel of the lesson.
Here’s the FEN to paste in your engine:
rn4k1/pp3pbp/1npPrqp1/4P3/5B1P/1PN5/P2QB1P1/2KR3R b – – 0 18
November 23, 2016 at 12:03 am
1. …Qd8 2. Bg4 Re8, 3. d7 Rf8 No need to sacrifice, and you still have both knights attacking on d7 and the f pawn available for blocking supported by the rook.
November 23, 2016 at 6:20 am
If 1… Qd8 2.Bg4 Re8 3.Bg5! after which 3… f6 will leave black with king-safety problems too. The point I want to make in this lesson is that one needs to understand when it is a good idea to sacrifice some material in order to regain some initiative. Also note that black is only sacrificing 1 point worth of material – a fairly small price to pay for the fact that he is now on the offence instead of difficult defense.
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