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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What's the plan?



So what is the plan in this position? I worked hard to get a good bishop, pawn structure, space and opponents passive pieces. Isn't a B vs N endgame with pawns on both sides of the board better for the B (or is that only when the rooks are off too)? Couldn't do a thing with it...

Side note:
I evaluated this position with me having the significant advantage. Crafty has us nearly equal. This game showed me if you can't evaluate who has the better position your play will suffer.

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15 Comments:

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:11 PM  

  • Black is better; more active pieces, and indeed the bishop is a better minor piece here. His main trump though is his kingside pawn majority so the plan should be to get those rolling, eg h5, g5, f4, and then start looking for some kind of breakthrough with e3 or f3.

    By Blogger Tom Chivers, at 8:31 AM  

  • Black is better, but not by much. One problem is that your king is not so good. Ideally, you'd want it to be near e4 to support your majority . Also, White's rook is well placed, so you can only activate your king by allowing stuff like Rd1-d8-g8. Lastly, White also has f2-f3 at a time of his choosing, and that restricts your options.

    If I were Black I'd trade rooks by Kc7 then Rc3-c6-d6. If f3, let him exchange on e4 to keep the knight dominated by a pawn on e4. Get your king to e5. Seems White has better chances.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:39 PM  

  • The a3 pawn is weak. Can black play b5 to fix it? Then Kc7 and Bd6 to attack it. If white plays a4 then bxa4 bxa4 and white has 2 isolanis.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:24 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:42 PM  

  • more prominent position in black and white but can take advantage pawn in the wing ministers.
    so black must utilize as soon as possible

    By Anonymous gamechess, at 9:32 AM  

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  • i like white's compact structure better. if anything, that king can be utilized to help lead an attack.

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    By Anonymous chessboss, at 3:30 AM  

  • Interesting post. Thanks for sharing.

    By Anonymous chess sets and boards, at 9:00 PM  

  • What about trying to exchange the rooks first and then activate the king?

    By Anonymous ArcticPawn, at 7:00 AM  

  • i agree with tom, black is superior in position..white is just waiting
    Black made ​​a mistake.

    By Blogger chesslovers, at 9:07 AM  

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    By Blogger Ahead Incorporations: Just Go Ahead!, at 9:07 PM  

  • If there were no rooks I would try to ram opponent on queenside with a5 and b5, to put white pawns on black squarres, attack them eventually with king and bishop an than try to make a pass pawn on king side.

    Problem is that there are rooks and rook ending could be drawish if white could activate his rook because if I would play rook ending i would try to put my king on kingside to help to make a pass pawn on kingside. That is unposibble now because whit rook dominate d file.

    This is generally speaking plan after looking at position in blitz thinking of few seconds.

    Concrete calculation should be made for concrete moves.

    Sorry for my lousy English :).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:00 AM  

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