Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
We're all taught that when in doubt, we should make pawn captures towards the center. Consider the diagram below: White has two sets of doubled pawns, and no central pawns at all, as he's captured away from the center twice. Yet White's rooks both sit on semi-open central files. Who has the pressure?
Opposite-color bishop endings are not nearly as drawish as some assume they are, especially when a pair of major pieces remain on the board, Make the enemy bishop irrelevant, and you're attacking with an extra piece! In achieving this end, a well-timed pawn sacrifice is useful: activity trumps materialism.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Sam Schmakel was ready (or at least ready enough) and wins a nice game.