Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Positional patterns

Yesterday at our chess club one of our IMs gave us a very instructive lesson I like to share with you Knights. Closed line of the Caro-Kann. Positions seemed to be equal. But then White saw that his light-squared bishop was bad and his opp's one was good. So he enforced bishop exchange. After that the opp was quite helpless to find a plan. He found a wrong one, got problems. White constantly increased pressure. The final was a nice queen sacrifice with a knight-rook mate. All of a sudden I began to realize that patterns play a key role not only in tactical but also in positional play! The key patterns are not more complicated than their tactical counterparts such as forks, skewers, pins. Just look at this one: Exchange your piece of less value against an opp piece of more value. After the IM told us this, the plan emerged clearly, despite of the closed position.

Day 141/155 of the MDLM program.
Circle 4: 160/1280 done, 7 days left
Stats: 93% success rate, 40 sec. p.p.

2 Comments:

At 8:43 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

Exactly!!! I plan to do 7 Circles of Death with Convekta's 1800 problem Strategy 2.0 as soon as I complete this current tactical project!

 
At 12:52 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said...

All of a sudden I began to realize that patterns play a key role not only in tactical but also in positional play!
Ofcourse it works the same! The only problem is that there are far less positional problems around. So I have the same idea as CD.

 

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