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Three Fools, Part 2

  • GM Gserper
  • | Apr 15, 2012
  • | 6227 views
  • | 20 comments

In the first part of this article we discussed the cases where two Bishops are a very powerful weapon.  We also analyzed Steinitz's games where the first World Champion showed the correct way to take advantage of the Bishop pair. In the next game Emanuel Lasker proved that he studied the games of his great  predecessor.  Just like Steinitz, he uses his pawns to slowly, but surely restrict the White Knights, preparing the decisive break:


The following modern masterpiece shows the same strategy of pushing the pawns on both wings to grab space and restrict the opponent's Knights:


So far we saw ideal positions for the two Bishops: open center and lack of good squares for the Knights where they could be supported by pawns. But if the position is semi-closed and especially if the Knights can get good outposts in the center, then the outcome of such a game could be totally different.  Here is another classical game that proves the point:


The fact that it was a very dramatic game where both opponents made a number of instructive mistakes only proves that it is not an easy concept to master.  But it really helps to remember the basic idea that when you have Bishops you want to keep the position as open as possible, meanwhile when you have Knights you are trying to achieve the opposite by blocking the game.

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    GM_rudy

    TQ SIR...

  • 2 years ago

    roxfox

    Great one!Smile
     

  • 2 years ago

    nick251359

    great article, impressed by kramnik's game!

  • 2 years ago

    amoxoritis

    why not in Vladimir Kramnik (?) vs. Mikhail Ulibin (?), after Ne6, exchange white bishop with the knight ,on e6, and after rook takes on e6, Rg7 and then white can place rook on g8 and win at least an extra piece?

  • 2 years ago

    kd2013

    nice article... very informative... many thanks Cool

  • 2 years ago

    chessrube

    good article

  • 2 years ago

    nyLsel

    Nice article!

  • 2 years ago

    Blender3D

    In the first paragraph, I would change World Champiopn to  World Champion. Aside from the minor spelling mistake, nice article!

  • 2 years ago

    Rook98

    cool

  • 2 years ago

    Myth404

    What a briliant tactics!

    They play with strategy, without ego at all..

  • 2 years ago

    ONU_Gollun

    Thanks for this nice article.

  • 2 years ago

    hungsun

    Laughing good one!

  • 2 years ago

    yograjmatrx

    Very good article.

  • 2 years ago

    retu66

    good article!! Thanks a lot:)

  • 2 years ago

    mehdi-Y

    mersiTongue out

  • 2 years ago

    Miu_

    great article!

  • 2 years ago

    fahim620

    GOOD one...........

  • 2 years ago

    marwanradman123

    Splendor article

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