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Pawns and Squares Often Determine a Minor Piece's Value

2 almost identical positions...in one the pawn is on c4, the other the pawn is on c2.

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  • 11 months ago

    IM attilaturzo

  • 11 months ago

    IM attilaturzo

  • 11 months ago

    Ronliv

    Diagram 86, the structure would usually favor black in every phase of the game--the holes on b4 and d4 make the knight very valuable, and Black would be delighted to swap dark-squared bishops, ridding white of his bishop pair and highlighting the weakness of the dark squares on b4, c5, and d4. In diagram 87, we have the same position, but the pawn is on c2. suddenly white has all the chances since the Knight can be contained by c3. Pawns can't move backwards, so every time they advance, potential control of squares is lost.

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