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I'm more curious as to how people would play with the extra knight. Would you play ultra-solid and try to just hold the position for an equal series of trades into a possibly winning endgame, or would you play aggressively and try to use the extra piece in an attack?
I think the best strategy would be to play completely normally, unless you see a chance to make and even trade. I would probably still trade if I had to give up a little something to get it. Altering your play too much because you have an extra piece seems to only hurt.
I think I could beat almost any player up a knight at standard time controls. If they gave me a rook there is no question that I would win.
That's a pretty bold statement for a 1500+ blitzer. I doubt you could beat A GM even with queen odds. Take it from people who know and have more experience: You have no idea how difficult it is to hold a winning advantage against a master when you yourself are not.
Hah! I could beat god with queen odds! Remember we aren't talking blitz here. Thinking about it more a piece might not quite be enough, but we're talking about standard tournament time controls, not G/5.
Given your "experience", you must know how enormous of an advantage a queen is?
Given my experience, I know how easy it is to lose a queen's advantage in the matter of half a move. And how easy it is to be grinded down even when a knight up. It is always harder to get the actual result than to talk about it.
Come on now, any 1900+ FIDE would easily win a piece up- unless we talk about rapid/blitz games.
I wish we could experiment with your theory somehow...I think I would lose for sure...
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