Knights and Queens

Knights and Queens

Jan 31, 2017, 4:28 PM |


[KNIGHTS]  White aims to keep the position as closed as possible to have maximum strength against the Queens.  White should advance the D and E pawns to free up center squares for the Knights.  Keep your pawns on the H file.  You should slowly advance your pawns without letting the Queens behind enemy lines. Always be weary of multiple Q sacrifices. 

[QUEENS] As a general rule, Black aims to open the position and coordinate the Queens. There are at least two ways to play this.  A) Immediate Attack.  B) Sit and Wait   

(IMMEDIATE ATTACK) This is an early attack on the H file. Black should ensure all of their moves have purpose towards attacking the H file, or its defenders.  Black should incorporate all 7 queens into the attack unless a defender is required. 7 Queens makes it possible to sacrifice 5 sometimes 6 queens and still deliver checkmate.

(SIT AND WAIT STRATEGY) This one requires more patience but it involves having your Queens roam and prod about the board,

(Tips for Black)
Opening Goal: Develop all of your Queens with coordinated aspirations.
Don’t close files, especially the H file.
You can Sacrifice 1 queen early on for two pawns and space, but doing this multiple times is often bad.
White will struggle developing his Knights smoothly. Early attacks are often possible, but they will usually involve the H file (sometimes the G file) as the center takes the longest to open up.  Plan and organize your attacks/sacrifices.  Q for 2N is usually a very favorable trade.

(Tips for White)
Opening Goal:  Trade off a few center pawns and fill the holes with backup pawns.  This also helps advance some of your Knights.
There’s usually no good reason to open the position.
2 good Knights are worth more than a Queen.
Your king can experience back rank issues.
Try to squeeze space slowly with your pawns, every territorial advance is increasingly valuable. Your H file is susceptible to heavy siege.  Locking up all the pawns is a dream, followed by flooding the center with your backup pawns.
An early attack of the H file must often be met with the transfer of knights from the queenside towards the king.
You may employ a strategy of queenside counter play at your discretion.