Binding the Grand Prix: West Chester Quads, Round 1

Apr 3, 2011, 6:58 PM |

How do you play a bind?  If you get your opponent cramped and tied up, and you are enjoying a nice space advantage, what do you?  Well, I like to think in terms of limiting the opponent's options.  If you can find a plan that takes options--squares--away you will make progress.

In this example, which occurred in West Chester on Saturday, I had an example to play a bind where I got a pair of Bishops. Normally, you think in terms of opening up a position when you have a pair of Bishops. Here, I found a plan that involved closing it so that I could penetrate on the light squares.