"You see to me it’s just a minor thing"

"You see to me it’s just a minor thing"

Jun 3, 2016, 8:04 PM |

"I change the key from C to D
You see to me it’s just a minor thing"

Inspiration was drawn from the Red Hot Chilli Pepper's song "Minor Thing" in the post mortem to my game  (https://www.chess.com/blog/blohmoremoney/except-a-royal-flush).


The most important lesson I learnt from GM Bojkov's personal game review is that I have a misconception about Rook versus 2 Minor pieces. Inherently I wanted to trade pieces and enter an endgame, where I thought two minor pieces would be stronger, as there is simply a numerical advantage. I recall games such as Capablanca-Corzo where he used a Bishop and Knight with passed pawn to defeat a Rook.


I appreciate now that is it in the Middlegame where the strength of the two minor pieces vs Rook lies. In an endgame, the Rook is powerful as it can switch quickly from either side of the board both for attack and defence.

Sicilian Middlegame Themes: The e6 square

In this position I played 17. Rd3 with an attempt to place pressure on the d-file.

A better plan is laid out by Kamsky, to attack the e6 square. He will prepare the advance of the f-pawn to ask questions of the e6 pawn, either threatening control of d5 should the pawn capture, or outright targetting the e6 pawn. A model game is Kamsky-Ponomariov, Khanty-Mansiysk 2007 1-0


Coordinating Minor Pieces for the Middlegame

In the game I played 25. Qe2 with a view to target a6. However, this leaves f4 undefended.
Much better was 25. Qf3 which does the same job as defending the Bishop, but also defends f4 and allows the Bishop to breathe.

Model Endgame arising from Sicilian Richter Rauzer

Model Endgame of Rook against Two Minor Pieces
Taken from Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
Reference Material: "The Rook is the strongest Piece"