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Playing with Material Imbalances

Playing with Material Imbalances

By CCSCATL

Join GM Ben Finegold as he demonstrates how to play with unbalanced material. He shows two of his own games against young American masters and demonstrates how minor pieces can attack effectively, even when the opposing side has an extra rook!

  • Playing with Material Imbalances - Part 1

    When asked by a group of top juniors for one of his best games, GM Ben Finegold only had to go back a few weeks in his memory bank to dig out a beautiful win over a promising youngster. Reminiscent of the Frankenstein-Dracula Opening, the Grandmaster offers his queenside rook, several pawns, and then eventually sacrifices the queen en route to exposing White's king! Watch and learn how passive rooks get overwhelmed by active minor pieces.

    • 23 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Playing with Material Imbalances - Part 2

    GM Ben Finegold sacrifices the exchange again in another brilliant combination. He channels his inner 19th-century persona and acts like Morphy in his stylistic treatment of the Sicilian. The tactic is far from obvious, and is pleasing in that Black has many options but no path for a safe king escape. Enjoy this thrilling king hunt!

    • 22 min
    • 5 challenges
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