Perhaps you have heard before that “If one piece is in a bad position, the whole position is bad.” The concept of using the other player’s bad piece to their advantage is well-known and quite often we see this strategy utilized by masters. For some reason, that piece is usually the bishop. A bishop could be blocked by his own pawns or by the other side’s, and it is hard to find a way out of this situation.
While looking at different games this week, I saw two beautifully-played games by White, and each time the theme was the same as the above. It was hard to choose which one I should analyze, so I will at least provide a very short analysis of one of them before going into a deeper analysis of the other one.
The first game:
The moral of the story is to be careful when it comes to having a bishop that does not have many squares to move to. Of course, this principle can apply to other pieces, too.
Game of the Week is: Antipov, Mikhail vs. Brkic, Ante
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Edited by Della Almind