Game of the Week XXI: Antipov, Mikhail (2609) – Brkic, Ante (2592)

Game of the Week XXI- Antipov,Mikhail (2609) - Brkic,Ante (2592)

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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Contributors:

Grandmaster Vasif Durarbayli

Edited by Della Almind

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