Monday, December 19, 2011

A position has its own preferences

To understand a chess position is to understand its own unique preferences. This is why the pair of bishops can be worse than the pair of knights, in certain positions. Likewise, sometimes a queen is not enough to win against a knight and a pawn, and so on. Therefore, every position contains open files that should be occupied by heavy pieces, special squares that should be occupied by knights, key diagonals for the bishops, a key path that will be used later on by the king. Knowing the key files, diagonals and squares is great because this serves as a guideline when making the concrete decision at the board - which move to make next?