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Friday, June 24, 2011

Chess Improvement Ideas.

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Chess improvement Ideas.

A pawn sacrifice for the initiative.

Material sacrifices aimed at gaining positional advantages may be regarded as a generally accepted method of struggle in the game of chess. Every chess player knows numerous examples  of profound and brilliant sacrifices changing the material relationships on the board. These are examples of the struggle between minor and active forces with superior but badly positioned enemy forces. In master;s practice we often come across queen and rook sacrifices. Minor pieces are sacrificed more frequently and are regarded as ordinary tactical operations. However, practice shows that pawn sacrifices shows that pawn sacrifices are the most difficult ones.

Really, when the chess player sacrifices the Queen or the rook, he usually obtains a tremendous positional advantage, which permits him to win back the sacrificed material very quickly or even to mate the opponent.

The positional gains as a result of pawn sacrifices are hardly not traceable. Besides, if pieces are sacrificed for the sake of permanent positional dividends, a pawn sacrifice on the other hand, is accomplished in order to have some small temporary advantage which may easily disappear during the game and then the pawn sacrifice cannot even be justified.

Alekhine sacrificed a pawn, may be divided into three groups depending on the positional factors behind such sacrifices :

1.  A pawn sacrifice for a superior development

2.  A pawn sacrifice for improving the positions of the pieces. 

3.  A pawn sacrifice for an attack against the enemy King.