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It’sWhite’s Turn White has a pawn majority in the center. The “e” pawn has no counterpart. So white should move it. Nd5 protecting the f4 pawn. f5 XABCDEFGHY 8-+-vl-+k+( 7zpq+-+p+p' 6-zp-+-+p+& 5+-zpNzPP+n% 4P+N+-+-+$ 3+-+Q+-+-# 2-zP-+-zP-zP" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy white uses his pawn majority. f6. XABCDEFGHY 8-+-vl-+k+( 7zp-+q+p+p' 6-zp-+-zPp+& 5+-zpNzP-+n% 4P+N+-+-+$ 3+-+Q+-+-# 2-zP-+-zP-zP" 1+-+-+-mK-! xabcdefghy Though it blocks the white’s pawns, it cuts off all the black’s pieces. What is the white’s plan now?

Generally everything is quite simple. There is a lot of ready-made decisions and recommendations about it. Thus you don’t have to think hard during a game; you will simply follow the recommendations of this lesson. There is another important thing I’d like to tell you here. An Endgame Shows All The Strategic Motifs Clearly In a middlegame concrete tactical variations are often a decisive factor. An endgame illustrates clearly the strategic principles. That’s why 50 When You Improve Your Endgame Skills, You Improve Your General Strategic Understanding At The Same Time!

Xabcdefghy suddenly captures the bishop. This example illustrates, that the knights are very active in positions with numerous weaknesses. In this case knights have good squares to be placed on, have a lot of objects of an attack and can use tactical motifs. 65 Another Advantage of the Knight Is That It Can Restrict an Opponent’s King XABCDEFGHY 8-+-+-+-+( 7+-+-+-+-' 6-+-+-+l+& 5+p+k+-+-% 4pzP-+-+p+$ 3zP-+-zPpzP-# 2-+-sN-mK-+" 1+-+-+-+-! xabcdefghy White: Kf2, Nd2, pawns: a3, b4, e3, g3. Black: Kd5, Bg6, pawns: a4, b5, f3, g4.

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