Isolating a piece – part 2

10/15/2003 – Did you attend last week's lecture on isolating a piece? This Thursday our Playchess.com chess trainer Dorian Rogozenko tells you how to cut off your opponent's pieces from the main battlefield. Here are the details...

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GM Dorian Rogozenko writes: "Everybody has heard knows about isolated pawns, but much less is known is the concept of playing against a piece, usually knight or bishop, but sometimes even the queen, until it is completly isolated. Last week's lecture was on the strategic idea of isolating a piece. It started with classical examples and then went on to show how grandmasters use such ideas in modern tournament practice. Moreover there are some opening variations in which the main strategical idea is to play against a specific piece and try to isolate it from the main battle field that will arise during the game. All in all this is an interesting strategical subject, little studied, but very effective in the practice.

In today's training session I will present the second part of the previous subject – isolating a piece. Besides continuing to show examples of how to get one of the opponent's pieces cut off from the main battlefield, I will also show and explain when an isolated piece can be very strong even without taking part in any active actions. I will also present some examples when right from the opening a side is trying to cut off a whole opponent's wing, thus practically isolating several pieces. As usual the collection of examples will inculde classical games as well as modern encounters, from recent tournament practice."

GM Dorian Rogozenko's lectures begin at 21:00h server time (= MET, Middle European Time), which translates to 20:00h London and 3 p.m. New York. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client here.

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