The knights or the bishops?

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9/12/2006 – Which is more important: the centralized knight or the long-term potential of the two bishops? Nigel Short argues for the knights while Granda Zuniga likes the bishops. On this week's Radio Show Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin also shows us how to play the white side of the Pirc. Enjoy a feast of good chess.

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In this weeks radio show we feature a selection of interesting recent games.

Mickey Adams demonstrates the most exact way to play the white side of a Pirc.

Adams,Mi (2732) - Bosboom Lanchava,T (2389) [B06]
4th Staunton Mem London/Crowthorne ENG (6), 19.08.2006
1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Be3 c6 5.Qd2 b5 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.h3 Nbd7 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Ne2

Which is more important: the centralized knight or the long-term potential of the two bishops? Nigel Short argues for the knights:

Short,N (2676) - Gormally,D (2513) [B51]
ch-EU Liverpool ENG (5), 10.09.2006
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.c3 Nf6 5.Qe2 Bd7 6.d4 cxd4 7.cxd4 a6 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 9.Nc3 g6 10.d5 Bd7 11.e5

whereas Granda Zuniga likes the bishops:

Oms Pallise,J (2511) - Granda Zuniga,J (2634) [D43]
VII Open Tarragona ESP (4), 22.08.2006
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.g3 Nd7 8.Bg2 dxc4 9.0-0 Be7 10.e3 0-0 11.Qe2 e5 12.Qxc4 Nb6 13.Qe2 exd4 14.Nxd4 Re8

Finally, Dreev just takes the Tarrasch pawn:

Dreev,A (2666) - Yemelin,V (2516) [D32]
59th ch-RUS 1st League Tomsk RUS (3), 05.09.2006
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.dxc5. Can this be good?

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Weekly Puzzle

B. Horwitz, 1889

The attacking potential of the opposite colour bishop can occasionally last all the way through to the ending. In this lovely study, it's White to play and win.

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