Understanding before Moving 3: Queen in the corner

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11/29/2020 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the third part of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving" Herman talks about the activity of the pieces, and explains why a queen usually should not be in the corner of the board. | Photo: Hans Hoornstra

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Understanding before Moving 3: Queen in the corner

In this show we are going to look at a very important strategic element: the activity of the pieces. Of course, every club player knows that the more active your pieces are, the bigger the chances that you have an advantage. The opposite is also true: the more passive your pieces become, the bigger the chances to lose.

In this video show we are going to look at examples in which is the enemy queen is chased to the corner. If the enemy queen has to watch the battle from the sidelines, we will usually have a great plus on the other side of the board.

Here's a warm-up: In the diagram position White is a pawn down, but how can he still get a decisive advantage?


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sjb sjb 11/30/2020 09:05
Is the FEN download correct? I don't think FEN has names or things in it, only the board position.
brownj brownj 11/29/2020 05:42
Interestingly the study composer Simkhovitch used this theme in many of his compositions.