Understanding before Moving 36: Development advantage (2)

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7/18/2021 – 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 36th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to explain why it is so important to develop one's pieces as soon as possible. | Photo: Tommy Grooten

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Exploiting an advantage in development is not always easy. You have to play energetically and sometimes you have to sacrifice to seize the initiative and to hold on to it.

The question is, of course, what we should look for, and before we can answer that question, we must ask ourselves how the developmental disadvantage of the opponent came about. Did he bring his queen out too early, allowing us to gain time, did he move the same piece twice or even more often, did he wait too long to bring his king into safety or did he make too many pawn moves instead of developing his pieces?˜

If the opponent has 'violated' one or more of these principles you can sometimes activate your pieces quickly to launch action.

In this episode of "Understanding before moving" we look at two games, in which White quickly brought his pieces into play while his opponent did not castle, which made the king vulnerable and left the rook out of play. The diagram position is taken from the first game. How did White use his development advantage?


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