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Each of the playing pieces has a specific role attached to it. As you learn to play the game on your wooden chess set, you will become more comfortable in the understanding of what each one can do. So go grab those wooden chess pieces, and we’ll look at each one.
One of black’s problems and white’s trumps is that white has undisputed control of the a-file and therefore, a more active rook. If black can get his pawns rolling, however, he will either open lines to activate his own rooks, or create dangerous passed pawns, or both. White will find it difficult to counter this because his queen doesn’t have much influence in the key half of the board.
The Bd4 move is good and keeps an edge while restricting counter-play. But the engines say 29…Bxb2 should win with lines like 30. Rae1 Rb6! 31. Bd5 Bd4 32. Rxe6 fxe6 33. Rxe6 Qf8! 34. Qg2 Rdd6. It’s highly complicated and white could go over into attack if there’s one mis-step.
Strategic plans used in the middlegame can also be used in conjunction with chess openings. These include preparing Pawn breaks to create a counterplay, creating weaknesses in the opponent’s Pawn structure, seizing control of key squares, and making favorable exchanges of minor pieces.
If you have a powerful computer and a fast Internet connection, it may seem that your opponent is getting extra time to make his or her moves. Actually, what’s probably happening is that your opponent has a slower computer or slower Net connection, and thus your clock is starting up sooner to compensate or the delay. No, the other player isn’t getting an advantage (because he or she won’t be able to see your last move any faster), our system is just leveling the playing field. In the end, you’ll both have the same amount of time to make your moves.
Bobby considered chess a physical activity. He swam to improve his cardiovascular circulation and ate healthy food, all to keep his mind in peak shape. This certainly has some truth behind it. Large chess tournament, as you may or may not know, have time controls that can allow a single game to last up to 6 hours. After a few hours your mind starts to seem sluggish which means that not enough blood is going to your head for you to think clearly. There are a few way to avoid this with one being to stay in great physical shape. Many people avoid this by getting up and stretching a bit or by walking over to the water cooler to get a drink. A lot of people will say that this will ruin your concentration but this simply isn’t true. What will ruin your concentration however is sitting like a couch potato for 6 hours.