Learning all of these subjects was an eye-opening experience, as I had no idea there was such a vast amount to learn. In fact, as I mentioned before there is still a lot left for me to work on! But I have always been a student of learning as well as a student of whatever subject I am studying, and I was left with a feeling that there was something missing from the process that could have made it easier, or perhaps more efficient.
Here’s an example – BLACK has a pawn at d4; WHITE moves his e2-pawn to e4; had WHITE moved to e3m the BLACK d4 pawn would have been able to capture so now he can capture en-passant on his next move. But if BLACK decides to make another move instead, he gives up his right to capture.
With algebraic notation, each different chess piece is either a letter or symbol and will have a number with it. Notation are not long written out sentences of what moves a player made but more of a shorthand description of what moves occurred during game play. Each move will have at least one letter or symbol and number.
Want to get the most freedom of your pieces right off the bat? Move the pawn in front of your king forward. While this may seem like it is leaving the king in a vulnerable position, it is also freeing up the queen and bishop to wreak havoc on your opponent!
The Pawns on the board symbolize serfs, or simple the hard working lower folks. Presently there are a lot more of them on the board, compared to any other piece on the board and usually they are sacrificed to save the much more valuable pieces. In medieval times, serfs were considered to be no more than property of landowners, or chattel. They were mostly left unprotected even though battles were ongoing all around them.
In the open tournament of Nice (France) in 2001, there was this Italian player who kept his jacket on his knees and who very often checked out what time it was by taking his watch from the pocket of the jacket. He was consulting a mini chess-computer. This kind of behavior is, of course, forbidden and relatively easy to catch and stop.
Very soon, Carlsen was forced to make another concession and swap his bishop for a somewhat passive knight. That gave Anand something to build on in terms of a space advantage based on the strongpoint on d4, coupled to the bishop pair on an open board.