January 30, 2016

Weak Squares in Chess

  • Grand Master Igor Smirnov, Chess Coach, Author and Publisher.
  • Today we have an interesting topic to discuss. It is called the weak squares in chess. And the immediate question that comes to mind is – what are weak squares?
    Weak Squares in ChessA perfect definition would be: a square is weak when it is controlled by your opponent and you have little or no chance of regaining control of that square, due to a lack of pieces that can effectively fight it.


    Typically, pawns that could have controlled the square would have moved past it and, of course, cannot move backwards to help guard it. Single weak squares are often called “holes”. Now, let me show you a practical example of a weak square:
    Weak Squares in ChessIn the above position, you can see that most of the light squares (for Black) on Black’s kingside are controlled by the White pieces and pawns. Those squares are called weak squares or holes for your pieces.


    It is an important positional advantage for you if your opponent has weak squares. Here comes the next series of questions:


    • What to do with your opponent’s weak squares?
    • How to control or occupy them?
    • How to launch an attack against them?
    • How to use your pieces effectively?


    To answer these questions and to discuss lots more, our new guest coach IM Boroljub Zlatanovic has prepared a very instructive lesson for you. :)
    IM Boroljub ZlatanovicIn this lesson, Boroljub shows you an excellent example from one of his own games where he destroyed his opponent just because of the fact that his opponent had a lot of weak squares.


    Aren’t you excited to see that game? :) Then watch the video lesson below:



    P.S. After watching the video lesson, please write in the comments below about our new guest coach and the lesson. Do you have your own games about “weak squares”? Feel free to discuss them! :)


    Quick Succes in chess

    • Dustin Combs

      I really liked the example game! Iam from America and I turned the subtitles of because i could understand him perfectly. It is obvious he is a very strong player, also very instructive I enjoyed the video lesson.

      • Boroljub Zlatanovic

        Thanks a lot, Dustin!

    • Drazen Klikic

      I liked it also. He has a clear cut in explanations, and this is only possible wenn one turly knows what is he talking about.

      • Boroljub Zlatanovic

        Thanks, Drazen!

    • Igor Smirnov

      Thanks for your feedback, guys! It helps me to plan new lessons according to your preference.

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