I would like to start off this article with some amazing news – today I will reveal the author of our next chess course “Converting Your Advantage into a Full Point”. 🙂 So who is it? Find out in the e-cover below: Yes, the author is none other than IM Valeri Lilov, one of the best authors and a highly-instructive teacher! The course is in its final stages and will be released on Monday, 1 January 2018. Please, stay tuned for more details. Thanks for your patience!
Meanwhile, let me share with you a couple of practical examples, where you can see how the transformation takes place –how the player with the advantage is able to convert it into a full point.
Nimzowitsch – Capablanca
Black to play
We can see that Black’s pieces are better placed than White’s. His queen is in an active diagonal (f6-b2), his rook is on an open d-file, a bishop is in the center of the board, while almost all White’s pieces are on the first rank. Therefore, we can consider that a small advantage.
White offers the exchange of knights. Now comes the real question – how should Black proceed? How can he successfully convert the advantage he has into a win?
Kramnik – Aronian
White to play
White has an outside passed pawn (on the a-file) and he is two pawns up. Further, he has the advantage of having a bishop for Black’s knight. And most of White’s pawns are placed on the color of the bishop’s square (i.e. Black). Therefore, White has more than enough advantage here.
How can White transform his advantage into a win? Try to find a concrete plan.
After calculating all possible variations for these two puzzles, you can compare your answer with the actual games in the PGN below: