How Critical Converting Your Advantage into a Win is?

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: Converting Your Advantage into a Full PointYes, 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

Nimzowitsch vs 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

Kramnik vs 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:

how to analyze chess games

  • male Gupta

    outstanding sir just loved it happy new year igor sir to you and to your family waht do you think about the riyadh event that is taking palce in saudi arabai.???

    • RCA_moderator

      Thanks. It was a very entertaining tournament and price fund was good as well. Anand and Carlsen played really well. They promised next time all countries will be able to participate. Hopefully that is true.

      Prasaadh | Support

      • male Gupta

        thxx laot sir for your comment gret great happy new year to you

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  • Anup rajawat

    Hello Igor,Today I was doing practical part of 2 bishops where you are suggesting us to keep them on board if we keep them on board then we will not able to occupy weak squares But in weak squares lessons you are suggesting to exchange bishops to occupy weak squares I have confusion when we should keep our bishops and when we should occupy weak square you ns Is there any particular way to know in any situation. ?please let Igor Smirnov to answer this .

    • RCA_moderator

      Igor has a busy schedule and may not be able to answer all the questions personally.

      Prasaadh | Support

  • Anup rajawat

    Hello sir , Do you have any plan for composing Course on Theoretical Endgames is yes please tell me and if don’t please suggest me any other good author’s courses or videos for learning theoretical endings easily and perfectly

    • RCA_moderator

      Hi Anup,
      GM Igor prefers giving lessons on practical endgames like Endgame Expert.
      A famous extensive endgame manual is Dvoretskys Endgame Manual.

      Prasaah | Support

      • male Gupta

        also drovestky series with jan gustaffson on chess through video serires is also fantatsic

    • Hi Anup,

      I used Panchenko endgame book to study theoretical positions.

      As Prasaadh stated, normally I don’t make such lessons myself, because it’s a well-known subject covered by tons of books and authors already. Actually you may pick any one, and you can find lots of materials available for free. Pay attention to basic pawn and rook endgames as they are the most frequent.

      • male Gupta

        thx sir alot

  • Viral

    Hello Sir
    My game is little good but my biggest mistake is I am not a aggressive player so how to improve my game sir please help me sir

    • RCA_moderator

      Happy New Year!!
      Igor encourages active play.
      One technique that Igor suggests is looking at the opponent’s half of the board and seeing how you can attack it and put your pieces there.
      Another thing that you can use is when your opponent makes a threat instead defending you can look for ways to counter-attack or create a stronger threat.

      Prasaadh | Support

  • Lovro Glavina

    Igor can you please explain to me why is in queen’s pawn openings like Nimzo indian and QGD good for black to play c5? It doesn’t prepare development of minor pieces, only queen which we shouldn’t do early. And people say Nc6 isnt good because it blocks c pawn, but it follows your principle of least active piece and maximum activity.

  • Lovro Glavina

    Igor your GM Secrets course is probably your best course ever! Really like it!
    One thing I’m confused about. In practical part, sometimes you say that we should try to make forcing moves when there’s is contact between the pieces, while sometimes we should keep the tension; and in those times when forcing moves don’t win material or something like that you still say they’re good. How that?

    • RCA_moderator

      Thanks for the question. Igor may not be able to answer all the questions due to his schedule.

      Releasing the tension by capturing opponent’s forces usually favors your opponent. Because when they recapture they put their pawns or prices in a more active square for free.

      But when there is a forcing variation where you can win material, you should do that.

      Prasaadh | Support

      • male Gupta

        thxx alot sir

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