Piece coordination and maneuvering in chess Part-2

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Recently, we published a video lesson “Piece coordination and maneuvering in chess” prepared by our guest coach GM Levan Aroshidze. If you missed it, you can check it now here: LINK
teamworkIn that lesson, Levan taught you about involving your pieces in the play to some useful purpose. But I’ve a question for you now.

There is no assurance that our plans will work perfectly every time. As a chess player, you should be aware that the game may not always go in your favor. So what would you do in such cases? What if your idea of coordinating pieces stumbles?
questionFirst, accept my congratulations if you have already considered that! 🙂 Second, you need not worry, as we’ll help you out. So what is the solution?

When your plans seem not to be working, you definitely need to look for a better alternative. Sometimes it’s not about “piece coordination”. Instead, it’s about pressurizing the TARGET of attack.
targetUnder such circumstances, you need to identify your WEAKEST/MOST PASSIVE piece and should try to trade it with an opponent’s piece (if possible, try to trade it with your opponent’s BEST/MOST ACTIVE piece). Or you should try to convert your weakest piece into a better one.
improveIf you’ve already studied my course “Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding” (LINK), then good for you! I’ve explained almost everything about piece activity in this course.

Let me provide you with an example:

White to play

It’s White’s turn in the above position. What do you think is White’s weakest/most passive piece? How can you convert it into a better one?

After calculating all possible variations, you may watch the video lesson “Piece coordination and maneuvering in chess Part-2” below and check the whole answer along with more practical examples.

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  1. I watched the videos, Part-I & II. Very useful videos. But I felt these videos should’ve been released with training materials. I also feel other premium videos of RCA should be released with training tools. Apart from that, Thumb’s Up…!!!!

  2. Thankyu so much Igor sir this video .dear Igor what kind of advanced techniques does anand and gelfand uses in their Matches?? Can you please do a webinar on their advanced technique?? Thanks in advance.

  3. Hi Md. Shaihan,

    Thank you for your feedback! Glad you liked the video. We will certainly consider your suggestion for future videos.

    Best regards,
    Silvestras | Student Support Officer

    1. Welcome. Thanks for the earnest consideration. It will be REALLY great if videos are released with PRACTICAL PART too…!!!

  4. Dear Igor I have a request can you please tell us how caruana Peter leko and other supergm actually think during their games through a webinar ?? Thanks in advance

  5. Hi All,
    Sinquefield first round, I just went to look when Anand got in trouble.
    I simply looked for the question marks from an “official” commentaries.
    34…Bd6 !? (34…Ba3! was much better) …[my comment: obviously, it max activity and attacks a piece]
    36…Nb8? (37…Rb8!)… [my comment: Nb8 is a backward move, I’d not consider it unless all the others fail. 37..Rb8! attacks the knight on b3 and gives more scope to the rook)
    It’s good to see that:
    1) Those wrong moves violated some principles
    2) The correct moves were in accordance to the principles.
    3) My (well…our 🙂 ) thinking system (in no time) puts the correct moves on top of the candidate moves list.
    Very interesting, isn’t it?
    Best Regards,

    1. Hi DD,

      Thank you for a nice observation.

      Yes indeed, the moves based on general principles are the ones that come to mind first. However, these top players sometimes come up with very deep ideas, which require moves that violate the general principles.

      Best regards,
      Silvestras | Student Support Officer

    2. Great note! It’s very good you digested the principles so well that you can notice those errors easily.

      It takes a lot of discipline to follow the fundamental principles by your EVERY move, but the result is awesome.

  6. Hi ayush,

    Thank you for an interesting webinar idea! We will consider this for our future webinars.

    Best regards,
    Silvestras | Student Support Offcer

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