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
In 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?
First, 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.
Under 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.
If 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.