The three most important principles of chess: Round-10 Highlights

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Less is more” really is a very nice quote by Mies Van der Rohe. Sometimes, simple and logical decisions are the best ones. This applies to chess as well. If you UNDERSTAND the game, you can easily find the best moves at any position.


To help you understand this more clearly, IM Valeri Lilov has published the highlights of the tenth round of the recent Indian National Premier Chess Championship.


In this video, Lilov annotates two of the most interesting games of the round played: GM Shyam Sundar vs FM Praneeth Surya and GM Sethuraman vs IM Swapnil S. Dhopade
Indian National Premier Chess Championship 2015Also, Lilov discusses about the 3 most important principles of a chess game:


  • Speed of the attack
  • Fight for initiative
  • Never underestimate the power of strong and advanced pieces


Let’s take a look at a position from the game.
Indian National Premier Chess Championship 2015

Black to play


It’s a position with opposite side castling and both players are trying to make a strong attack. Speaking of which, White played f4.


What do you think about this move? Does this move stick to the PLAN of the attack? Also, think about Black’s continuation here. After calculating all these, you can watch the video below and learn the 3 most important principles of a chess game! 🙂


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P.S. Did you enjoy the lesson? Feel free to write your comments below.
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  1. Great lesson! Thanks. The idea of the pawn sac to open the a7-b1 diagonal, followed by transferring the bishop to this diagonal, is obvious once you see it, but so easy to miss during a game. A key idea well worth remembering. Not to mention that the e8-knight will be beautifully posted on d6, where it can no longer be attacked.

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