83 ( +1 | -1 ) Novice Nook # 41This week's article is an excellent discussion of some little devices that chess players use as their skills develop. Having them set out with clear examples may open up some novice eyes to possibilities that they may not have otherwise seen on the board. For example, #3, "Don't capture one of two forked pieces of equal value until one of them moves" makes perfect sense once it's pointed out to a player - but we've all played against players who rush in to take the rook right away.
Of course, as Heisman points out, there are times when those guidelines can't be used. If one of the forked pieces can move with check, you've lost the fork!
53 ( +1 | -1 ) Great article...... I particularly like the N+P ending to illustrate the point about giving up a trapped piece for time, rather than material or spatial considerations. Great stuff! The theme in the article's final endgame position, with the rook pinned, but the king defending the rook having to move away, giving up the rook outright, rather the exchange, is no rare occurrence in Chess (though the specific example given is pretty drastic): b Cheers, Ion