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wschmidt 118 ( +1 | -1 )
Novice Nook #44 OK, we skipped a couple weeks because of the holidays and the snow storms in Denver, but we're back with a vengeance now. Novice Nook #44 is an excellent read, called "A Defense Primer" and it's got some great advice on the subject.
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There are at least two items in it that I'd never thought of or read about before and I'll wager a lot of other novice/intermediates would say the same after reading the article. They both derive from the following statement:
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"Criteria that normally make a big difference in balanced positions become much less important when things are imbalanced."
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The two ideas he develops from that are, (1) "Suppose your oppnent wins a small amount of material - say a pawn - very early in the game, before you have castled. Then you might want to do as much as possible to see that you castle on opposite side!" and (2) "It is much better to lose material in such a way that you don't have a complete subset of your opponent's material".
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You'll have to go to the article to get the examples and further explanation of those ideas. It's worth it. The link is:

-> www.chesscafe.com
cascadejames 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks! As usual this is a useful article for those of us who are still learning the basics.