Thursday, November 23, 2017

Queenstown Open 2017 Highlights: Part 2

At last, I have some time (while running away from the fact that I am supposed to study for finals) to do a quick looking through of my Queenstown games. Today, I will share the analysis for a few highlighted games, so here goes:

Round 2: Pawn couples, yay or nay?

I’m sure many of us are familiar with pawn structures like this:

Black’s isolated pawn couple can be very dangerous, for they may advance anytime to create a passed pawn. But the words “isolated” always signal a problem: Infantrymen left alone in the open cannot survive without assistance by the rear elements. If these pawns are not supported by friendly artillery, then they cannot make good progress, and may instead become targets of attack!

"Where was our artillery when we needed them!?"

I learned this the hard way in Round 2:

Round 6: Beware the two bishops!

Finally, it was my turn to teach my opponents an important lesson: The suppressing power of the two bishops cannot be underestimated, least of all by a mere rook!

Maybe a 3-second burst of suppressing fire should take down those castle walls

Round 7: More squares!

I know, I’ve talked about squares so many times in my IFG 2017 articles. Somehow, I always keep ending up in closed positions where square control becomes key, such as my final game in Queenstown 2017. Though admittedly, such a position arose because of my misjudged plan on move 13:

It was a good break looking at these games before my finals. Hope everyone learned from them, and here’s to more good games in the upcoming Cairnhill Chess Festival 2017!

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