Thursday, February 22, 2018

Italian Game and Knight Outposts

Knights like to occupy outposts in enemy territory. Good strategy finds a hole where a knight cannot be driven away by a pawn. Winning strategy supports winning tactics or it fails. In the game between Sarah Hoolt and Jonathan Carlstedt, the players had mirror outposts on move 14. White had the prettier outpost, but Black had the better tactics.

Hoolt (2423) - Carlstedt (2413), Bundesliga 2017-18 Norderstedt GER, 03.02.2018 begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 Nf6 5.c3 a6 6.a4 d6 7.0-0 Ba7 8.Na3 0-0 9.h3 Ne7 10.Bg5 Ng6 11.Nh4 Kh8 12.Qb3 [12.Nxg6+ fxg6=] 12...Qe8 13.Bxf6 gxf6
14.Nf5? [14.Nxg6+ fxg6=] 14...Nf4 15.g3 [15.Ng3 f5-/+] 15...Bxf5 16.exf5 Qc6 0-1

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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