Finding Outposts

In this week’s problem, White clearly has the better position, as there are weak squares in Black’s camp, and the White pieces are better posted than the Black pieces.

How does White to move find a way of getting control of the c-file? White has several good moves, but the best idea here is to try to activate your worst pieces.

The solution to last Monday’s problem is 1. Qc1. White wants to play Ba3 and exchange the Black Bishop on d6. This leaves the black squares in Black’s position without their natural defender.

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.