In dhess we have many generalised rules which have been derived based on years of experience but same time smart people also find the ways to go opposite and scores some beautiful wins. When we see this (of course I am not talking about IMs and GMs… it’s about us), we become confused. How are they able to do it? It might be that you are reading too many chess books to improve and they are not. Joking apart the soul of their creativity is the concrete evaluation of positions. Nigel’s weekly analysis with video commentary (available for full member on www.tigerchess.com) is great tool to improve in this area. Here is a position taken from the game of Richard Reti against Arthur Kaufmann.
Position after Black’s 21…Nc4
Q1 What do you think about White’s bishop on d2 and Black’s knight on c4? Would it be good trade for Black or White?
Q2 Evaluate the position and find the key weakness/es in White’s camp?
Of course White’s bishop on d2 is a bad piece compared to Black’s knight on c4 so at first glance it would not be wise for Black to trade. But when you look bit deeper you will find that White has a weak backward pawn on e3 and this bishop is a key defender. So Black can afford to make this trade. Here are the rest of the moves.