Chess Lesson – Excerpt 1

The following two excerpts are from our chess lesson focused on “Piece Out of Play” and “Obstruction of the Pieces.” This lesson is part of the “Piece Quality” section from Month 3 of the Grandmaster Package.

The significance of this lesson is eloquently highlighted by World Chess Champion, José Raúl Capablanca:

“Very often in a game, a master only plays to cut off, so to speak, one of the pieces from the scene of actual conflict. Often a Bishop or a Knight is completely out of action. In such cases we might say that from that moment the game is won, because for all practical purposes there will be one more piece on one side than on the other.”

In our lesson, we begin by explaining the six ways a piece can become out of play. We then demonstrate four methods to gain an advantage when a piece is out of play.

We focus particularly on knights and bishops, which, as Capablanca highlighted, are the most frequently obstructed pieces. Below, in our first excerpt, we delve into how a rook can be obstructed and left out of play:

In the next lesson, we will examine an interesting example of the queen being obstructed and left out of play.

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