Good Knight Versus Bad Bishop

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In this blitz game played at ICC, White played an exchange variation against the French Defense. Often White can play for a good Knight versus a bad c8 Bishop, but in this particular rapid game White was left with his bad c1 Bishop.

White should not lose this game, but note that all but one of his pawns are placed on dark squares and Black can probably force the b3 pawn to advance to the dark b4 square. It is amazing how the topology of a chess position ( the location of the pawns ) can have such a momentous impact on the game. White’s own pawns are severely limiting the mobility of his prelate and observe that every Black pawn is situated on a White square which , of course , renders them immune to capture by impotent White Bishop. Also, it is a well-known chess axiom that fixed pawn structures favor Knights.

One plan for Back is to maneuver his steed to e4 pressuring the immobilized White queenside pawns and also eyeing the g3 pawn.

Good Knight Versus Bad Bishop French Defense
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