Possession of Diagonal near King easily worth a Rook

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Any experienced chess player will tell neophytes to the Royal Game that there are NO unconditional rules governing the strategy and tactics of the game they are addicted to. However, a common tactical motif is diagonal hegemony near the enemy Monarch.

In the following 3 minute no increment(increment versus no increment at ICC is like smokers versus non-smokers), Rolying, playing out of the country of Cuba, played a variation of the Benoni where he chose to open the e-file.

White was tickled pink when the Cuban chess player unthematically gave up his fianchettoed g7 Bishop for the White tower at a1. The White Rook at a1 would have eagerly divulged to Igor and Lisa┬áthat he was inactive and would be proud to give himself up for the tempo consuming g7 Laufer. The Kraai novel seriously espouses, as does the author of Seven Deadly Chess Sins, considering the predispositions and sentiments of your pieces before making a move or creating a plan. As puerile as this sounds, this USCF expert has won some games based on the advice of Kraai and Rowson. So don’t knock something that sounds initially silly if it has pragmatic value.

I mean how many times have you wasted time moving a rook that was being attacked by a minor piece that has moved three times!!? Think about it from a standpoint of development and time which are all key elements of chess strategy.

Back to the diagrammed position where Black has just stuck his Bishop into the heart of White’s King Side on the pawn supported g2 square. How could the second player NOT be winning with his Rook’s e-file hegemony and Queen poised for the kill on the g4 square?

The key to understanding White’s unbelievably swift counterplay it noting that Black is indefensibly weak on the a1-h8 dark diagonal. One has to only figure out a way to liberate the defensibly placed Bishop at e1 to anticipate White’s counterattack which will give him winning chances and the psychological advantage of switching from defender to attacker.

If you can not figure it out, White’s best move is underneath the diagrammed position.

Long diagonal control near enemy King at least worth a rook
Long diagonal control near enemy King at least worth a rook

 

 

 

 

 

In a surprising reversal of fortunes, Qf6, sacrificing his f1 Rook, turns the game in White’s favor although with best play the game is likely drawn in perpetual check finale.

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