Two Knights Triumphant Over Two Bishops in Open Position

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The following chess position, showing two knights without pawn supported advanced outposts, defies the old chess dictum that open positions favor the two Bishops. Remember the dogma of Tarrasch and others stressing the importance of having pawn support for Knights? Makes one wonder how many young and learning chess players give up on the analysis of variations where Knights could occupy squares deep into enemy territory that do NOT have pawn supported outposts.

One of Jeremy Silman’s favorite positions in his well known middle game Bible involves a Knight that is planted on strong square on opponent’s side of the board without pawn support.

I can not close without referring you to the blog of John Chernoff which has priceless commentary on the value of Knights in rapid chess even though I will add that his instructive remarks carry over to longer games and even postal chess!

BTW, do any of you California dudes know why John Chernoff’s chess blog only has two posts? Maybe he gave up on it and does not know how to delete it at blogspot? His last post was in, like , 2010.

Two Knights winning against two Bishops in Wide Open Chess Position
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