Saturday, November 27, 2010

Rooks are the Key

Any opening that caters to the rooks will automatically be a good one for the other pieces.

We should test any opening chiefly by the prospects it offers to ambitious young rooks.
 How is a rook to blossom? In one way only: through an exchange of pawns. Such an exchange need not be hurried. It is sufficient if the possibility of exchange is there on the board, ready to be utilized at any time.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Guidelines for Playing Endgames with Bishops of Opposite Color

1. Place your pawns on the square of opposite color to that of your own bishop.
2. Use your King to command squares not controlled by your bishop.
3. Look to secure a passed pawn, or at least complicate the position by playing on both wings.