News
About Natalia
Games
Our Team
Articles
Gallery
Chess Links
Play Chess
Pogonina's Chess Shop
Advertise
Contact Us

Highlights

 Follow Natalia on Twitter:

http://www.pogonina.com/images//nat%20twit.jpg

 
Please help Natalia promote chess by making a donation:



 

Link to Pogonina.com





Play chess at ChessOk

365Chess.com Biggest Online Chess Games Database





Goodluckmate.com - made an easier way to find Skrill casinos

Nettikasinot.media lists the best online casinos for Finnish gamblers. For more information visit: https://www.nettikasinot.media/suomalaiset-kasinot/  

For casino and games top lists visit online casino dollar to find the news source for the gambling industry.

Sweden is now a regulated market, which means that as a player you can only play at casinos with a license. See all regulated
casinos in Sweden by Mr casinova.

To find the best casino in Norway take look at
norske casino at CasinoPiloten.

Find the best Norwegian casinobonus at NyeCasinoNorge.org.

Get exclusive access to a
huge range of free spins & no deposit casino offers with Spin Bonus.

You'll find new online casinos in Finland if you visit nettikasinot Casinokokemus

Try the exhilarating new 20p Roulette game.
Play it online at thecasinodb and find casinos to play for real money.

Get the best casino bonus information with Casino Gorilla.

Casino lovers in Finland should visit Casino PWR, a unique guide to gambling in Finnish.

Play casino in New Jersey and find the best NJ Casinos.

Online Casino
in Mexico is growing rapidly. Find the best bonuses and promotions today.

Visit SR Casino - the fastest growing comparision site for casino online.


Italian slot lovers - play Book of Ra and get the big wins.


Visit Casinomir United Kingdom for top casino sites, game guides and the best UK offers.

Chess games at Gametop

CasinoAdvisers.com For you that want to find online casino strategies, guides and a good casino bonus!

 
   ...


Polls
What's your FIDE rating?

What should Natalia do to make Pogonina.com more interesting for you?

Who is your favorite active top player?

Poker or chess: what do you like more?

What's the largest monetary chess prize you ever won?

How much time per day do you spend on chess-related activities?

Do you have a special chess mascot (pen, badge, toy, etc.)?

Which time control do you prefer for over-the-board tournaments?

The strongest women's chess team in the world is

What is the strongest national chess team in the world?

Will Magnus Carlsen's rating reach FIDE 2900?

Do you think you can become a GM?

Dark and Light Square Weaknesses

User Rating: / 0
PoorBest 
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012


by Natalia Pogonina for her
Chess.com Tuesday column

Maybe you have heard of light and dark-square strategy. It is associated with exploiting weak squares of a certain color in the opponents camp.
 

The main reason why squares can become weak is lack of control over them by pawns. If, additionally, the opponents pawns control them, the squares are even weaker. Your own bishop of the required color can be useful in terms of protecting the squares, while the opponents bishop of that color is dangerous since it can easily sneak into your fortress.
 

How does one take advantage of the weak squares? Here is a plan. The order of the first three points depends on the situation.

1.      Transfer your pieces to the weakened squares.

2.      Fix the opponents pawns to make sure the weaknesses dont disappear. For example, play h5 for White while Blacks pawns are on h6-g7-f6.

3.      Trade pieces that act as guardians of the weak squares. Especially the bishop. Try to keep your own pieces that can burst into the opponents camp via the cracks.

4.      Once your opponents position becomes constrained, its time for the final assault. For example, a breakthrough on one of the flanks. Or an attack aimed at the king.


How does one create a weakness in the opponents position?


Make him move his pawns in an unbeneficial way. Weak players often forget that pawns cant move backwards, and tend to push them every time there is a chance to attack the opponents piece. Therefore, it is not difficult to provoke them. Then take control of the squares using your own pawns. The latter is not a must, but is often a good idea. Remember: to exploit weaknesses, you need pieces that can take advantage of them.


A typical example of creating dark-square weaknesses is losing the g7-bishop in the Dragon. Black usually tries to avoid it at all costs, and prefers to sacrifice an exchange instead.

sm_2011_zakonceni_05.jpg

Vlastimil Hort, at one point ranked #6 in the world, has a great chess experience. For example, against Boris Spassky alone he has played at least 42 offical games!

Photo by Martin Chrz


In my game against Czech legend Vlastimil Hort both sides had weak squares. In Whites case it was the dark squares that became weak after 13.c4. The intrusion squares were d4-c3-b4. One of the plans was to play Bc5 and Nd4, potentially targeting a2. Meanwhile, some of Blacks light squares became weak. White could have forced Black to stick to the h6-g7-f6-e5 setup, and exploit the light squares by Nh4-Qh5-Be4. However, my opponent didnt find that plan and ended up in a passive position. It was hard for him to cover his own weaknesses, so he should have concentrated on creating counter-play in Blacks camp via the light squares.
 



White didnt do well in the opening; Black got a comfortable position. After e4 the weakness of Whites queenside pawns became obvious. However, by making a few careless moves, I failed to win a very promising endgame. The mini-match was a tie: two draws.

Bookmark and Share



Comments (2)
1. Written by on 03:14 15 2012 .
 
 
 
2. Written by kenhabeeb on 01:39 16 2012 .
 
 
Thanks for that short lesson and game, Natalia. I heard about it via Twitter, as we follow each other there. There is always a new wrinkle in such strategic concepts, and I'm always happy to better my game in any way.
 

Write Comment
Name:
E-mail
Homepage
Title:
BBCode:Web AddressEmail AddressBold TextItalic TextUnderlined TextQuoteCodeOpen ListList ItemClose List
Comment:



Code:* Code

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 February 2012 )
 
< Prev   Next >