Thursday 8 December 2022

Capturing thin air

 The idea of targeting and occupying weak squares can be a strange concept when coaching younger players. Having been instructed to look for checks and captures,  being asked to now look to 'capture squares' can be confusing. In some instances such advice will be ignored, but in other cases, it can lead to over thinking, where more substantial targets are ignored. 

In trying to locate a good example, I cam across this very fine game by Botvinnik against Donner. Occupying c6 with a knight is clearly the goal, but fortunately, it creates enough direct threats that the concept of 'good pieces lead to good tactics' is also easy to show.

Botvinnik,Mikhail - Donner,Jan Hein [A14]
Amsterdam GAK Amsterdam (4), 15.12.1963

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