22. Oct, 2020

Beyond material

Chess is not simply a linear game of addition and subtraction; there are other laws that govern the royal game beyond a mere pawn and piece count. To understand a chess position properly, we should not just count pieces at their face value, but also take into consideration qualitative factors such as king safety, mobility of the pieces, existence of important outposts and pawn weaknesses, initiative, etc - Davorin Kuljasevic, Beyond Material (2019)

In this position White has moved knight to a3 attacking the bishop.

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