Even more little things to help your chess game

Yes, I made another one Article “Little Things” (highlighting IM Cyrus Lakdawala again).

Why another? Because I think it’s very instructive. See (and understand) a ton of them and your chess IQ should skyrocket.

Again, I give you five more riddles. And, again, do your best to solve them. Then look at the many notes hiding behind the board. As always, if you can’t solve them, ADJUST that little “?” score and all the goodies will fall at your feet.


The sound of the black knights snapping


Principles by Lakdawala

Cyrus gives us principles:

  • When the opponent has the pair of bishops, exchange one of them.
  • Black’s king will be much safer with the removal of white’s best minor piece.
  • White is likely to end up with a bishop who recalls slightly badly.


You are the creator

Black has two bishops against White’s bishop and knight, so Cyrus wants to find a way to make the bishops more active. The answer is simple and strong.


Never tell yourself that you can’t

White has a good position, and he played 14.Rfd1, which is a perfectly correct move (White eventually won). BUT…there was another idea that was even better.


Make optimal use of what you have

It looks like White has a strong attack. What would you do if you had the black pieces?

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