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Subject:  Strat Discussion - Chasing Minor Pieces w/Pawns Date:  3/1/2002  10:21 AM
Author:  psuasskicker Number:  113 of 9208

The mj - JT game brought up an interesting point worth having your minor pieces chased by pawns a good thing or a bad thing?

The game itself brings up two examples of it that clearly demonstrate possible advantages and disadvantages to placing your minor pieces into positions where they can be chased around. Let's take a look first at the disadvantage.

1. e4 Nf6; 2. d3 d5; 3. Nc3 e6; 4. exd5 Nxd5; 5. Nxd5 exd5 Note that all that has happened to this point is that black has a bit more space than white in the center after the trades were made.
6. Nf3 Bc5?
JT put the question-mark after his sixth move and I don't necessarily disagree with that move. Mj's actual play was the smart 7.d4 which just chases the bishop off of c5. The discussion previous to that move was that JT felt he had more control over e5 and d4 than mj. Turns out this is not exactly true. I would actually argue that control over e5 is still up in the air, and mj (white) actually controls the d4 square, because with a knight and queen defending a d4 advance, it can easily chase the bishop away.

This actually chases the bishop to a different square. The bishop has three viable options.
1) Retreat to b6 - A move that may pin the bishop badly in the future. A later c3 followed by b4 advance would entomb the bishop until black's c pawn and queen move to allow it back into the game. This would turn black's bishop very bad for some