IM Arthur Shen: How to Use Your Minor Pieces 

Everyone knows that bishops and knights are both worth about 3 pawns (with some arguing that bishops are worth a bit more). Their actual worth can vary depending on the position. For instance, in closed positions, a bishop can be worth 2 pawns, while on a white open board it can be worth 4. I’ve always viewed having the superior minor piece as a material advantage. Exploiting this “material advantage” is very difficult, because it can evaporate at any time. Let’s see how one of the all-time greats, Bobby Fischer, converted a superior minor piece into a victory.

Attacking chess dvd. Alex Ostrovskiy and Arthur Shen

(Fischer – Tiamanov)


Every one of Fischer’s moves was logical, and can be explained in simple language. Let’s take a look at an example from my own games.

(Shen – Liang)

While not as effortless as Fischer’s game, I think my game demonstrates how the take advantage of the superior bishop. I hope these examples have been illuminating, and that you’ll be able to take advantage of superior minor pieces in your games.

Arthur Shenfrom in Edison, New Jersey was born in 1997.  Shen became a FIDE master in 2009 and he currently is a International Master. Shen was the winner of 2011 U.S. Cadet Championship and tied for second in both the Liberty Bell Open (2015) and the 2015 High School Nationals. He has been a member of the USCF All-American Chess Team from 2010 – 2015. He has also been recognized by the U.S. Chess Trust as a 2014 Scholar Chess Player Award winner.

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