There is a strategy to beat a chess program without thinking too much by just following basic principles like force, mobility, and safety. I had a chance of playing tournament chess during my childhood years and I would like to share to you some things that might be a great help especially for intermediate players. Nowadays, we are lucky to find strong opponents by just downloading free chess programs like Stockfish. For this discussion I will use its Android Version, Droidfish.
The Stockfish Chess Engine has a high estimated Elo Rating, around 3000 plus and that is very intimidating so I chose level 5 because this is the level that I have been experimenting. I will try to make also some posts for different levels and different chess topics in the near future. Although the title is too broad to explain, I will show you only one game as a basis for my explanation wherein I played Black in a closed KIngs Indian Defense.
You should always remember that Chess programs have weakness on closed games but they are excellent on open and tactical games.
King’s Indian Defense
White (Droidfish) Black (michaelnel)
- c4 Nf6
- Nf3 g6
- d4 Bg6
- Nc3 O-O
- e4 g6
- Be2 e5
- O-O Nc6
- d5 Ne7
Position after Black’s 8th move, Ne7
For intermediate players, I presume that you have a basic knowledge of King’s Indian Defense. Eight moves could be enough. In this position, forces, mobility, and safety are almost equal. I will refer to these basic principles as we analyze the moves and try to incorporate this idea in your game.
- h3 b6
- Be3 h6
- Qd2 Kh7
- Rae1 Nd7
position after White’s 12th move, Rae1
After White’s 12th move, his King’s Rook has no mobility unless he plans a breakthrough on the f-file via f4. Now I will prevent him by making my own breakthrough.
- Qc2 f5
- Nh4 f4
Position after Black’s 14th move, f4
In this position, I think I have the advantage because White’s King is somewhat in danger. His King’s Rook has no mobility compared to my King’s Rook. Forces are imbalance because Black’s pieces are ready to launch a Kingside attack.
- Bc1 a6
- Nf3 g5
- b3 Ng6
- Nh2 Nf6
- Ng4 Nxg4
- hxg4 Nh4
- Qd3 Bd7
- Ba3 Qc8
- Qd1 Rf7
- Kh2 Qf8
- Bf3 Qc8
- Bb2 Qf8
- a3 Qc8
- Be2 Qf8
- f3 Re7
Position after White’s 29th move, f3
This Chess Engine always tries to avoid a draw so when he realized that I had a repetition of moves, he played f3 instead of Bf3. This move restricts more his mobility. All I need now is to open the King’s Rook file via h5.
- Rf2 Qf7
- Rh1 Kg8
Position after White’s 31st move, Rh1
At last, White has finally liberated his King’s Rook and will try to join the battle on the h-file.
- Kg1 h5
- gxh5 Qxh5
- a4 Qg6
- a5 Kf7
- Qa1 Bf6
Position after White’s 36th move, Qa1
It seems that White can not join the fight on the Kingside so he tries to counterattack on the Queenside. The same principle applies. White’s King is not safe. Your attack should continue to build up on the Kingside.
- axb6 cxb6
- Qa3 g4
Position after White’s 38th move, Qa3
Black’s pawn at d6 is not safe but it does not matter. White’s King is still in danger.
- fxg4 Bxg4
- Bxg4 Qxg4
- Qxd6 Rg8
Position after White’s 41st move, Qxd6
In this position, White has just captured the poisoned pawn at d6. There is no time to defend the rest of my Queenside pawns. I will use my Queen’s Rook to join the KIngside attack.
Position after Black’s 41st move Rg8
When the King is in danger, nothing else counts. White can capture all the pawns on the Queenside but his material advantage will not suffice to draw.
- Qc6 Rg7
- Rh2 Nf3+
- Rxf3 Qxf3
- Qxb6 Qg3
- Kh1 Kg6
- Rh3 Qe1+
- Kh2 Rh7
Position after White’s 48th move, Kh2
You will notice here that White’s minor pieces can not join the battle. I will make a rook exchange on the h-file to remove his piece that guards the King and I will exploit the absence of his forces on the Kingside to launch my final attack.
- Qg1 Qg3+
- Kh1 Bg5
- Rh2 Rh2+
- Qxh2 Rh7
- Qxh7+ Kxh7
Position after Black’s 53rd move, Kxh7
White has no choice but to lose his Queen. The rest is technique.
- c5 f3
- gxf3 Be3
- b4 Qg1#
Based on this game, the following tips should be remembered:
- Chess Engines have weakness on closed games. Try to practice closed defense like the one above.
- When materials are equal, try to concentrate your forces for a Kingside attack.
- Try to exploit your opponent’s weakness particularly his lack of mobility.
- When you have a decisive attack, do not try to waste time depending your pawns.
- Chess is fun so why think too much? Just remember Force, Mobility, and Safety.
Hope you have some fun in your games.
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