GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #9:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

KW explains Bent Larsen's
8-Point Method for Assessing Moves

[August 16th-22nd 2011]


Bent Larsen's 8-Point Method
for Assessing Moves

  1. What type of pawn structure is it?

  2. What is good and what is bad about my position?

  3. Which pieces do I want to exchange, and which do I want to keep?

  4. Which side of the board should I play on?

  5. What is my dream position?

  6. What does my opponent want to do?

  7. Can I take a step in the right direction?

  8. Which moves are worth taking a look at?


3. Which pieces do I want to exchange,and which do I want to keep?
If your opponent has a strong piece and you have a weak one, then you do not mind an exchange, and vice versa.

(KW, August 16th) We shouldn't mind exchanging White's Ne4 with Black's Be7 if we exchange on g5, as we would have the two Bishops, and we would have removed the one direct minor piece defender of Black's Kingside.

If we retake with Nf3xg5, we would not fear Nxe5, for then Qh5, with a mating attack in the air. The Ne5 could only really move to g6, where it would not be well placed to defend.

We would not want to exchange Ne4 by moving it to d6, as that will lose our e5 stronghold without sufficient compensation, and would allow Black's pieces room to manuever to get to the Kingside. That pawn is the wedge in the door. Remove it, and our door to the Kingside disappears.

We should not exchange White's QB for Black's Knight, unless absolutely necessary. It would be best if we could position such an exchange to retake with a pawn or another piece. This scenario is most likely on c3 right now. Moving our Queen to d2 would solve that issue.

Since the light squares are weak, we would want to keep the light squared Bishop (Bg2).

Thus, we would want the advantage of the Two Bishops, or Bishop v. Knight.

Otherwise, we would want to keep our pieces for the Kingside attack.

(GW) On Page 5 Ken explains Bent Larsen's fourth point: 4. Which side of the board should I play on?.



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