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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 8th November 2021

Engine Snacks! To sac or not to sac?

Engines are amazing at sacrificing material, both in attack and defence. Leela neutralises unpleasant pressure against its position with a fabulous pawn sacrifice leaving Stockfish with no winning chances. -All players should study how engines defend – nobody does it better!

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 7th November 2021

Engine Snacks! Iron purpose and flexible execution!

We showcase excellent endgame technique from Stockfish against Komodo. It illustrates a key thinking skill that we should apply in our own games when struggling to convert a pawn advantage in a long game!

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 7th November 2021

A model Grunfeld for White

Komodo plays a model Grunfeld against Igel, pushing rook’s pawns AlphaZero-style on both wings to squeeze Black for space then cutting through Black’s porous kingside dark squares with a fine exchange sacrifice.
Any 1.d4 players who face the Grunfeld should note this as a model game: it’s a perfect example of what White should be aiming for!

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 6th November 2021

Engine Snacks! Pins, pins and more pins!

This super-quick article is in our Engine Snacks series! Just a beautiful little tactical exercise this time demonstrating some awesome geometry! Spotting an idea like this quickly in a game could net you a brilliant point!

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 5th November 2021

Engine Snacks! An exchange sacrifice you should never forget!

We showcase a strong and unexpected exchange sacrifice in a typical structure that can arise from many openings: Caro-Kann, Scandinavian, Alekhine’s and even Modern.
Knowing this idea might just net you a quick win against an incautious opponent!