Since I started this blog back in May 2005, I have posted a few thousand chess puzzles involving various chess tactics and pattern recognition. As I have just started Polgar Chess University, I am introducing a new feature on this blog, “positional exercises”. This will help you understand chess a lot better.
Here is the first example. This was a game between Nimzovitsch and Rubinstein which took place in Dresden in 1926. It is White to move. There is no immediate tactic here. This is about understanding the position and finding the right plan. Take a few minutes to look at this position. Analyze it thoroughly and then see if you can come up with the best middlegame plan for White.
Don’t bother with your Fritz or Rybka. Just use your head and think this through. I will come back to give you the analysis later. Good luck!