Material Advantage

The most widely used strategy in chess, is the strategy of the material advantage.

Most of the chess players know that the material plus of a meagre pawn may already win the game.

With this in mind, a lot of players try to win material during the game. This way they ensure a strategically won game.

Once the material is won, the strategy often changes.

The player with the material advantage now has a new threat. He threatens to trade all of the pieces and pawns and convert the resulting ending into a win.

Not all endgames with extra material will win though. The next position shows a two knight advantage. Nevertheless it's still a draw.

There's something else to watch out for while winning material.

You don't want your position to become lost while you're grabbing a pawn or so. You'll have to watch out for mating attacks and other positional problems.

Garry Kasparov, a former world champion, often sacrificed a pawn to get a winning position. This strategy even succeeded against high-level grandmasters.

So a material advantage may be important, but it's not the only thing to fight for.

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