From Garry Kasparov's MasterClass

Pins

Not all pins are created equal. Understanding their effectiveness means understanding the power of paralyzing your opponent’s pieces, especially in the endgame.

Topics include: Structure of Pins • The Power of the Pin • Kasparov vs Bareev, 1997 • Pins in Endgame • Raging Elephant • Challenge: A Pin Study

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Not all pins are created equal. Understanding their effectiveness means understanding the power of paralyzing your opponent’s pieces, especially in the endgame.

Topics include: Structure of Pins • The Power of the Pin • Kasparov vs Bareev, 1997 • Pins in Endgame • Raging Elephant • Challenge: A Pin Study

Garry Kasparov

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Pin is very important element of strategy and tactics. And almost in every game, we could see pins on both sides. It's not as deadly as skewer, because you can stay there. It's sometimes the pin could last for many moves without causing real damage. But still, let's look at the structure, how it works. That's the simple form. We have bishop on big diagonal, on b2. Knight on f6, and put black queen hiding behind this knight. So it's a pin. We can call it a relative pin, because black knight can move. Though, I don't think you want to do it, because the queen is there, so it's a pin. And it happens many times. For instance, in many openings, you have black queen standing on d8, knight on f6, and bishop on g5, for instance. That happens many, many, many games, many openings. So again, there's nothing to be afraid of. Just remember that if you have a more valuable piece behind less valuable piece, just be aware. It could be just another form of pin that has more decisive effect. It's kind of a relative pin, so this is a position that I could put in. So now, black rook is on c5. It's pinned by white rook on g5. And of course black rook can take white rook. But then the pawn would be promoted. So that's an important tool, important tactical element. Sometimes in the endgames, or even in middlegames, you use this form of pin to advance either your pawn or just to get something, by deflecting opponent's piece from doing something important, like in this case, preventing our pawn from from promotion. But there are also something which we call absolute pins. For instance, absolute, because in this case rook is pinned, and it cannot move legally, because the king is behind it. So that's why this rook is paralyzed. This pin definitely is more dangerous, because it not only limits the potential of your pieces, but also it may cause other serious, serious problems. Because by using the pin, your opponent can create threats in the surrounding areas. Let's look at a couple of examples how we can use pin as a mechanism to achieve our goals. So let's start with a simple position. If you look at this endgame, it seems roughly even. Even black has an extra pawn. But there's a trick that white can use based on the pin concept. And also the fact that our pawn-- if we play white-- so our pawn h6 is advanced. That's why we can force the exchange of rooks after Rg8+, Kc7, Rg7. Then after the exchange our pawn will advance. So black has to defend this rook. So it can go Ng5. And then we bring our bishop. We continue this attack. We are trying to force this exchange. And you see the pin. Legally, black rook cannot leave the seventh rank, so it goes on d7. It desperately tries to stay its course. But we continue the attack. We're still pushing this rook. It goes back on f7, hoping desperately for repetition of the moves. But now we att...

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Cory

Painful that you cannot pause during the study challenges without seeing ads for other videos.

A fellow student

This material is excellent but the camera and board work are sorely lacking. The overhead shots have Kasparov moving the white pieces from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen. Likewise the on-screen board has white at the top and black at the bottom. This makes it much more difficult to set up my board at home. It would be much better of we had White at the bottom of the screen moving up. In other words the 1st rank should be at the bottom with the A rank on the left.

Gary P.

I like to use pins to break up my opponents position and give him a weak white or dark square complex on either wing as this usually leads to a telling advantage in the endgame.

Flavia E.

Does anyone know where to buy the chess pieces and board from his video? It's stunning. Thank you!

Nathan M.

Quick Question: has anyone used the office hours? Doesn’t look like there is any content, questions being asked, etc.

EDU M.

I'm a little confused here, please help: In problem 7#4, the solution in the workbook goes 1.c5 dxc5. But what if Black does 1. ... Rxc5 instead?

William A.

Does anyone out there know how to defend against the Hillbilly attack to the Caro-Kann defense? I keep getting destroyed by this attack so will either have to learn the Pirc, French or something else for E4 openings or learn how to defend against it. Thank you for any wisdom you are willing to share.

William A.

Does anyone out there know of a cure for chess blindness? Could not see Rd8+ in problem #2 lesson #7 and totally overlooked that the black pawn on c5 cannot take back the rook after it takes the knight in problem #4 same lesson. Beautiful problem sets for each tactic Garry explores. Wow!!!

Morgan T.

Loved the idea of the "quiet move" to disrupt the coordination of the opponent's pieces. I often miss such opportunities when looking for more forceful moves, discounting the opportunity to interfere with the opponent's pieces.

Ahmed A.

you know it's also called Elephant in arabic just Pronounced fiil.. but of course it means Elephant