Jeremy Silman, an International Master, described the following strategy for winning in chess:
- First I create some difference to work with, such as, a Bishop versus the opponent’s Knight.
- Next I create an atmosphere in which my Bishop will thrive – a nonlocked pawn structure so that my Bishop will have open lines; getting his pawns on the color of my Bishop so that they will be vulnerable in an endgame; taking away advanced squares from his Knight so that his minor piece remains inactive.
- When all this is done I will steer the game into an ending in which my speedy Bishop eats his gimpy Knight alive.
- In other words, I create an imbalance and devote all my energy into making it a positive force.