Hi everyone,

This is just a brief post to let you know that I've just updated each section of my website! For instance, you may want to check out the new links under 'My Articles'. 

I also want to share a position from one of my recent games as an introduction to the subject of material imbalances:
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It is White to move. Ask yourself the following:

a) Which pieces are better here - White's rook  and two pawns, or Black's minor pieces? 
b) Should White use his king as a fighting unit or keep it tucked away? 
c) How should Black place his pieces? 

Now let's see the actual game:
Summing up:

a) The two minor pieces are equal to the rook and two pawns because they have stable positions where they can blockade White's pawns and stop White's rooks attacking Black's pawns. 
b) White's king should be tucked away on c2; if it advances to the third rank or further it can attacked by Black's trio of pieces. If your opponent has enough material remaining that they may be able to generate mating threats without queening a pawn (say, more than a rook and knight or bishop on the board), you should usually keep the king out of danger, but close enough to the centre that it can quickly join the fight if pieces are exchanged. 
c) Black should place his knight on e5, king on f6 and rook on e8 - then the e4 and f5 pawns are blockaded, White is unable to invade down the open d-file or g-file with his rooks, and Black's bishop will be reasonably placed almost anywhere, though it would be nice to get it to c5 where it controls g1 and thereby makes it harder for White to keep control of that file. d6 would also be a reasonable square for the bishop, to block the d-file and thereby free the knight from defending d7. I like the rook best on e8 because it means a knight move will discover an attack on the e4-pawn (which may even be ganged up on using the knight to tie up White's rooks). 

Thanks for reading and I'll make sure to bring you more updated content soon!