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55e_Middlegames - strategic {N} OUTPOST !
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Approaches:

* An <outpost> is a square where you can keep a piece where your opponent canít capture the piece without giving up a material advantage.

* <Outposts> can be one of the most important strategies in a chess game as it allows you to have a huge spacial advantage and puts constant pressure on your opponentís position.

* An <outpost> is a square of strategic importance, usually located on an open or semi-open file. This square hosts a piece which is supported by a pawn and cannot be dislodged by an enemy pawn.

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* An <outpost> is a square on the fifth, sixth, or seventh rank which is protected by a pawn and which cannot be attacked by an opponent's pawn. Such a square is a hole for the opponent (Hooper & Whyld 1992)....

* <Outposts> are a favourable position from which to launch an attack, particularly using a knight.

* Knights are most efficient when they are close to the enemy's stronghold. This is because of their short reach, something not true of bishops, rooks and queens. They are also more effective in the centre of the board than on the edges. Therefore, the ideal to be aimed at is an <outpost> in one of the central (c, d, e or f) files in an advanced position (e.g. the sixth rank) with a knight.

* Knowledge of <outposts> and their effectiveness is crucial in exploiting situations involving an isolated queen's pawn.

On the other hand, <Nimzowitsch> argued when the <outpost> is in one of the flank (a, b, g and h) files the ideal piece to make use of the <outpost> is a rook. This is because the rook can put pressure on all the squares along the rank.

Wikipedia article: Outpost (chess)
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Collections on outposts: Game Collection Search

23...Nd3 [octopus]
I Hrescak vs Fiona Sieber, 2016
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 29 moves, 0-1

...Ne4/...Nc4
Gilg vs Nimzowitsch, 1929 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

Be5
Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894  
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Ne5
Foltys vs Golombek, 1947 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 42 moves, 1-0

28.Rxf6! (Outposts Bd5/Nf5)
Stein vs Parma, 1962 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

23.Nd6! [the kraken wakes]
Piket vs Smirin, 1993 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 36 moves, 1-0

24. Nd6! (Nd6-f5-h6+xf7)
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1952 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1-0

19. Nf5
Petrosian vs N Rashkovsky, 1976 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 31 moves, 1-0

19.Nf5
Geller vs E Etcheverry, 1954 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 28 moves, 1-0

28...Nd3 [octopus]
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922 
(A90) Dutch, 53 moves, 0-1

15.Ne6![the kraken wakes]
Tal vs I Bilek, 1964 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 23 moves, 1-0

Nc6 is paralyzing
H Stevic vs V Bukal Jr, 2010
(B06) Robatsch, 36 moves, 1-0

Bd6+Pc5
Aronian vs A Giri, 2017 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Nd6 [wins Xchg]
Pillsbury vs Chigorin, 1898 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 0-1

17.Nd6! [the kraken wakes] --> Royal Fork on F7
V Zvjaginsev vs D Schwarz, 2016
(B01) Scandinavian, 47 moves, 1-0

...Ne3 [tactical octopus]
Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 0-1

wNd5!
Keene vs G Ligterink, 1981  
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 55 moves, 1-0

9...Nd3! [octopus]
Hertneck vs F Zeller, 1997 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 18 moves, 0-1

wNf5
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 26 moves, 1-0

22... Nd3 [octopus]
A Strikovic vs S Brenjo, 2012
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 45 moves, 0-1

17...Nd3! [octopus]
A Giri vs Granda Zuniga, 2017 
(A04) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

26. Nd6! [the kraken wakes]
Vaganian vs S Siebrecht, 2007 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

18. Bd6!
A Donchenko vs Sarin Nihal, 2017
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 36 moves, 1-0

12. Bd6
Euwe vs J H Graves, 1920 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

24. Nc6!
Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923 
(A06) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 1-0

23. Nc6!
Bagirov vs Kupreichik, 1968
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 60 moves, 1-0

29...Ng3!
Robatsch vs Bisguier, 1961 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 0-1

wNd5 / bNe5
Ermenkov vs Ulf Andersson, 1980
(B83) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

15. Nb6! blocks the entire Q/side
V Yemelin vs Y Shulman, 1994 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

Ne5 vs Be8
Motylev vs R Svane, 2017 
(C11) French, 59 moves, 1-0

...Nd3 [octopus]
Navara vs K Ejsmont, 2006 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 47 moves, 0-1

Ne5 middlegame
Carlsen vs Tomashevsky, 2016 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1-0

...Nd3 [octopus]
Ulf Andersson vs Kavalek, 1978
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 0-1

Rc6
Petrosian vs Pilnik, 1956 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

16...Nd3+ [octopus]
Hjartarson vs Kasparov, 1994 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 33 moves, 0-1

16...Nd3 [octopus]
Bareev vs Kasparov, 1994 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 31 moves, 0-1

Nd6 protected by Q [the kraken wakes]
Geller vs H Ree, 1969 
(B06) Robatsch, 26 moves, 1-0

Re6 /blockade
Svidler vs M Narva, 2016 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

... Nd3 [octopus]
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Nd5 vs Bf8
Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Nd5
M Admiraal vs E Warmelink, 2009 
(B83) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1-0

Nd5 vs B
Smyslov vs I Rudakovsky, 1945 
(B83) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Nd5 vs B
Fischer vs O Gadia, 1960 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 23 moves, 1-0

Nd6/Nf6, comined motifs
Hydra vs Ponomariov, 2005 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

Nd5 vs Bd8 || 0-0 vs 0-0-0
Spielmann vs Duras, 1912 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

Nd6 [the kraken wakes]
Gelfand vs Movsesian, 2000 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

19. Nd6 [the kraken wakes]
Steinitz vs G Marco, 1896 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Nd6 - [the kraken wakes]
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Nc6 --> ppc6
Kasparov vs Korchnoi, 1983 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

Nc6/Ne6
Gelfand vs D Aldama Degurnay, 2003
(E97) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

24...Nxd3 [octopus]
Eljanov vs Grischuk, 2017 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 38 moves, 0-1

Nd5/Bd8
Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1998 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 56 moves, 1-0

25. Ne6! [die KLEMME]
A Pomar Salamanca vs R Hartoch, 1972
(A56) Benoni Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Nd6+Bd5
T Niessen vs M Larsson, 1996
(E97) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Nc5 [vs Bc8]
Botvinnik vs C Kottnauer, 1946 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

28. Ne6 [the kraken wakes] rpd
Svidler vs T Nyback, 2009 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

24. Bd6!
Jobava vs Short, 2017 
(A14) English, 47 moves, 1-0

21...Nd3 [octopus]
P Schlosser vs Van Wely, 1998
(A48) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

18.Nd6! [the kraken wakes]
Topalov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 44 moves, 1-0

14.Nxd6 [the kraken wakes]
W So vs M Mahjoob, 2007 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 20 moves, 1-0

17.Bd6
M A Tabatabaei vs R Svane, 2017 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

wNc5 vs Bc8
A Giri vs Mamedyarov, 2018 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1-0

17.Ndb5 axb5 18.Nxb5 Qc6 19.Nxd6 [Outpost]
Vaganian vs Psakhis, 1980
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1-0

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