Game of the Week XLVII Carlsen,Magnus (2855) - Nepomniachtchi,Ian (2782)
Kasparov made this statement because often, the Black side castles short. White’s knight then becomes quite annoying for Black and can create attacking ideas all the time.
What about the value of the knight on d6 or d3? If we consider that either the e or d file is often open and could be used by the enemy, having a knight on either of those squares could stop any rook activities and generally bother the opponent greatly. This knight on d3/d6 is often called the octopus knight. The historical Karpov-Kasparov game illustrates this idea in which Kasparov sacrificed the pawn in order to locate the knight on d3, ultimately helping him to win a beautiful game.
Today, many could argue about the value of the octopus knight, but there is no doubt that whenever the knight is on either of those squares, it makes the opponent’s gameplay miserable. This brings us to the Game of the Week...
Game of the Week is- Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi
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