Game Spotlight: Your Worst Piece

A significant number of openings (notably the French Defence and the Queen’s Gambit Declined) feature a “bad” piece.  Because of the way a player chooses to develop, it becomes difficult for one of their pieces to become active and have any influence on the game.  That player then has three choices.  One is to simply suffer.  The most popular recommendation is to trade off the bad piece.  But there’s a useful third option — fight to make the piece active.  If you work for it, you might find the piece isn’t bad at all:

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