Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy: Learn from Kramnik, by Neil McDonald

By Neil McDonald

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Even if he didn't want to attack he could have played 17 a3 on the previous move. lB ... gl Jid6 ~b1 20 e4?? Having played the opening lamely and allowed his pieces to drift onto passive squares, Samisch now breaks a cardinal rule of strategic chess: Don't 34 In return for the piece, Black has: 1) Two pawns, including a gigantic protected passed pawn on e4 which dominates the centre and shuts out the white bishop on g2. 2) Dominance of the i-file. It's important that the bishop on b5 prevents a challenge of this control by keeping the white rooks out of fl.

Ec8 40 liJxC4 Spassky finally succumbs to temptation. A better try was 40 liJb3 intend51 Chess Secrets: The Giants ing 41 ~c5 to block the c-file, but Black can then invade with 40 .. l:thl is strongly answered by 41.. :k2+! (as given by Gufeld). l:txc2 lilxc2+ 43 'ilVxc2 'ilVxhl 44 'ilVc7 (the only try for counterplay as g3 is doomed) 44 ... 'ilVf3+ 45 ~gl 'ilVxg3+ 46 ~hl 'ilVh3+ 47 ~gl 'ilVxe3+ 48 ~f1 'ilVf3+ 49 ~e1 iVe3+ 50 ~f1 'ilVh3+ 51 'ilVc8 Black is two pawns up and should win easily. 40 ••.

L:le8 was called for. 16 exf3 b5 All looks well with Black, as he has slightly damaged White's pawn structure on the kingside and is now in the process of undermining the c4-pawn: after 17 cxb5 axb5 he already has a passed d-pawn. However, with a couple of judicial exchanges, Kramnik is now able to establish the 'rook on c6, pawn on d5' 41 Chess Secrets: The Giants control of the open file that we saw in the Karpov-Kasparov game above. 17 iLxd71 Kramnik loves the bishop pair, but he is astute enough to know when it should be renounced in favour of a more definite positional edge.

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