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Do you enjoy playing creatively from the begin. Read this book and confound your opponents with 1 b4! PDF with a table of contents. Aggressive Sokolsky mmoonneeyy.info - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read In the first section we review the basics of all successful opening play. The Sokolsky Opening, also known as the Orangutan, creates an odd impression. For example, 1.b4 e5 mmoonneeyy.info2 f6 3.e4 Bxb4 mmoonneeyy.info4! For example, Fischer-Gloger, Cleveland saw the previously mentioned gambit line: 1.b4 e5 mmoonneeyy.info2 f6 3.e4 Bxb4 mmoonneeyy.info4!.
The next day I played two terrifically creative games and finished second in a strong tournament. It's worth noting the active role s Philadelphia And this is precisely what Sokolsky proceeds to do. Nc6 6 Bb2 d5
Soltis Sokolsky-Strugach, this is always the answer to Black's crushing attack for White. Minsk , is a good demonstration of We suggest 6 fS, after which Black.
After 12 tZlxe7 "iWxe7 13 "iWxd5 1 1. Gurvich, Black needs to avoid Black loses material and his position is hopeless. Game 4 Gaining more space for a possible B. Muratov kingside attack. As mentioned in the Novgorod introduction to this chapter, f4-f5 is often part of W hite's plans.
White after S Too late! After 10 lLlxf4 the knight can jump to e6. In two more moves White will have 22 'i!
Estrin i1. White has 14 t; xc7! Against Black's position would be H2 'i! White White the better position. Black gets counterplay. The entry of the black knight into missing pawn. I'or example: After Black has to develop. He should consider 1O lilb6, after which II il.
Wg5 and squared bishop. Kata Iymov-Y. Estrin exchange. Accepting the sacrifice after Spartak Champion ship, Moscow White has improved all his pieces. Estrin, Baku 1 White's domina-.!: Laframboise many ideas. By playing 15 'iWf2, White: Once again White could play 24 ILlxd6 This was my final-round game at Instead 15 h5 g5 16 hxg6 hxg6 17 for example, Wf7 !
Idd6 l'l. ILlf5 'iWe7 20 ; xd5 this game at least. But with the themes of the previous games in mind, it's easy The result of the breakthrough on move sixteen is that White's pieces to construct a good plan against J;I,e8 21 hxg5 fxg5 22 l: One example, the best of a e4 One possibJe line from here is IxhS, which should be ne7 Semmler, Bad Wiirishofen Here S IiJc3 c6 9 g4 Then following 13 l: Ixgl cxb5 14 i.
But Black can White has only a small advantage. Now the white queen will capture Just one of those days! Black's pawns one by one. The way. Black is soon mated. SLxb4 4 SLc4, the so-called better than Black's choice in the game. Gambit Variation. In addition Black's.. White's actual move eschews gambit play, hoping to undermine Black's centre 8 lUbd2 lUgf6 9 by positional means. A good exercise for students. It's White to rlay and win: A beautiful queen sacrifice, leading to a forced mate.
Wa7 21 il. Sokolsky-A-Kotov Leningrad tre againsi the black king, e. WhS self. Notes in quotation marks are by consistent S. However, looking further on lUbd2 'i!! The move 1 Black resigned. Nowadays 26 and rendering the move The most natural answer was Then Otherwise 16 cxd5 cxd5 17 e4!
Now Black can line as evidence: I'e5 nb6 35 J:!. During the 26a6 "White misses a chance to finish the struggle there comes a turning point when White captures the initiative. Ixe3 'i!! AI the same time White threatens a rook penetration to the seventh rank capturing the pawn on a7.
Here White had to play 30 iLg4! Game 1 0 A. Zhukhovitsky Kiev Ii: The white tage. A lively back. The immediate The right way was The Sokolsky Gambit 'ii'a4, threatening 35 1Llxa6. After 2 l Instead 11 il. Now the b-pawn will march to its coronation. Black has more space.
Carnell Ducking the pin and clearing el for the rook. Possible is 13 f3!? Kuprei hik Xlxa2 19 lhb5 'ii'd7 looks more Minsk logical.
A risky move, fighting for control of the centre. After 5 bxc6 ILlxc6 Black's centre looks very solid. Summary This is probably the most difficult chapter in the book from a tactical point of view.
Cha pter Two Players who don't enjoy complications should look more closely at 3 b5, as seen in Games 1. Both bilized forces. Games examine the Game 4 notes - challenge to the Sokolsky: Black The main line runs 3 In all of these cases the extra centre pawn proves more useful than the lead in development. Despite Black's reverse in this game, it strikes us as an idea worth testing. All this looks vE'ry dangerous, and 35 1 b4.
O jte4 Better How to increase the pressure on the is c6-pawn? White decides to exchange. Ib 3 iLlf3, with the intention of IIe8 7 e3 pawn centre. In truth, Black gets an then 1 This leads to a forced loss, although with a playable position. S a3 also 4 c4 5 e3 iLlc6 6. But While can play differently too, even avoiding 2. Ihb4 altogether with 2 a3, in the. Kouatly, London We don't like this move, as the Teady Whitels next move stops the White didn'l use the lIacS Tacticians iLle2!
IeS 10 The plan to transfer the bishop to f6 33 'i't'b3 l: On the No better is Sokolsky-Anishchenko Minsk iLlc3. Probably Black has to 1O In lhis case the threat of coming extra central pawn and the potential pressure on the c-file. White occupies pia ' 11 d4. Sd6 3S "iii'c3: The exchange Ilx teT. A mistake in a lost position. Game 13 32 'i! Lev Milman is a very young and He knew his openings very welt so I decided to play 1 b4.
Black can" defend a7 and b7 at the More usual is ! Kovalev, Note here that 12 d4? Bjorn, correspondence A lS lll 1 e6 bxe6 16 ifd4 il. Baranov-LYudasin, Chigorin ruthless. Sinn 13 Illb 3?! World Open, Philadelphia 13 lllc4, protecting the e3-pawn, is After playing 18 Wc2 I lefl t h e roo m. He had prepared for.. Ite6 13 'i! This is weakening, and in the future first eight moves. We repeated the White, as Black gets a strong attack. This looks like a very good sacrifice, lllc2 14 lId IIIcxe3 15 fxe3 lll..
Another game continued 1 Wf8 21 'i! Id6 would have 41 1 b4. Forcing 28 'liVh3 'liVg6 I had no time knight. Going for checkmate! I had no idea what to do, so ] chose which Game 1 6 Y. Jtad8 looks more natural. Now White has a clear advantage. This is a a slightly better approach. Trying to win the h7-bishop, but this allows a lre-mendous attack on the good exam pIe of a white pawn storm black king. Instead This move allows White to gain the two bishops and saddle Black with An unbelievable position, in which all of Black's pieces have problems This is the only way to complicate the position, but White's next move il.
White has a crushing attack Losing at once. Xxd6 32 il. White could win easily with 32 30 ILlxe6 'l! Came 1 8 Xxc8 34 'ilfb4! Winning a couple of pawns. White must try to prove that in the Blundering, although the position 44 Y. Kaufman 9. In the White wins. S ummary first round of this tournament they were Robson's were repaired. As a result, both of them ]4 iLh4! IiJxM IS 'l! We prefer Ilxe3 - Game 14 good for White, was preferable to the text move.
Several players chuckled whE'n they Another slip. I think it's better to save the h-pawn by playing Three strikes and you are out. Black eschews an immediate in tactical clash and play and to counteral tack on that very instead adopts a sound formation with which he or she will no doubt be very familiar.
Black was luckier rary. The defects in Black's position are more serious; a weak d6-pawn and the Sokolsky-Lilienthal from the final of invasion square dS. At any Games pretty much run rate, don't pass up on this fine game. It's not flashy, The next six games explore the possibilities of Game 19 A.
Also, after 20 lZlxd5 lZlbxd5 21 Black kicks the knight out of the centre, but loses the 1 b4 e 5 2 il. If 20 cxdS il. By eliminating standard King's Indian play by Black. King's Indian Defence. If J Cha pter Three.. Or After Wf6 The beginning of the end.
Ila8 34 il. Alternatively Wg8 40 'l!! Ie8 ls li: Barcelona I A win Vila Gazquez The game is up. Preventing lUe4, but weakening e6. A perusa l of White with an extra pawn, but also a my hard task to convert it into a full point. Black's e5-pawn is a target, while Also, in the 39 lile4!
Black has shut out the Sokolsky the text move, Black can reach that rather dangerous. After Is White must lZla6 My opponenl was dreaming li: Both sides have chances lurch. Not all dreams can come true. The d5pawn, though a weakling, offers White space and attacking chances, Sama rian Correspondence White passed pawn and well'p[aced his knight.
After 18 liJb3 Black could show more resilience, Following 21 'i'fus After 52 Accepting the pawn sacrifice is tends to adopt the Dutch str ucture, advancing the 53 Black Plays IxcS 19 lUdl!: Ic7 For Black it's harder to develop winning. On 26 nfl or ! I'b4 27!: Id7, getting continue the queenside pawn attack. Possible is B "l! I'xc4 fxe4 22 "l! I'xe4 In trying to get rid of the unpleasant White gives up two pieces for a pressure on the centre, Black decides to rook and two pawns.
But, approximatel y level. I'c5 3 1!: Icl 'i! Vg5 32 f4! I'cs ! I'd4 '!! VeB is better, to d-file is maintained. In I'd6 23 "l! I'g4 'li'h6 c- If It's dangerous to try holding because of ! Vxc5 jcxb2 I B "l! I'xf6 25 'i! Vd4 'i! Vxd4 26 lilxd4 reaching a l: It's difficult to a difficult position. I'xb7 'li'h4 Finally Black has threats on the Game 23 Y. This gamE'" shows how White can deal with Black's typical through with 1O..
After the text move, IB I'xd2 21 lilfdl 'i! Vxf4 22 lild7 with 26 1i1d2 lZlf3 fS 6 lZlc3 g6 7 d4 Let's evaluate this complicated position. White pressures the centre and 54 successfully continues an advantage for White. Of course not 26 g3? White leaves the paths of the Reti the 55 Black Plays Play 1 b4! In square and his queenside space for Black will seize the initiative.
White is trying to break through on the queenside while Black wants to checkmate the on d5 could not be tolerated. The threat of I'c3 White must not delay this essential line-opening - the pawn sacrificed is not too important. Maybe Black did not like Here White's best with the idea of a later sacrifice on g2. The immedlate 20 li: In the game his king. Sokolsky-Flohr from the semi-final of A complex position has arisen. The 49 We4ll: If 51 na3, Black plays by 28 itlf2 will prevenl the h-pawn This wins the d-pawn but leads to from advancing.
Was there anything beller? I don't White has beaten off the first wave think so, since White also has threats, of the attack and should now advance for instance To delay gives Black looming. The immediate threat is IIaS 54 1': Zaitsev Odessa The starl of a good and necessary apply pressure with ]2 cxd5. So we have an ending with equal material and equal chances. White Setting up a deadly pin. Accepting the pawn sacrifice with No better is 4S WdS 'il'e8 is far from clear, for example after 46 dxcS dxcS 47 l:: One possible line is 43 he will lose at least a pa wn.
In this hopeless position Black 's nf3 '!! On 1O.. Qid4 and later f2-f3, kicking the knight 23 gxf3 is another way to win.
Itd2 24 fxg4 Itxe2 25 il. It's true that Game 26 B. Katalymov-Bakhtiar Tashkent enjoys a decisive material advantage. If 28 9 'i! Black is trying to play Qif8 with the t urther Xe1 '!! C1 il. Indian position. The after 13 dxe6 Qixe6 14 Qixe6 il. The sharp 16 cxd5 Qixd4 17 il. Qie4 More often players continue with B. Despite giving the oppon en t a I'e8 wrote abou t suc h an id ea 50 years ago.
But an unexpec ted 39 d4 33 Sl. I'd 7! I'xd 6 IIxd 6 36 lIal! To preven t the threat of 24 'il'a5 , bu t 34 exb7! The pawn move weakens c a ptu ring I he qu een by Although Black's po sition 24 'i! I'xc7 i.. On 3 9 itJxg6 I'g8 He pu shes hi s to gain c ontrol of the f4-squ are. Howeverl ] believe that lO. For example, YgS 22 IZlh3 1! Yf6 23 hxg6 hxg6 players White has an extra pawn. In order to maintain ng5 mate. White is attacking on the After Instead 7: Wie7 24 !
Many will assuming. After 31 e4 the position is the white monarch will be safe there, We have reached a typical King's Indian Attack position, with colours 65 Black Plays Play 1 b4! The most memorable w a s the first, al 18 !
I' the W orld Open in Philadelphia more lack. I was so upset after losing one of Ibe] Ibes 22 l'! Black is down a bishop, his king pawns in the centre. The oncoming is in big trouble and his pawns are avalanche will sweep away all resis- weak A typical way to reach this position tance.
Giving away an important pawn. I had the honour to meet an edge for White, CBulcourf-Llanos, This is a good move which prepares Perhaps a better chance is 20 dxeS'? Capablanca New York exd4 1tl6d7 19 "lWd2 cxd BefoTe you do something active, make sure your pieces are developed This move contains many idea!:. Black should play Iof6 17 g3 and preparing to open up a diagonal mous example of b2-b4 in the Reti dxc5 dxc4 23 cxb6 'ilI'xb6 24 'iWel lIxdl for the g7-bishop. It has already been annotated 25 'iWxdl c3 26 il.
I'xbS maintains 2S "i'! After the ers, and we have little to add.
That il. Pokorny, Maehrisch Ostrau , is a tagf' - look at his dark-squared bishop, bit better for White. Capablanca prefers for instanCE. After the obvious 26 1: Ixc5 28 ll: The pawn on b6 is another useful target for White.
Jk7 28 Itlf3 lIe6 'I. Black Plays.. White's light-squared bishop less. It is hard to understand why White didn't prevent Black's next move by playing 23 bS!? Idc8 2S l:! Game 3 1 K. Summary The King's Indian set-up is quite popularbut shouldn'!
In some lines it's worth considering castling long for White, as a way of hiding the king from the opponent's attack or even as a prelude to counterpunching on the Cha pter Four kingside see Games I'e7 - Game 25 White will castle and decide whether to The basic idea of countering the clarify the central position at once or Queen's Indian set-up may be stated proceed directly with queenside play.
Sokolsky's notes discuss in attack on the left flank. The possibility considerabl.. This game and several Keres an excellent defender and endgame expert.
USSR Championship, Moscow The ideas discussed by Sokolsky in the Keres game are illustrated well by true that White has a weakness - the pawn on a4 - which needs defending. The placement of the black pieces is 13 d4 na7 14 liles the most natural, in the spirit of the position. Games The notes to the former deal with the theme of the struggle for 1 b4 e6 2. USSR A. Can Black do this at once? White's plan is to advance pawns the heavy pieces have major tasks Probably White can answer this with 6 on the queenside by a2-a4-aS, and elsewhere.
Black feels impelled to stop this. Yxd6 21 iLlc3 l: This continued the ixc6 'l! Yxc6 23 f3 l:! Efremov, ment. White needed to play 14 'i! We must note here that these two moving tactical which would lead to a complex game slugfests were played at a rapidplay time control of 30 minutes per player for the entire game! Thus the queen from the d-file, with mutual chances. Black will have to spend time doned by the reader.
Of course, it's 74 1S f4 White overestimates his chances. Instead 15 Illxd7 Illxd7 IIxa4 34 Wh2 IIb4 White in a good position. W hite must avoid 19 Illxe5? Illd2, or 19 dxe5? Jlc8 20 naC1 42 IIfH 42 e6? Here Black could trade rooks, but he prefers to transfer the king to e6.
Jlb4 49 Sl. Jle4 vourable endgame. IIe2i Ixe3 the white pieces. For example: White has little choice: Id7 Wg6 42 We4, pushing the pawn to f5 gives White serious counterchances. In all cases the endgame should finish as a 77 Play 1 b4 1 Queen 's Indian. White an edge.
Kiss tra pawns, White's two very active Eger pieces provide enough com pensation. White some winning chances, bul we 1 b4 d5 2 SLb2 Iilf6 3 e3 e6 4 b5 such a move before developing the rest Game 34 M. Tratar However, the task proves to be Loo difficult after a blunder by Black and some excellent endgame play by White.
Black should rush his king to the With 5 f4 White is aiming to gain centre with White begins an advance on the queenside, where he Game 35 IiJbd2 IiJbd7 10 c4. Ribli, London Quee n 's ndian Systems 25 lZlxa5 11 il.
Now on A very interesting endgame to thp finish. Black has W e6 lilg8. Black's knights for Black the variation We7 33 lZlfS. Odessa cate things a little bit.
On W hite has finished the mobilization J Usov Passed pawns on both flanks ensure White's victory. The continuation in the game leads to 30u. Finally t he black bishop can gel into Trying to open the a-file. He now wishes to play d2- 83 Queen '5 Indian Systems Play 1 b 4!
Better is Game 3 7 A. Byvshev 10 ltlbd2. Lvov 1 b4 ltlf6 2. White has One might expect a 6 ltlf3.
White 'sacrifices' the not good. It's true that White decides matters b y capturing If Black accepts the pawn sacrifice with Ixc4 or 24 ltlxc4 checkmate. Black can't continue slowly because ltld3 Not 26 ltlxc1 exd3 27 ltlxd3, because a resilient, although even here White sky-Byvshev see Game Against other moves, like How ironic!
On the natural 23 J Black's idea 10 use the a-file for counterplay doesn't work, as his rooks 3 Stockholm , is a fairly 7 c3 I didn't want to see any of his pieces can't be supported by the rest of the nxdJ t 34 ""h2 nxb7.
II would !: The b-pawn will become a queen. Game 38 wrong plan. It was actually better to Y. Laps hun-M. Scekic return the other rook to a8.
I'c2 g6 18 liJa3, and if Another viable way for Black to play is Now there follows an unexpected sacrifice. The b-pawn decides. It's interesting 20 cxd5 exd5 21 dxc5 bxc5 open a-file with pressure on the e4- very good positional choice.
JId7 31 b7. A 86 positional A good move, forcing a weakening of White's kingside and thus gaining countf'rplay. I'g6 3 0 l1d4 li'lf6 with 'fIixf3 1Zl3e4 and it's Black who should and both players were desperately an equal position. IZlhS lite7 I was afraid to play 25 f3! My inluition told me that one of the f2. Wg8, White Only 33 IZlxg7!! I saw it but was afraid of After the game Aleksander Allowing a simple tactic. A mere human can't possibly work this out with no time on the clock.
This is a consequence of playing b4-b5 without I he precaution of il. At this moment both of us had less than 15 seconds left on our clocks. The position now looks very much White should have an edge because paring to double rooks and allowing 11 lIbl would have been another good in this closed position a knight ought to Black to fight for the initiative.
Game 40 B. In that every move. In the endgame you should activate your king and also try to avoid creating weaknesses in your own camp. Or if instead 4S Now White's Iighl -squared bishop knight in a different way. The move Suddenly Black might even be bet- 24 'lWxd4!
Spassky demonstrates his positional White should use his passer to confuse the enemy forces. After 27 d6! Game 42 B. Lengyel Moscow It's not easy to square via c2. Let's take a look at what's going on. Obviously White slands better here but Black has a strong centre and advance his d-pawn.
White could White's well-placed pieces and a 27 il'xb6 22 f4! It's perhaps too early for Black to because: I believe these advantages should be enough for White to win. In this position 5 e3, fl. We2 Wxg5 31 "f! It's probably too early to take a: Game 44 D. Visier Segovia Canete liJf5 fl. In this game we ran see how a Black should play Striving to create another weakness 2Lexd4 22 fl.
Instead White could fl. Ihd6 29 lIc61 but it's not enough to win the 96 this would have been a better choice Fischer liked to fianchetto the king's for Black than the tex!. Ifd8 27 il. The Queen's Indian system o f development is a logical response to the Sokolsky, that square can add more pressure to 26 dxc4 I!
It's hard White is thinking about the c4- e5. Following He can try to attack the black king by pushing his kingside pawns, but he must take care not to expose his own king by doing so as this This looks suicidal, but perhaps Black was afraid that White would would lead to big trouble. Also, White play h6, il. After the recapture Id2 pretty clear.
I Cha pter Five Black Plays. Black has no great edge in the ILlxe4 'i!! Possibly ter, against any unorthodox opening. Spassky's For the sake of convenience, in this kingside was inappropriate. The classic encounter chain. This Often in this variation White uses the a-file for active operations on the left flank. This plan seems like a poor one from the evidence accumulated here. In nearly every game Black feels the need Game 45 B. Smyslov with control of the a-file and has room play on the queenside.
It's not every game you see one player pushing pawns on both wings 1 b4 liJf6 2 il. Does it to to make good use of it, especially as make sense Black's light-squared bishop often just home and throw up the a- and b- 1 00 side attack, and Black will be the one to Moscow- Leningrad Match, Moscow to open the a-file with The forcing variation However, Instead he prefers to bring his knight to f5 to on light squares whl'n there are Iight-squarl'd bishops present.
Nonetheless, in this Game 46 exceptional case the decision is sound. Shagalovich Black's bishop stays restricted by the Minsk defend his king. Jle3 25 'i! Jlh5 1i'g7 26 h4 'i! Now The a-file is at last in White's grasp, At the end of each variation I will give an assessment and some idea of the ongoing plan for White. The object isn't to dazzle you, so I will keep the information as crucial as I can. The first key move, restraining Nc6 5 Bb2 5 e3! Retaining options with the Knight on g1.
Nc6 6 Bb2 d5 Qxd5 8 Bxf6! Bd6 Qd7 11 d4 Rad8 12 a3 Bd6 Ba5 13 Qb3 13 Nc3; Qe7 11 h3! Bh5 12 Qb3 Nf4 White uses his extra central pawns to stifle Black's counterplay and tries to work up action on the queenside. Play may proceed Bxb4 Nc6 Qe7 5 Ne2 d6 Na5 10 Nh4 Ke7 11 Bd5 c6 12 Nc3!
White may even take the centre with the help of moves such as c2-c3 and d2-d4. Remember we are interested in practical play. Such positions are really difficult to defend over the board. How would you feel with Black? White should not castle short too early. Nf6 5 Nf3 Be7 To delay castling for as long as is necessary and to press forward on the queenside. Black's game is geared up to attack on the Kingside.
Who knows, in this position White might even castle long! They have been surprised and react as safely as they can. Black angles for a Queen's Gambit or Queen's Indian type position. There is nothing wrong with this approach and it's the response of MOST strong players. Nevertheless, I believe that White keeps an edge by pushing forward on the queenside, using a pawn on b5 to restrict Black's play.
It should be noted that a2-a3 is usually a waste of a tempo in these lines. Qd6 3 a3 One occasion where it HAS to be played. Qb4 4 Bc3 Qxb5 5 e4 with compensation. Be7 Ideally he would like to play d2-d4 in one go. Because of this and his ability to develop his major pieces more easily, he opens the game.
There are many different move-orders for Black. It's important for White to push forward on the queenside as quickly as he can and hold his d-pawn back.
The timing of either d2-d4! White must hold his d-pawn back and push forward on the queenside as before. With the idea of a5-a6! White tries to trade light-squared Bishops with Bf3 and exploit the weak square c6. Bf8 He plans slow manoeuvres such as 0—0, Bf8 etc. White can play actively now. White does best to delay castling and proceed on the queenside without delay. Protecting the Bishop on b2 and thus restraining Re8 8 Nc3 e5 9 Be2 exd4 Qd8 Qc7 6 axb4 Rxa1 7 Bxa1 d6 8 Nf3 dxc5 9 Be5.
The distinct likelihood is that he will not. Study the lines I have given and memorise them. The chances of them cropping up in a game are reasonably high but a lot of the time you and the opponent will be on your own.
The work that you have put in here will stand you in very good stead at that moment. You will be much better able to orientate yourself in the unorthodox positions that arise. You are going to tailor the position to your requirements in the opening; that is the whole point. I firmly believe that your practical results will improve, now that you can take charge at an early stage of the game.
Good luck! B6 In keeping with the idea that we are trying to save as much time as possible, yet at the same time maintain or improve our results, I've chosen What are the main ideas that lie behind this little move? It is most important at this stage that we recognise the differences between Owen's Defence 1 e4 b6 and the English Defence 1 d4 b6, 1 c4 b6.
In my opinion Black must be a lot more careful after 1 e4 b6 because White is able to develop his pieces very rapidly. A higher state of awareness is needed. Nevertheless, As with 1 b4, we are luring the opponent on to our home ground. His ultimate aim is to demolish the white centre completely. Strong players dabble with It's thought that White can get the advantage in several ways.
We are going to use the obscurity and the lack of chartered ground to our own advantage. I believe that 1 e4 b6 is nothing like as bad as it seems. For starters, White is drawn into an unusual position, which he almost certainly will not have studied. Admit it, have YOU seen Even a lot of very strong players will be answering no. Black hits d4 and prepares ideas such as In the latter case Nb4 will obtain the two Bishops for Black. Pollock was a very strong master by 19th century standards.
He is baffled by Nc6 32 4 c3! Here's a brief analysis of a couple of alternatives. The average opponent will throw up his hands now. Theory is at an end and he will have to think for himself. The very last thing he wants after a hard day at work.
It's not so bad for Black who plans Be7 and Pollock is hoping to minimize the impact of Black's opening surprise by blocking the centre. He is in for a further shock. Nce7 6 Ne2 f5! An unsettling flanking blow. I analyse two alternatives, both of which are very obscure: Ng4 He's a pawn up for very little compensation and has the open f-file to boot. He could have settled for One should attack if one possibly can!
White's queen becomes a target. Even very strong masters can fail to come to terms with Imagine how unsettling a move like this will be for your opponent. Black attacks c4! Nf6 5 a3 Guess he was afraid of 5 Nc3 Bb4, with pressure on d5. Qh5 7 dxe6 fxe6 8 Be2 Qg6 9 Nh4?! Poor old Ogaard has been completely psyched out by Miles. Surely better was 9 0—0 Bd6 10 Nc3 0—0 but even here Black has an ideal attacking position.
Note the aggressive Queen, raking Bishops and half-open f-file. Qh6 10 Bf3 Nc6! Of course Black doesn't exchange. White's Knight is lonely on the rim. This is not an opening where Black sits back passively.
Ne5 13 Bg2 Qg7 14 f4 It's all gone wrong for White, and no amount of trickery can help him to escape. After 20 Bxe5 comes Experimental play by Miles which has since become respectable. Yet Qh4 and similar ideas which abound after With 4 Qc2 White hopes to deny Black a pinning opportunity with Bb4 and deter But with Qh4, Black is nevertheless able to drum up excellent play. Black threatens Qxg2 and I feel that the average opponent will feel extremely uncomfortable facing such tactics.
Black's play is so unorthodox one can't help the feeling that it is somehow bad. And then the thought creeps in that one is going to lose to this nonsense. Qg4 is psychologically unsettling, as well as being damned difficult to meet! Let's review some analysis: Ne7 10 f3 Qh4 unclear; Bb4,which is probably OK too in the final wash.
Note the immediate pressure on e4 and the unprotected g2 square beyond. The gaze of Black's fianchettoed Bishop is powerful.
Those with a poor memory should note that White has moved his King's Bishop early, leaving g2 unprotected. Having absorbed this feature of the position, it's the next step to look out for ideas such as Well seen, and an effective change of plan.
Taking on g2 was unattractive now: Black introduces ideas such as Nb4 and A lesser player might falter at this moment. Mikhalevski steels himself and tries to play the best move. Very strong players are reluctant to go down this road. So he chooses the line which he thinks will best disrupt the natural flow of Black's game and breaks up the pawn structure. Nxd4 12 Qc3 c5! Holding the Knight in this strong central position.
After either Nxh2 or even A brief, recent game, which shows the English Defence in a very healthy condition. Black is soon able to engineer a transposition into a favourable French formation and wins with ease. Yes, it really does matter where you put your pieces in the opening. Better leave them at home until you know what to do!
Bb4 5 f3 d5! Black plans include Ba6, exchanging off the bad Bishop and then Nb8-c6 followed by Rc8, with play down the c-file. The Bishop was potentially bad, hampered by the central pawn structure, so Ivanov exchanges. Simple and effective strategy. Virtually White's only chance of counterplay is to play f4-f5 somewhere. At present that move seems a long way off. Meanwhile Black creates play on the c- file and ties White down to passive defence of the pawns on c2 and a3.
Breaking up the pawn advance before it even gets going! Ivanov spies a tactical flaw in White's thinking. Rxc2 25 Rh1 Ra2 was also very good, but the grandmaster always looks for something better. I guess he reasons that the c-pawn always drops and so he can afford to smash up the White kingside first. Black creates two passed pawns. We just want to engineer variety on our terms, that's all.
Nf6 is instantly provocative because aggressive White players will always be looking at e4-e5. But thanks to the weakness at g2, e4-e5 isn't playable yet. I think that Nf6 is a pretty good move and very consistent with Black's idea of dismantling White's centre and prising open the long diagonal. Like many will do in your games, Van Der Sterren tries to play it safe and comes unstuck.
A second attack on White's centre. Sahovic is relentlessly consistent. He is taking every opportunity to attack White's position.
Van Der Sterren is very disturbed by these tactics and overlooks a stunning tactical shot. More to the point he has serious problems on the long diagonal. Opening up the enemy King is a good way to emphasize the attacking power of the Queen. I've concentrated on what I think will be the most likely move-orders in practical play and reduced the workload as much as I can. It will probably be wise to commit most of this stuff to memory.
Playing Black you can't get away with much these days. I reiterate here that Black is in most danger after 1 e4 b6, but we will not let this inhibit us. Bb4,attacking e4. White has tried: Nf6 Black doubles White's pawns and then shuts down the position for his Knights to get to work in the middlegame. Alternatives leave Black comfortable: Bxc3 Taking the opportunity to mess up White's pawns.
Kg7 and Nc6, consolidating. Black can go back into Sicilian positions, with the move a2-a3 of questionable value: White cannot afford all these pawn moves Bb4 5 Nge2 5 Nf3 Nf6 6 Qe2 d5 His ongoing plan would be Nf6 or Nge7 and 0—0. Independent lines which lead to original positions are quite OK for Black, whose plan of Nf6 and Aggressive and uncharted.
Rd8 4 Nc3 e6 5 Nf3 Bb4 transposes to other lines. Rc8 The Nf6 variation is one for the pioneers. It doesn't enjoy a great reputation, which means that the majority of players will just be accepting what the books say without ever having looked at them!
You have surprise on your side! The ongoing plan might be Possibly Black can consider Line 6 3 a3 and 3 Nc3 Bb7 4 a3 A40 Andy Martin 1 d4 b6 2 c4 e6 3 a3 A move which has become very popular in recent years, whether preceded by Nc3 or not.
White plans Nc3 and d4-d5, trying to stifle the Bb7. Bb7 4 Nc3 f5! This was the idea behind the unusual deployment to d6. Black will exchange on c3. And if White keeps the Queens on, his King may become exposed. A very sharp move used with success by Hungarian GM Forintos. Qh4 is bound to have an unsettling effect.
In the main line White is forced to sacrifice a pawn, or Black is very happy indeed. Black recuperates with Be7 and Nf6, remaining a pawn up. Bb4 Line 8 4 Qc2 Qh4!
Watch the pawns on e4 and g2 closely-never miss a chance to attack them. Bb4 6 Bd3 f5 7 Ngf3 Qg4! Ne7 Now I suggest the uncharted With similar ideas to those already discussed. The Queen check softened the long diagonal and now Black's plans certainly include Ne7 or There has been very little experience with this plan. He batters away at the e4 square with everything he's got.
His simple plan is Qf4 with a slightly better ending. You'll note that in most lines we are playing the destabilising Qd8-h4 as soon as we can but please be alert to those cases where we do not lines where White delays Bf1-d3 usually. Look out for the move order and the small delay in This 1 d4 b6 2 c4 e6! I give the most likely sequences here. To try to nail down the d4 square. Black follows with Nc6 6 0—0 e6 7 f4 Rc8 8 Nc3 Nge7 The further plan might be Bg7 and