Friday, 13 September 2013

Adventure in Winawer variation

I promised to analyse some of my games from the last two tournaments and I am going to keep my promise.
The very first game on the list was the game against Eduardas Rozentalis, in Gothenburg.
It was very intensive game, with a rich strategical battle.
He defended with Winawer variation in French defence, and I got an extra pawn, not without some compensation for Black.
This was quite successful moment for me.
In the second part of the game, he tried to defend with active counterplay and succeeded in obtaining a draw, but as analysis shows it was far from perfect play from both players.

My new model of publishing the games proved to be very interesting, as the number of visitors started to grow.
I will continue with it.
I will first show some positions in which you have to figure out some ideas, and the answers are in the comments on the game which is published in chess viewer.

This is the position straight from the opening.
White won a pawn but the position of his king is not so great.
The Black´s plan is clear. He will castle long, put his bishop on c6 (protecting b7 and attacking along the diagonal) and h-rook on the g-file. It will put the pressure along d and g files.
If Black manage to move his f and e pawns and open up the position, he can easily be better.
The question is, what is the best development plan for White in this position ?
Put the pieces (and the pawns) on the best possible squares.

This is the position when both players started to improve further after the best possible setups.
The knight on d6 has it´s defencive functions as it controls very important square f5 (stops f5-e4) and controls very important square e4. At the same time, it blocks the d-file. The bishop and the king are also very good at their tasks, but what about rook on h1?
If White manages to activate his rooks it can put additional pressure on Black.
What is the best square  for the rook on h1?
Hint: It is not on the first rank.

Black is on his way to activate his bishop from the other side.
He wants to put it on g6 and to put some pressure on d3 pawn.
At the same time he can push his pawns f5 and f4 or e4.
It is not all! The pawn on c5 will be under the pressure as soon as Black moves his bishop.
Black actually played Be8.
Does White has some plan not only to stop Black in his intentions, but also to put pressure on Black?

For the all answers, look at the game in chess viewer.

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