Friday, 14 February 2014

Static against Dynamic

The game that I want to present for my readers today, was played in Rilton Cup in Stockholm, in the very last round.
The game was not particularly good, because of my bad play, but there was one very instructive point in the game.
My opponent went for the position in which he had clear strategical plus.
His knight was dominant to my bishop, and the pawn structure in the centre secured this.
However, the things in chess are rarely one-sided.
Black is somehow better developed, his knight on f4 is strong and there is some pressure along f-file.
What actually happened is very interesting.
I did not understand that the position on the diagram is critical, and I played natural move, very quick.
There were some candidates in this position, and you can think on your own and try to figure out what should be played.

I calculated some variations in which my opponent goes for c5-pawn or tries to complete his development.
That was nothing but wrong!
He played two very natural prophylaxis moves. He moved his king on b1 and his queen on c2.
How is possible to "miss" these two moves?
Of course that I did not miss these moves, and the real problem is that I did not understand the position.
The prophylaxes in this position, from White´s point of view, is more important then development.
What is the point if White finish his development if Black breaks the blockade on e4 and activate his bishop (against White´s king) ?!
What is the point in winning the c5 pawn?
If White keeps things under control, he would surly get a chance to win one of Black´s weak pawns later in the game.
Let´s look at the position from Black´s point of view.
If Black develops or regroup his pieces there is no guaranty that he would be able to break a blockade on e4.
If we look deeper in the position we can see that it is not possible to break the blockade.
Then, what should Black do?
If Black play a bit more concrete and gives some meaning for the knight on f4, and try to break the whole structure in the centre (not only blockade on e4) than it is not hard to find the right move.
The answers are in the commentary:

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