Understanding before Moving 37: Advantage in Development (3)

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7/25/2021 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 37th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to explain why it is so important to develop one's pieces as soon as possible. | Photo: Tommy Grooten

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In the last episodes, we discussed various aspects related to an advantage in development. We looked at typical mistakes that can give the opponent a lead in development and we looked at ways to keep the initiative if you have an advantage in development. We saw how important it is to play as actively as possible and to try to keep the opponent's pieces passive.

By studying famous examples, I found that "keeping the opponent busy" is an important weapon. Working with (small) threats does not allow your opponent to catch his breath and to develop his pieces.

In this show I would like to present two of my own games, in which I managed (in - I would say - a nice  way) to keep my opponent busy and to disrupt his development.

In the  diagram position, I was playing with Black and had managed reasonably well to prevent White from developing his queenside. But now White  seems to have survived the storm – at least, on first sight. But I had a nice continuation in mind to exploit White's lack of development. Do you see how Black can best proceed here?


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