Understanding before Moving 49: The beginning of an attack

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10/17/2021 – 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 49th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman shows how White conducts a typical attack in the Sicilian. | Photo: Tommy Grooten

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In the  Sicilian, White has a number of typical ways to start an attack against the Black king. One of the most famous is the so-called "bayonet attack" in which White storms forward with his kingside pawns to shatter the black pawn structure at its base: White plays g2-g4-g5-g6 to attack the pawn on f7 to weaken Black's pawn on e6. If White can play g5-g6 and manages to put pressure on Black's position, the attack will follow naturally.

Studying such attacking patterns enhances one's under­standing of typical structures.

In the diagram position, White has already advanced his pawns on the kingside. But White's rook on h1 is unprotected and g5-g6 seems to be impossible. Or can White make it work?

 

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Peter B Peter B 10/18/2021 02:24
If I waited until I understood before moving, I would lose on time every game!
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