Understanding before Moving 6: Paralyzed

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12/20/2020 – 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 sixth part of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving" Herman demonstrates ways to break through your opponent's paralyzed position. | Photo: Hans Hoornstra

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Understanding before Moving 6: Paralyzed

It is sometimes possible in a game to force the opponent's pieces to the edge, where they, as mere spectators, have to watch how you comfortably strengthen your position. In a few examples we will see how a player can make good use of this preponderance of activity.

In this position we see that Black has ended up on c8 with a "bricked in" bishop. His king has nowhere to go either. But White is faced with two very dangerously advanced pawns on the second and third ranks. What can he do against the threat …b3-b2?

 

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