Understanding before Moving 63: The light-squared beast

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1/23/2022 – 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 63rd instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman looks at "light-squared beasts". | Photo: Tommy Grooten

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In the previous two episodes we saw games in which the weakness of the light squares played a major role. And there is no getting around the fact that there is one Grandmaster who often manages to turn his light-squared bishop into a "monster". I am referring to GM Sergey Tiviakov, who seems to have a patent on making the most of his light-squared bishop when he is playing with White.

Once, I also fell victim to his light-squared bishop, and I decided to check the Mega for games, in which Tiviakov unleashes the "light-squared beast". He succeeded more often than I had thought. I once wrote a small article about it on the Dutch website, and I think it would be nice to show two beautiful games of "Tivi" (as he is often called in our country) in which he manages to overpower his opponents with the light-squared bishop.

The diagram shows a position from the game Tiviakov-De Vreugt. Do you see which idea White had in this position?


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