Understanding before Moving 66: Prophylaxis (2)

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2/13/2022 – 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 66th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to talk about the concept of "prophylaxis". | Photo: Tommy Grooten

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We continue to deal with the concept of prophylaxis. Strong players have developed the mindset of focusing on the opponent's game. Many players have the tendency to focus on their ideas but sometimes overlook the possibilities of the opponent.

In a prestigious open in Lugano (Switzerland) in the 1980s I once played against Nigel Short, who would later turn into a top player. In a complicated middlegame he had made a mistake, which made me think I could win the game.

Things looked promising indeed, but then Short came up with a diabolical ressource to find a way out of his tricky situation.


White wants to increase the pressure on f7 and intends to play Bf1-c4. However, White missed something. Do you see how Short parried White's threats?

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