Understanding before Moving 7: Divided in two - Part 1

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12/27/2020 – 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 seventh part of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving" Herman shows how strong a strong pawn center can be. | Photo: Hans Hoornstra

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Understanding before Moving 7: Divided in two - Part 1

In some games the pawn center is neglected in the opening. The first world champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, has indicated that two connected pawns in the center that are allowed to advance have enormous potential. This sometimes leads to positions in which the enemy camp is divided into two parts. Communication between these two wings often gets difficult, which the player with the strong pawn center can exploit.

Who better than Garry Kasparov to show us how such pawn power in the center can be turned into other strategic advantages? What did he play in the position below?


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