Understanding before Moving 75: How to pressure your opponent

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4/17/2022 – 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 75th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman shows how to put pressure on your opponent. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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For a long time Swedish Grandmaster Ulf Andersson was one of the world's best players but spectators were often surprised by his style. He seemed to be very careful and keen to eliminate any risks. But he still won again and again against renowned grandmasters who often seemed to lose without a chance.

In Andersson's best games the losers often wondered what they did wrong and why they lost. Andersson's fine positional play and his ability to slowly increase the pressure on his opponents caused many players to succumb.

In the diagrammed position, which arose from the Tarrasch Variation of the Queen’s Gambit, it is clear that White has the position under firm control. Black has no counterplay and his pieces lack coordination. White's pieces, however, are almost all on their ideal squares and White can do whatever he wants. But the question is how he can further increase the pressure. What would you do?



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