Understanding before Moving 79: Pawn Majorities (3)

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5/15/2022 – 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 79th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to talk about pawn majorities. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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We continue to build on the subject of a pawn majority on the king’s wing. One of the best chess players ever, the American Bobby Fischer, had a great fondness for the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez. In countless games he was able to demonstrate his great technique, developing the majority on the king’s wing as a serious weapon.

In exploiting such advantages, a deep positional insight is indispensable. In his game against Unzicker, from the 1970 Olympiad in Siegen, Fischer was on his way to the top of his game, which he later managed to crown by winning the world title in the famous match against Spassky in 1972.

In the diagrammed position, Black still has the bishop pair and, for the time being, there seems to be little going on for him. But with his next move, Fischer shows his amazing sense and manages to take control of the position. How did he proceed here? Try to explain the concept behind it.



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