Understanding before Moving 94: Backgrounds of structures (4)

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10/9/2022 – 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 94th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to discuss structures that are typical for 1.e4 e5 openings. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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In this two-part course the emphasis will be on typical pawn-structures.


In the last episodes we studied structures that often arise from 1.e4 e5 openings. We particularly focused on positions arising from the Ruy Lopez and the Italian.

These openings are popular among club players, and I think it is a good idea to take a closer look at them. Not only because the resulting middlegames are sometimes difficult, but also because the arising positions are rich and instructive.

Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov once said that every player should learn Spanish (Italian) structures to improve his/her understanding of chess.

The diagrammed position below is from a game between Kasparov-Karpov, played during their World Champion Match 1990.

In the opening, Kasparov came up with a brilliant idea and the diagrammed position is the culmination of his concept. How did Kasparov smash Black's position and how did he gain a decisive advantage?


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Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco delves into Fischer’s openings, and retraces the development of his repertoire. What variations did Fischer play, and what sources did he use to arm himself against the best Soviet players? Mihail Marin explains Fischer’s particular style and his special strategic talent in annotated games against Spassky, Taimanov and other greats. Karsten Müller is not just a leading international endgame expert, but also a true Fischer connoisseur.

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