Understanding before Moving 98: Queen's Gambit Declined (4)

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11/6/2022 – 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 98th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues to discuss structures that are typical for the Queen's Gambit Declined. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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The Carlsbad structure, which we discussed in the previous episode, leads to interesting possibilities for both players. Apart from the "standard plans" for White (the minority attack and playing in the center with Rae1 followed by f2-f3), White has also another attractive plan: castling queenside and attacking Black's king with the kingside pawns.

Games in which White and Black castle to opposite sides often lead to sharp and exciting play. In Bugojno 1978 Dutch Grandmaster Jan Timman won a great game against Anatoly Karpov with this set-up in the Queen's Gambit.

But in the video we will discuss the Vladimirov-Van der Sterren, Ostend 1990, in which the Russian Grandmaster opted for a set-up with Nge2. The Dutch Grandmaster Paul van der  Sterren liked to play the Queen's Gambit Declined with Black but in this game he was in trouble after giving White a target with ...g7-g6.

In the diagram position it is White to play. Do you find the brilliant breakthrough White found in the game?


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