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Coiled Spring

  • GM GMharikrishna
  • | Sep 12, 2011
  • | 9027 views
  • | 21 comments

Openings like the Réti and Reversed King's Indian became popular in the 1920s when the hyper-modern players like Réti, Nimzowitch, Breyer, and Grünfeld came into the limelight. They introduced a revelation: central control need not be only established by placing one's pawns in the centre, but can also be achieved by means of piece pressure from the flanks.

The game I'm about to show you can be considered a Pirc Defense reversed. These kinds of positions were described by Capablanca as a coiled spring. White usually develops slowly but harmoniously in his own territory, his whole setup building up potential energy like a coiled spring. Usually such play is underestimated, and Black often decides to "punish" White by undertaking operations in the centre.

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Timing is very important in chess, however, and more often than not, Black, in the process of trying to punish White, overreaches - giving his opponent's pieces the dynamic potential that lies latent in his structure. This is exactly what happened in the following game, Black opens the centre at the wrong moment and White uses crisp tactics to transform his positional advantage into a material one. 

Some thoughts on the tournament situation surrounding this game:

Today's featured game was played in the evening of a double round day. I had finished my morning game quite late and had also analyzed it with my opponent. I did not get much time to prepare for the next game. Therefore I just decided to avoid main lines and instead transfer the weight of the struggle to the middle game. My opponent's game against Georg Meier in the previous round gave me an impression that he was not too experienced with these setups, so I decided to give this a try.

In presenting this game, I wanted to show you that the ideas of the great masters of the past still hold value even in our computer era! So, dear readers, do work on your classics, both for improving your game, and also for sheer fun!


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    • 9 months ago

      ChessMN16

      I'd love endgame articles. 

      Thanks!

    • 9 months ago

      GM GMharikrishna

      Thank you.I am Glad that all of you liked the article!  

      @ Mixologist : 10...d4!? is interesting option for black. However it will lead to forced variations. I did not want to give bunch of analysis from Computer engine and confuse the readers :) 

      Readers can also let me know the type of articles they prefer from me!  Opening,Middlegame,endgame or General..

    • 9 months ago

      mystoffelees

      Time has no meaning outside of the chess game...       Laughing

    • 9 months ago

      spikestars

      funny comments because this was written 3 years ago in 2011

    • 9 months ago

      Mosca_Perruna

      Good article. I have no idea of what dcokeman means (I am not as knowledgeable of those terms) but I don't see anything wrong with someone suggesting improvements that would be beneficial to all of us. What's more, I think he is using an appropriate and respectful tone. Thank you dcokeman.

    • 9 months ago

      dcokeman

      Mark:

      Maybe you didn't read my final comment. I said then, and I will say now, Great Article! You are right, there are tons of free articles and videos all over the Internet, and as someone that enjoys Chess.com and sees them in competition with others, I was pointing out what I thought could make it better. Still, I am happy to see your advice, even if its tone was quite a contrast to mine, because we are all entitled to our opinion (even if you disagree with this).

    • 9 months ago

      Mixologist

      Good article on hypermodern play. The example game goes just far enough to illustrate the author's point. When the final position is reached, white has a clear positional/spatial advantage, with far more harmonious pieces. One question: why didn't black push with 10.d4 ? I understand not playing it earlier and trying to keep the hole open for his knight, but when white played Nf1, it was clear the goal was to post it on e3. d4 seems like a strong move: it grabs space and entombs White's knight for several moves (if white tries Nd2-c4, black responds with b5, grabbing more space). Does playing d4 overextend the pawn structure or weaken Black's position in any way? As a class C OTB/ Class B correspondence player, I'm beginning to solidify concepts of long-term positional planning. Any insights would be highly instructive for me!

    • 9 months ago

      mystoffelees

      Marcokim 

      dcokeman wrote

      I know chess.com is trying to improve with videos ..... but a few things could be done. First, wrap text around a picture; the layout is dreadful, and with a wrap around, at least the picture would flow better .......Secondly, use such things sparingly; the goal is to generate interest,

      Sorry to say this dude but you are actually getting free annotated content from a 2720 GM ... while there is nothing wrong with giving a few kind pointers, your tone is uncalled for.... SO take your sorry cheap behind to a paying site where you actually have the right to demand editorial value for your money... c'mon who are you to start giving quality instructions for free content:)

       

      Sorry, but I believe you are off-base.  I find nothing wrong with the tone, nor with the message offered by dcokeman.  I enjoyed the article by GM harikrishna, and do not feel it was done in a slip-shod manner just because it was "free".  Most accomplished people tend to accept constructive criticism gracefully.  I think that is all this was, and it did not deserve your snarkyness...

       

      p.s. Lose the "dude"... free advice...

    • 9 months ago

      ShyamGopal1

      It says that this was posted in 2011??

    • 9 months ago

      Marcokim

      dcokeman wrote

      I know chess.com is trying to improve with videos ..... but a few things could be done. First, wrap text around a picture; the layout is dreadful, and with a wrap around, at least the picture would flow better .......Secondly, use such things sparingly; the goal is to generate interest,

      Sorry to say this dude but you are actually getting free annotated content from a 2720 GM ... while there is nothing wrong with giving a few kind pointers, your tone is uncalled for.... SO take your sorry cheap behind to a paying site where you actually have the right to demand editorial value for your money... c'mon who are you to start giving quality instructions for free content:)

    • 9 months ago

      ChessMN16

      It's wonderful to have you here, Hari! Great article and wonderful performances this year.

    • 9 months ago

      NM Petrosianic

      obtained by right click diagram and use page source.  better if looked like the above  nice game but strange output of the board on my screen (small).  plus this way people can access the pgn.

    • 9 months ago

      ardi_12345

      Nice article GM Harikrishna.. The coiled spring idea was once I read in Hedgehog position where black effectively employ against English opening.. Thank you very much for sharing your ideas..

    • 9 months ago

      rajnikant001

      after , long time, i am seeing an article written by Me Harikrishna. sir, aap toh chaa gaye :)

    • 9 months ago

      nomadicgypsyshamans

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    • 9 months ago

      colonialbacon3

      i love playing flank openings, like larsen, hungarian, anderssen's. i think its a style of waiting for black to make the move, instead of black waiting for white, like playing as black while having the white pieces...although, if you are solid i think maybe you can ideally play as both? interesting...

    • 9 months ago

      dcokeman

      I know chess.com is trying to improve with videos and wiki pics, but a few things could be done. First, wrap text around a picture; the layout is dreadful, and with a wrap around, at least the picture would flow better (don't believe me, do what Amazon does, one of the most visited sites, which is text wrapping). Secondly, use such things sparingly; the goal is to generate interest, but I suspect most people just gloss over them as quick as possible, especially since a lot seems to be just a pic or a video that is for fun.

      As for me, I read for the content, not the graphics, so much of this takes away from my reading. By the way, great article!

    • 9 months ago

      VahanGoldenStar

      Thank you for your educational effort, GM Harikrishna! Nice to see one of the top GMs in the world writing articles on chess.com.

    • 9 months ago

      Catguy25

      I agree hicetnunc.

    • 9 months ago

      StevieBlues

      Yes it is quite an honor to have you here indeed. Is there a way to change the chess diagram to have the annotations on the right side of the board? It would be much easier to read and navigate. Either way, thanks for the interesting article!

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