Breakthrough in center : A three-step strategy a la Carlsen!

Heinrich_24
Jun 29, 2010, 12:00 AM |
19 | Scholastics

In the following game we see how young super grandmaster Carlsen executed a "simple" three-step strategy:

1.step:  Creating a pawn majority in center

 

 

This is the   white reached after 10 moves. He has a pawn majority in center but paid it with the loss of the pair of bishops. Here the first 10 moves:

 

 

2.step: Transposing the pawn majority in center into a passed pawn

 


Here we see how the transposition happened:

 

 

3.step:  Breaking up the blockade

 

 

Was the passed pawn on d7 lost or has white had reached a very promising position? The pawn d7 was protected by a tactical ressource. But Black decided to give the exhange (rook for knight) for it. So he hoped for drawing chances. He also could have played Kf8 and play a "wait and see" -strategy. But also with that strategy it wouldn`t have been easy to reach a draw. 


Resümee: So we can say, that the white strategy with the advance of his passer in center lead to a very promising position. An encouragement to play consequently how the position and pawn structure tells you!

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