Dangerous Weapons: The Panov Attack

Dangerous Weapons: The Panov Attack

Patzer24
Patzer24
Feb 23, 2009, 12:00 AM |
38 | Opening Theory

Here is a game from the 2009 Aeroflot Open, GM Ragger - IM Salem with full annotations and commentary:





This game is a good example of the dangers that lurk within the Panov Attack (4. c4). White does not get concerned with the pawn structure but rather plays for active piece play. This is a very instructional point. Many times pawn structure is not the most important thing. You should not always worry about getting a disruption in your pawn structure.

In most cases the piece activity over rides the pawn structure of the position. In this game we saw white willingly accept double isolated pawns right near the King position and in return got extremely good piece play that quickly turned into a decisive advantage.
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