The 6 Elements of Chess pt7

The 6 Elements of Chess pt7

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The 6 Elements of Chess Part 7

By NM Steve Colding

Exploiting a Time Advantage

Links to previous articles in the series:

The  6 Elements of Chess

The  6 Elements of Chess Part 2

The 6 Elements of Chess Part 3

The 6 Elements of Chess Part 4

The 6 Elements of Chess Part 5

The 6 Elements of Chess Part 6

     Exploiting a Time Advantage

     The laws of chess applies to everyone regardless of how strong they are. In the bible it says that it rains on the just and the unjust alike. In chess, you ignore the rules at your own peril regardless of how talented you are. 

     The example we are going to use is the game between   6 time U.S. Champion Walter Browne rated 2575 and Miguel Quinteros, Bobby Fischer's best friend, rated 2420. The game took place in the Hoogovens  Tournament in 1974 at Wilk ann Zee. Which Browne went on to win with 11 pts ahead of his next rival with 9.5.


    Walter Browne

   Miguel Quinteros



      14th Round

Opening: Sicilian

Rossolimo Variation

         Walter Browne          Miguel Quinteros

       The stage is set for an exciting game. The game started with the moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+

     Browne's choice of the Moscow Variation (3.Bb5+) was an interesting one since both him and Quinterous were considered a couple of the foremaost experts on the Najdorf variation. Browne's choice was probably dictated by the following considerations:

  1.      Tournament standing:Browne was winning the tournament and he did not need to take a risk by playing against the all or nothing Najdorf.
  2.       Surprise: The Moscow was not a part of Browne's normal opening repetoire and so Quinteros may not have been prepared for it.
  3.      Commom sense:Bobby Fischer was at the time the leading authority on the Najdorf, it would be foolhardy to assume that he would not have shown his friend a few ideas which might have given Browne trouble.

     Quinteros played 3...Bd7 blocking the check and Browne replied with 4.Bxd7+ and Black played 4...Qxd7 . White's next move was 5.c4 clamping down on the square d5. In the Sicilian Defense Black's whole idea is to eventually play d5. When White played c4 he rendered Black's main idea very difficult to carry out. Black now had two choices, normal development or something provocative, Quinteros chose the later.

     5...Qg4?! is a very provocative move indeed! Quinteros no doubt knew that moving the Queen out too early can cause problems but he probably though that he could get away with stealing a Pawn or two.

     Don't you just hate that? Here Browne has done nothing wrong yet now he must lose a Pawn. Where's the justice? Well now it's time to talk about our subject time. Black has spent one move to attack the 2 Pawns. What should White do?







  White castles. The most important thing when developing is to bring out your pieces. Don't worry if you opponent hunts for Pawns sooner or later it will catch up to him, Have faith that you did nothing wrong look out for opportunities and you will be rewarded. Black plays 6...Qxe4?!. In for a penny in for a pound. Still objectivity is very important in chess and its better to be down 2 tempos than 3! Black should probably admit his mistake and try again to catch up but if he did we wouldn't have probably picked this game. (to be cont.)

Next Article : Browne Quinteros Continues

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