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# Black Stole The Center From White

Dec 6, 2009, 3:04 PM 0

I was playing with the black pieces in the following illustrations. White tried to

take complete control of the center, but got too ambitious. Not only did I take

the center away from White, but I controlled the entire game. 1.d4 Ng8f6 2.c3

His plan started with Bxf6 followed by e4. See the game below.

[Event "Play Tor Blood"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2009.12.05"]
[White "Mathew"]
[Black "PaulGeniusMorphy"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c3 g6 3.Bg5 Bg7  I learned from experience that 1st move initiative

doesn't mean much, and that any pawn chain can be broken. The pawns are

continue. 4.Bxf6 Bxf6 5.e4+- c5 6.e5 Bg7 7.Nf3 d6!? 8.Bc4 d5!  9.Bb3 O-O 10.O-O

e6 11.Nbd2 Nc6=+ 12.Bc2 a5 13.Qe2 b6!?  At first it appeared that White owned

the center when in fact Black was able to contest it by exhorting pressure on

the central white pawn chain, which it a true example of modern chess theory.

Position after 13..b6

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Watch White's backward developing move.

14.Bd1? Why this move? Ba6!-+ 15.c4

cxd4 16.b3 dxc4 17.bxc4 d3! Black's game all the

way. 18.Qe4 White's queenside is in shreds. Bb7

19.Qh4 Nxe5! 20.Qh3 Bxf3! 21.Bxf3 Nxf3+ 22.Qxf3

Rc8-+  In recent posts I've stated the difference

between classical theory (thought) and modern

chess theory (thought).  Direct occupation of the

center is not going to guarantee the player who does this an advantage, but the

player who knows how to apply chess themes, answer a threat with a threat,

develop with a threat, and initiate good tactics and strategy is guaranteed the

advantage.  Let's continue after 22..Rc8. 23Rc1 e5 24Rd1 f5 25g3 e4 26Qg2 Bb2

27.Rb1 Bc3 28Rxb6 Bxd2 29Rxd2 Qxb6 30h4 e3 31fxe3 Qxe3+

Now let's continue.  32.Kh2
That's right. After my opponent's recapture 33.Qxd2, I slid my rook over to
defend my pawn on d3. And the white queen must absolutely sit in front of

my d3-pawn, or it will advance forward (novelty tactic), considering that
I do have 2 rooks - one to guard the pawn and the other rook to attack.

33..Rfd8 34.Qc3?? d2 Why not? 35.Qb3 d1Q 36.c5+(TM)  Kg7 37.Qc3+ Kh6
38.Qe3+ Kg7 39.Qe5+ Kf7 40.h5 Rd2+ 41.Kh3 Qh1++
0-1
Did you know that great moves and novelties are made by simply
following the basics of chess strategy? In the game above, I
sacrificed my queen which was actually an exchange sac just
because I knew that after shifting my rooks to the open files,
they controlled the center allowing my d3-pawn to eventual-
ly "pass."  Below is a video which illustrates this statagem.
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