The Imposer

NM nmpdk
Jul 21, 2015, 1:29 PM |

Back in the early 2000s, I was listening to a Sam Ford blitz game in the skittles room at a Chicago Open and he slammed down a bishop on d6, paralyzing black's d7 pawn and several corresponding pieces and declared, "Bam. That's an imposer."


More recently, I was able to use the idea of an imposer- something that gets in the way and imposes its will on the position- twice in the same manner in the same system. The first was at the 2015 edition of the Chicago Open vs. FM Seth Homa:

Then, just this week, I was able to use a similar "imposer" idea on

The powerful a5! push froze black in both positions, and ultimately black's lack of piece activity or mobility was his downfall.

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