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Jflores this plan IS BETTER... when you can pull it off . Lot of times black never gives you the chance.
I wonder if this kind of play was typical of Keres. or if something was going on with him in terms of his personal life at the time of the tournament. seems like a rather unsound decision to go for the tactic on h2 (kind of a reverse greek gift or something) in a long time control standard game against a GM of botvinniks caliber. that doesn't sound like such a good idea. is Keres the guy who famously was always in time trouble?
I liked the lecture, but come on guys, didn't you hear the kitchen noises, dishes being stacked and the phone ringing? It is not professional to record in the kitchen!
The minority attack plan is still played, so this is an alternative plan and not necessarily "better." I appreciate Melik mentioning Karpov's ...N-h5 instesd of ...Bd6? ...Bd6 was the lemon, looking for a trick (Bxh2+) and the game started going downhill from there. Great play by Botvinnik in this classic game.
At what point did Black go wrong?
Very educative! thanks!!
Thank u for ur time and look forward to the next lesson.
Good lecture.I have a book on this pawn structure,but the video here expands on it.Thanks
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Today GM Melik Khachiyan begins a new videos series designed to show examples of exceptional, and sometimes not-so-exceptional, pawn play in chess. We start with a classic battle between Botvinnik and Keres in which the former World Champion "pioneers" the idea of the f3-e4 breakthrough in the Carlsbad pawn structure. Though black eventually trades the dark-squared Bishop, his passive play is punished harshly!
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The Carlsbad Pawn Structure, Part 1
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GM Melikset Khachiyan
Melik began playing chess at the age of 8, won the Baku Junior Championship two years later and became a Soviet Candidate Master two years after that. He began coaching early in his career and has brought up three Junior World Champions (among them Levon Aronian). In 2001, he immigrated to the US, where he qualified to play in the U.S. Championship several times. He earned his Grandmaster title in 2006.
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