Originally posted by amolv06
White elected to mess up his pawn structure. Surely there was a deeper idea here that I don't see, so I guess my question is this: why would white mess up his pawn structure. Why is it a good thing in this case, however white's pawn structure in the first diagram is bad?[/b]
To me: White is winning comfortably here. Bishop activity combined with easy piece exchanges and possible pawn structure disruption more than make up for the doubled pawns.
Rid the board of pieces
Now: How do you convert this to a win for black?
Onto the World Championship Game:
Anand (white) plays 15 Qa3.
The first thing that strikes me is: The player has messed up his pawns, what does he gain from this?
Well: Blacks loses a move to develop his bishop.
We are rapidly approaching the end game where, as everyone knows, every MOVE counts and, in fact, moves can sometimes be far more important than material.
The b file on whites queenside is a minefield of pawnly covered squares.
Whites king is very safe.
So, from what I can see, white trades his queenside pawn structure for a move, piece mobility and king safety.