I posted this position in another thread.
That thread is in severe danger of getting pulled and all the posters
(including me) getting a 7 day ban. Thought I'd pull this bit out.
Too much work went into it. (and if I get a 7 day ban - this is next week's blog.)
It's Kasimdzhanov -v- Anand, Linares 2005. Black to play.
I spun the board (forgot to mirror it) Datafly twigged it was a reverse.
I did it just in case anyone recognised the position and dug it out of a DB.
(the paranoia in that other thread was contagious.)
Black to play, what's the plan? what is the next move.
Without a shadow of doubt I would have played 18...Rad8 because if
19.Qxa7 then 19..Bc5 traps the Queen. It's a two move trap. 🙂
Some considered the minority Q-side attack with Black.
When I first started playing and really studying the game I use to think
these writers looked at who won and then wrote accordingly.
One day Capablanca wins because he has a minority attack.
Next day he wins because he has the Queenside majority.
I wish they would make their minds up.
Is 2 v3 on the queenside a plus or a minus?
(I'm still convinced it all depends who won and who is doing the writing.)
However I can put my hand on my heart and honestly swear I have never
played a minority attack in my life.
If I'm throwing two pawns at three pawns then that is because there
is a King hiding behind those three pawns. Nothing more.
Anand played 18.f5!
It's all about the kingside majority and White's lack of development.
That Knight on g3 is a pawn storm target f5-f4-f3
So 18....f5 is the move.
Get the ball rolling before White gets fully developed.
The big clue was me posting it. Do you think I would post a position that
did not contain a cheapo and a king-side attack. 🙂
Here is the full game and how it went. Watch how from move 18 Anand restricts
tactically the development of the c1 Bishop (which in turn restricts the a1 Rook).
I'll use as a reference Neil McDonald's notes on the game from his book.
The Art of Planning in Chess
It is the thinking man's Logical Chess.
He skips past the opening - reaches
the point where the plan/strategic idea was germinated and then gives a
note after practically EVERY MOVE.
A nice intro containing a quote from Lasker which I will shorten.
We can look at and marvel at master paintings but it will not make us master painters.
We can listen to music but it will not turn us into musicians.
We can look at the games of the master players and in doing so it will
help make us better chess players.
I'm enjoying the few games I have played over. Especially this one.
I'd like to think I could have put together at least 50% of the moves after
the posted position but possibly not for the same reasons as Anand.
There are a few of course that would have passed me by
22....b5, 27...Be6 and 31...e3 And these were critcial.
Also I don't think I would have been to keen to swap the pieces,
especially the Knights, as Anand does.
I'm very dogmatic. The defender goes for swaps, the attacker keeps
his deveoped bits on the board.
Again. Watch how Anand keeps that Bishop on c1 on c1 for the whole game
and remember White is a world class player.