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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday's Improve Your Middle Game.

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(14) Winawar - Chigorin
Warsaw 1882, 26.08.2012

White controls the g7 file and a1-h8 diagonal creating a weakness at g7-square. Black's f3-pawn is weak at the same time a7-g1 diagonal as well as d7-h3 diagonal is controled by Black. Black knows its own weaknesses designs the strategy. As a Black player The first idea comes to the mind is capturing the white pawn on f3 is the best move. But the pawn is defended by the White Queen on c3. Black has to deflect this queen or to capture it. White's Knight at e4-square is ready to jump to f6-square.  1...Bd4! 2.Qxd4 Qxf3+ 3.Rg2 Bh3 4.Rag1 Re8 5.Qc3

Bxg2+ 6.Rxg2 Rxe4 7.Qxf3 Re1+ 8.Rg1 Rxg1+ 9.Kxg1 Rxf3
It is well said that one who knows its own weakness is wise. White was unaware of its weakness at f3. 0-1