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|Realizing the Space Advantage|
|Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos|
|Friday, 23 December 2016 01:13|
One of the most important elements of the positional struggle in a chess game is the element of “space”. Now, between amateurs and club players this aspect is often underrated or misjudged. In this article we will shed some light in the application of this concept, so let’s start first by some key definitions.
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Realizing the advantage:
We recently learned that the rule of “avoid trading pieces” does not apply when it comes to trading heavy pieces (queens + rooks). Actually, it may as well be that trading the rooks and the queens off the board makes it considerably easier for the side with more space to realize his positional plus. This is because the defensive side loses power and is deprived of counter-play, allowing the enemy to maneuver free with his king and minor pieces left. This concept was well explained by Boris Gelfand in one of his recently published books.
Without further talk, let’s see now some examples where we can appreciate the method exposed above.
WHITE TO PLAY
In the game above white correctly provoked a massive simplification that left black in a very difficult endgame. We analyze this position here:
Polugaevsky – Kavalek
We have taken the position right after the opening when black has played the move 11…c5. The subsequent moves are quite interesting and relevant – first, the definition of the center and pawn structure, later the plan and piece deployment by white, finally the endgame. See the details here:
Karpov, A – Diez del Corral, J
Our last example is from a game played by one of the greatest players of all times, the former World Champion Anatoly Karpov. Again, we can see a typical King’s Indian structure in which it seems that black is comfortable. What is most impressive is the clarity Karpov had in his chosen plan: to trade all the heavy pieces and advance his queenside. See the details of this game here, enjoy!
It seems that this method of realizing a spatial advantage is quite effective. It was a bit unknown to us, but not anymore. We hope you enjoyed these examples and may this be the start of a deeper investigation for more. Thank you for reading and feel free to leave your comments!
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