advances that take place on the wing not yet contested; Black would like to play ...h4-h3 in some lines) 20 Sel e6 21 h4 £g4 22 2c2 Ed5! (this rook-lift looks awkward, but has ideas like ...Sf5 and ...g5, whereas ...e5 and ...c5 are always in the air) 23 ®al?! (White escapes the pin and intends Seel, but al is a passive square)
(everything has switched to the kingside; the position is hardly clear, but White is on the defensive) 27 Sg2 Sc6 28 Aa3!? h4! 29 gxh4? Bxc4! 30 ®xc4 Wxg2+ 31 <&xg2 £ie3+ 32 &f3 &xc4 33 a6 e5! 34 dxe5 Sxa6 35 ±b4 Ba4 36 Sbl Bxa2 and Black was winning easily in Pingitzer-Topakian, Austrian Cht 1996.
Returning the pawn. Black was threatening ...£}g5!, winning on the spot. 20 f3 (perhaps best) can be answered by 20...£}g5 21 ig2 and either 21...£>e6 or 21...J.xd4!? 22 ±xd4 ®ie6.
The problem is that now ...®d5 is coming, and White can't challenge the file with 22 Sfdl ? due to 22...Sf6.
A cute line given by Piket is 22 5c2 Ef6 23 We3 £>xf2H 24 Bcxf2 (24 ®xd4?? £ih3#) 24...Sxc4 25 Exf6 exf6 26 Sxf6 Sc2 27 Bf2 Sxf2 28 <&xf2 Wxa5 with a large advantage.
Now Black is just a pawn up with more active pieces.
26 Sbl h5 27 Sb8+ <£>g7 28 &g2 c6 29 5c8 £>xg3! 30 fxg3
On 30 &xg3, 30...®e5+ (or 30...Sg4+ 31 &h3 ®a4!) 31 ég2 Sxh4 32 Wf3 Wh2+ 33 4fl Sxe3! is soon decisive.
30...Sde4 31 S8xc6 Sxe3 32 Bxe6 ®d5+ 33 &h2 «xe6 34 Wb5 #g4 35 Sg2 e5 36 a4 Sel 37 S£2 We4 38 Sg2 Sal 39 Wb6 Sxa4 40
I have necessarily simplified a complex subject by concentrating upon some types of structures that players are showing new and different attitudes towards. The broader lesson is that players are well served to be open-minded about doubled pawns, both as to the desirability of inflicting them upon the opponent and the strengths doubled pawns may exhibit. Sometimes, as a number of the most modern openings demonstrate, it's worth going to quite a lot of trouble in terms of time, space, or piece quality to create doubled pawns in the enemy camp. At other times one can happily accept doubled pawns which serve various useful functions such as covering key squares. It is important to note, as Wells does, that in such cases it need not be merely a matter of 'compensation' for doubled pawns, e.g. in the form of open files, the bishop-pair, space or whatever - they may be of superior value in and of themselves. What can be said with confidence is that modern players are taking both sides of a rapidly increasing number of positions with doubled pawns. Considerable experience with particular positions and related ones only accelerate this trend, and we should certainly expect it to continue for years to come.
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