Chapter Five Zugzwang

The term zugzwang was introduced into chess theory in the latter years of the 19th century. It is formed from two German words Zug (the move), and Zwang (literally compulsion), thus compulsion to make a move. However, the concept of zugzwang extends beyond this narrow definition. Zugzwang refers to positions in which any move results in deterioration of one's own position, or to material losses. Grandmaster Razuvajev defined zugzwang as any situation where it is impossible for a player to...

Balashov Romanishin [E

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 Bb7 6.Bd3 Ne4 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 Bb7 6.Bd3 Ne4 An energetic move. White does not lose any time protecting a pawn. This sacrifice is justified because if Black accepts the pawn, his Bishop will be out of play. 7.,.Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bxc3 9.Rb1 Nc6 10.Rb3 Ba5 11.e4 h6 12.d5 Ne7 13.Bb2 The difference in location of each side's dark-squared Bishop is now appreciable. The White Bishop on b2 is on an Interstate highway, while his Black...

Contents

Infantry Against Cavalry 2 Opening of One Knight 3. Virtual Extra Material 4 A Good Man is Hard to Find 5 Throwing Oil on the Fire (A 6. Gordian Knot 7. The Ugly Location 8. Shadow of a Knight 9. Knight's Tour 10 Open Highway 11 One-Way Ticket to Nowhere 12. Criminal Brought to Justice 13. Moving the Fence 14. A Pair of Boots 15. Prisoner with a Life Sentence 16 Inevitable Breakthrough 17 Dead Wood 18 Premature Attack 19. Struggling with God 20. From Bad to Worse 21. The Great Wall of Pawns 22....

Furman Polugaevsky [E

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 0-0 5,e3 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.0-0 d5 8.a3 Be7 9.b4 c5 10.bxcS bxcS 11.Rb1 Ba67 This move complicates the development of Black's queenside. Preferable was 11, Qc8 12.Ne5 cxd4 13.exd4 Nfd7 14.Ndf3 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Bf6 A mistake, after which Black can't escape from White's vise-like grip. The best fighting chance was an exchange sacrifice with 15 Bxc4 16.Nxc4 dc Black hopes to solve his problems by trading pieces. However, after the exchange of queens, the backwardness of...

Palatnik Aristorenas [E

In the next game the Tarrasch Formula finds the object of its application to be Black's light-squared Bishop. During the legal proceedings against this piece. White's h-pawn was identified as the victim whose sacrifice brought Black's errant Bishop to justice. The return road in the Bishop's criminal past along the diagonal h3 - c8 became securely blocked, and his fate was sealed. The white King rejected the Black Bishop's appeal for mercy by personally carrying out the execution. 1.d4 Nf6 2,c4...

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An important conclusion can be made after this game You can consciously go into a position with a patient who is sick according to Dr. Tarrasch's Formula if you know or at least feel that it is possible to cure him, 0-1 1.Kd1 Bd2 f1 Bb2 2.Nc2 1 Ba3 2.Nc2 Kd3 3.Nxa3 2.Nc6 Kd3 3.Ne5 Kc3 3 Ke3 4 Nc4 4.Nf3 1-0 1.Nd4 Kc5 1 Kb7 2.Kxh2 Ka6 3.Nb3 - 2.Kh1 Kd6 2 Kc4 3.a6 2 Bf8 3.Ne6 2 Bg7 3.Ne6 2 Bg5 3.Ne6 2 Bf4 3.Ne6 2 B 2 3.Nb3 2.,.Bc1 3.Nb3 3.N 5 1-0 1.Nf7 1.Ne6 Be5 1 Ba1 2.Kb1 Bg7 2 Bd4 3.Nd6 Kxc7...

Gufeld Palatnik [B

We have already seen that the Tarrasch Formula is very effective when applied to a single piece. It is even more effective when used against two pieces Throughout the next game, White suffers from a couple of ineffective minor pieces that hobble his progress like an ill-fitting pair of boots. Throughout his entire chess career Grandmaster Gufeld has been a faithful advocate of the Bishop. One might even say that the Bg7 in the King's Indian Defense is the personification of Grandmaster Gufeld....