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Understand The Position 35: “A Secret Entrance to the Castle”

GM Ján Markoš | March 19, 2012 – 12:17One Comment | 1,011 views
Understand The Position 35: “A Secret Entrance to the Castle”

The position of Black on the diagram is similar to a well fortified castle. The rook on e5 is its main bastion. It cannot be driven away neither by pawns, bishop (dark-squared bishops are already off the board), rook (f5-square is unavailable) nor by the Nc3 (it is too far from c3 to e5 – four moves…). The f-file is safe for Black and the queenside looks also comfortable for him. Or it doesn’t?

Translated by: Dusan Turcer

Gupta – Pridorozhni, Aeroflot Open 2012, Round 1

It’s nice that the last chord of the game was played on the dark square, in the last chamber of the Black’s palace. There was just one traitor – and the whole defense collapsed.


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