Positional Understanding Required to Defeat Hikaru Nakamura!

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With the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) being so serious, RCA would like to say that staying at home has a lot of benefits. First, you stay safe. Second, you can focus on the things you wanted to do. For instance, most of us being ardent chess lovers, we can make the best use of this period to focus on our chess goals and work towards it. 😊

Now let’s get to today’s topic – positional understanding in chess. The majority of the chess players tend to spend most of their time in tactics –solving puzzles, learning tactical motifs, etc. That’s why one can arguably say that 99.9% of chess players can understand a tactic (at least a simple one), while acquiring positional understanding of the game is a road less taken. That is why understanding positional principles can set you apart from a lot of players.

unique chessWe’ve published a new video lesson from our guest coach IM Alexandru Banzea, in which he presents to you the game played between Dariusz Swiercz and Hikaru Nakamura in the PRO Chess League 2020. It was a rapid game and the Berlin Defense was played 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0.

Dariusz is a Polish chess player playing for the United States. He is one of the youngest in history and the youngest Polish of all time to qualify for the title Grandmaster at the age of 14 years and 7 months in 2009. And in this game, he was playing against a five-time United States Chess Champion.

Needless to say, both players had a very strong positional understanding. Yet, Dariusz was coordinating his pieces really well, made the right exchanges, got an outpost for his knight, and played a ‘waiting game’ with his rook maneuver, which ultimately gave a positional advantage to him. Eventually, Hikaru made a couple of mistakes because of which Dariusz was able to convert his positional advantage into a win.

Watch the video lesson below:

You can download the PGN of this game here – LINK 

P.S. How do you spend time at home during this outbreak? If you spend time in chess, what are the different things you do? Please share in the comments below – looking forward to read interesting answers. 😊

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