What happens when coordinated pieces occupy weak squares?


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Recently, our guest coach IM Boroljub Zlatanovic published a video lesson for you on “Weak Squares”. In that lesson, Boroljub taught you how to occupy weak squares with your pieces and create an attack against them. If you missed it, you can watch that lesson here.
IM Boroljub ZlatanovicContinuing with that instructive lesson, Boroljub has prepared another lesson for you on a similar topic – this time, answering the question “What happens when coordinated pieces occupy weak squares?

 

The above question can be metaphorically related to the saying “adding fuel to the fire”. 🙂 Yes, when your pieces are coordinated, occupy the weak squares and you create an attack against these squares, you have “won” already!

 

Well, it’s easy to say so… but you can learn HOW to do that in reality by watching the game played by IM Boroljub Zlatanovic below:

 

Mickovic, Slavisa (2132) – Zlatanovic, Boroljub (2371) [A40]

Otvoreno prvenstvo Paracina 2016 Paracin,

22.01.2016

 

1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.Bf4 d6 Simply, d6+Nd7+e5 is a very solid method against the so-called “London system”. 4.c3 Nd7 5.e3 e5 6.dxe5?

Chess Puzzle

Black to play

 

After exchanging on White’s queenside, expanding is simply impossible, so… White stays without any real plan. Soon White will face serious problems. 6…dxe5 7.Bg5 Bf6 [7…f6 8.Bh4 Nh6 is another plan, based on keeping Bh4 out of play.

Chess Puzzle

White to play

 

Nh6 is going to d6 and Bg7 to h6 or f8 with good prospects] 8.Bxf6 Ngxf6 9.Bc4 Qe7 10.0–0 0–0 11.a4?… another mistake!

Chess Puzzle

Black to play

 

Advancing pawn (even if possible) will miss its mark! 11…a5! [11…e4! 12.Nd4 c5 13.Nb5 Ne5…

Chess Puzzle

White to play

 

was even better, but at that moment Black already had contemplated transferring the game to a favourable and comfortable endgame] 12.Nbd2 Nb6 13.Be2 [13.Ba2? Bd7! 14.Bb3 (14.b3 Bc6µ) 14…Bc6µ] 13…Rd8 14.Qc2 Bf5 with the idea of provoking advancing pawns and fixing some of them on light squares.

Chess Puzzle

White to play

 

15.e4 Bg4 16.h3 Bxf3 17.Nxf3 Rd7 18.Rfd1 with the idea of reducing material; but after exchanging rooks, White will be far from equality.

Chess Puzzle

Black to play

 

18…Rad8 19.Rxd7 Rxd7 20.Rd1 Rxd1+ 21.Bxd1 Qd6 22.Nd2 Kg7!? White’s pieces are somehow paralysed 23.Be2 [23.Nb1 Nxe4]

Chess Puzzle

Black to play

 

23…Nxa4! 24.Nc4 Qc6 25.Bd3 Nc5 26.Nxa5 Qd6 27.Be2 b6 28.Nc4 Qe6 29.f3? creating very important weaknesses on e3 and g3.

Chess Puzzle

Black to play

If 29.Nd2 Qa2…

Chess Puzzle

White to play

 

..is promising, with ideas of Na4 or Qa1-Qe1] 29…b5!! 30.Na3 c6

Chess Puzzle

White to play

 

30…Qb6? 31.Bxb5 Ncxe4+ 32.Kh2= 31.b4 Qe7!!

Chess Puzzle

White to play

 

Of course, 31…Na4 looks natural, but Black’s chances are not on the queenside. The c3-pawn is not a weakness, and White can even play c4 at some moment, thereby reducing material. Black wants to transfer Nc5 to the kingside!

 

32.Kh2 [32.bxc5 Qxc5+ 33.Kh2 Qxa3–+] 32…Ne6 33.Nb1 Nh5–+ Black is winning. Simply by placing pieces on comfortable squares on the kingside, Black will create a decisive attacking set-up. 34.Bf1 Qh4 35.Qd2 Ng5 36.Qe3 Qg3+ 37.Kh1 Nf4 38.Nd2 f6‡ A very funny and instructive position! White is paralysed!

Chess Puzzle

White to play

 

Any move will lead to the loss of material! 39.Qa7+ Kh6 40.Qe3 [40.Qe7 Qf2 41.Qf8+ Kh5 42.g4+ Kh4 43.Qh6+ Kg3 will lead to an even more amazing final position] 40…Kh5! 41.c4 bxc4 42.Nxc4

Chess Puzzle

Black to play

 

42…Nfxh3 43.Be2 Qe1+ 44.Kh2 Nf4 winning a bishop. White resigned! 0–1

 

You can download the PGN of the above game here.

 

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  1. This lesson was good. I am big fan of your IGOR sir
    I invested in your course few months ago. I bought many of your course and now I have time to study them how to I learn from your courses. Can you provide order of study of your courses. I am confused very very confused on what to study. Courses of your I have
    1. GM Secret
    2. GM Postional Understanding
    3. Self taught Gm
    4. Calculate till mate
    5. Endgame expert
    6. How to beat titled players
    7. Your Winning plan

  2. This lesson was good. I am big fan of your IGOR sir
    I invested in your course few months ago. I bought many of your course and now I have time to study them how to I learn from your courses. Can you provide order of study of your courses. I am confused very very confused on what to study. Courses of your I have
    1. GM Secret
    2. GM Postional Understanding
    3. Self taught Gm
    4. Calculate till mate
    5. Endgame expert
    6. How to beat titled players
    7. Your Winning plan

  3. I have one more thing to say how I can study the course Self taught grandmaster when I was just briefing about each I found out it was more like a learning technique so what to do should I continue techniques showed in it like throughout studying other courses and I am not sure about what to study first winning plan or calculate till mate because they seem to be based on middle but one is like improving calculation adn one is about making plans.

  4. I have one more thing to say how I can study the course Self taught grandmaster when I was just briefing about each I found out it was more like a learning technique so what to do should I continue techniques showed in it like throughout studying other courses and I am not sure about what to study first winning plan or calculate till mate because they seem to be based on middle but one is like improving calculation adn one is about making plans.

    1. Hi Rudolph,

      First and foremost, let me thank you for your trust in my training courses. Frankly, I didn’t understand your question fully, but nevertheless will try to help.

      Do you know how to eat an elephant? 🙂 Take 1 piece at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many ideas/information – it will rather confuse you than help you.

      Have you studied the courses the “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” and “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding” already? If not – I would recommend that you study these 2 courses first. This will clarify most of your doubts.

      Good luck in your chess battles!

      1. Hello Igor, Frankly speaking, i also have some confusion with the course “Self-Taught grandmaster”. Frist of all, i have a question regarding the method of analysing the games of other players: Some instructive chess books ( Zurich 1953 tournament, Tal-Botvinnik 1960) contain a lot of games which ended in a draw,but you say that when we analyse the games of other players we should focus our attention on the moves of the winner so do i have to analyse drawish games following the method which you provided in the corse “Self-Taught Grandmaster”? if yes, then from which side should i do it? And the second question is regarging the study plan presented in the “Self-Taught grandmaster”: why the course Calculate till mate wasnt added into the study plan?. should i study “Calculate till mate” in the very end after finishing the study plan of the Self-Taught Grandmaster course? 🙂 Thanks in advance!

  5. Hi Rudolph,

    First and foremost, let me thank you for your trust in my training courses. Frankly, I didn’t understand your question fully, but nevertheless will try to help.

    Do you know how to eat an elephant? 🙂 Take 1 piece at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many ideas/information – it will rather confuse you than help you.

    Have you studied the courses the “The Grandmaster’s Secrets” and “The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding” already? If not – I would recommend that you study these 2 courses first. This will clarify most of your doubts.

    Good luck in your chess battles!

  6. Hello Igor, Frankly speaking, i also have some confusion with the course “Self-Taught grandmaster”. Frist of all, i have a question regarding the method of analysing the games of other players: Some instructive chess books ( Zurich 1953 tournament, Tal-Botvinnik 1960) contain a lot of games which ended in a draw,but you say that when we analyse the games of other players we should focus our attention on the moves of the winner so do i have to analyse drawish games following the method which you provided in the corse “Self-Taught Grandmaster”? if yes, then from which side should i do it? And the second question is regarging the study plan presented in the “Self-Taught grandmaster”. Could you please tell me at which stage of this plan the course “Calculate till mate” should be studied? ( i am asking this question because it seems to me that Calculate till mate course is not included into the study plan due to the fact that it was created later then Self-Taught grandmaster course). Or should i study “Calculate till mate” in the very end after finishing the study plan of the Self-Taught Grandmaster course? 🙂 Thanks in advance!

    1. oups! i almost forgot about the third question i have regarding the course Self-Taught grandmaster, i just want to clarify one small detail. In the above mentioned course in the +300 spurt stage of the study plan, you recommend to develop the attacking skills by styding the 2nd lesson of the course How to beat titled players and by completing all the tasks from the practical part. And here is the point of my question: how can we complete all of the practical tasks if we only watch the 2nd lesson of the course, if the majority of the practical tasks are related to materials presented in other lessons of the course? And at the same time it seems like other lessons of How to beat titled players are related to the last “Breakthrough” stage of the study plan, aiming to develop “extra skills” Igor, could you please make it clear? sorry for overloading you with questions. Thanks!

    2. Hi Misha,

      1) If a game was drawn, analyze it from the side of a player whose style you like better or try to imitate.

      2) “Calculate till Mate” was developed later than I released “Self-taught Grandmaster”, and that’s why there’s no reference to it.

      At the same time you can find a suitable place for it easily. The course relates to ‘calculation’ and ‘tactics’. The fundamentals of calculation are presented in ‘GM’s Secrets’, while more advanced techniques are in ‘Calculate till Mate’.

      Best of luck!

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