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COORDINATE YOUR PIECES ON LOOSE SQUARES NEXT TO
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notyetagm: <COORDINATE YOUR PIECES ON THE LOOSE SQUARES NEXT TO THE ENEMY KING> Annotated Game by GM Mikhail Golubev

White: A. Beliavsky (2657)
Black: L. Ftacnik (2546)

Gotth' Art Cup GM Szentgotthard HUN
(5), 26.02.2010
Gruenfeld defense - D80

29.Bf8!! (D)

After 29.Bf8 Nxf8 , 30.Qh6 decides
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Loose squares next to the enemy king that can be coordinated on are dangerous, dangerous, dangerous.

LOOSE squares near the enemy king are the second most important thing on the chess board, right after checks, because they are mating focal point just waiting to happen.

If your queen makes a square <LOOSE> near the enemy king, then bring in your other pieces to <COORDINATE> on this square and threaten mate. If your other pieces make a square <LOOSE> near the enemy king, then bring in your queen to <COORDINATE> on that square and threaten mate.

Black To Play: 20 ... ?


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The dominant tactical feature in this position are are the <LOOSE SQUARES> next to the White f1-king: both the dark-squares f2 and g1 are attacked by the Black e3-queen and defended -only- by the White f1-king.

So what does Black (Negi) do? He simply <COORDINATES ON THE LOOSE SQUARES NEXT TO THE ENEMY KING> with 20 ... ♗f6-d4!, putting both the f2- and g1-squares en prise.

Position after 20 ... ♗f6-d4!


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White resigns because he has no good defense to the twin threats (<DOUBLE ATTACK>) to the f2- and g1-squares.

Event "World's Youth Stars"
Site "Kirishi RUS"
Date "2007.05.18"
Round "3"
White "Bindrich,F"
Black "Negi,P"
Result "0-1"
WhiteElo "2469"
BlackElo "2515"
EventDate "2007.05.16"
ECO "C88"

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 Re8 10. Ng5 d5 11. exd5 Nd4 12. Rxe5 Qd6 13. Re1 Nxb3 14. axb3 Nxd5 15. Nf3 Bf6 16. Nbd2 Nb4 17. Re3 Rxe3 18. fxe3 Qc5 19. Ne1 Qxe3+ 20. Kf1 Bd4
0-1

35 Kg5-h6!! coordinates with White f6-queen on loose g7-square
Short vs Timman, 1991 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

30 ... Nd2-f3! coordinates with Black h4-queen on loose h2-sq
A Kovchan vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2010 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

White h8-rook makes a8,b8,c8 loose next to the Black b7-king
Morozevich vs Kiril D Georgiev, 2006 
(C45) Scotch Game, 38 moves, 1-0

20 ... Bf6-d4! coordinates on loose f2-,g1-squares near f1-king
F Bindrich vs Negi, 2007 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 20 moves, 0-1

19 - Ne2xc3! coordinates on loose d1-square for 20 - Rd8-d1#
Topalov vs Ivanchuk, 1999 
(A04) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 0-1

31 - Nd3-f4 coordinates on loose g2-square near White g1-king
Short vs Morozevich, 2007 
(A28) English, 31 moves, 0-1

45 ... Ne5-g4 coordinates on loose f2-square near White g2-king
Aronian vs Kramnik, 2007 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

18 ... Rc3-a3!! Black c3-rook joins attack on loose a2-square
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

White d5-queen makes g8-square loose, White g3-rook reinforces
I Nei vs Petrosian, 1960 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

36 .. Bd4-g1! joins Black e5-queen in attacking loose h2-square
Von Popiel vs G Marco, 1902 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

19 Ne4-f6+! White plans to coordinate on h7-square with Qd2-c2
Ivanchuk vs Leko, 2007 
(C45) Scotch Game, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

19 ... Nf6xe4! Black b6-bishop and f7-rook focus on f2-square
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 0-1

Black f3-pawn makes g2-square loose is a big headache for White
Jakovenko vs Carlsen, 2007 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 41 moves, 0-1

11 - Nf6-g4!? joins Black b6-queen in bearing down on f2-square
Kamsky vs A Adly, 2007 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 83 moves, 1/2-1/2

23 Kg1xRf2 Rc8-c2+ skewers White king against loose g2-square
Alatortsev vs Capablanca, 1935 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 0-1

15 h3 stops - Ng4, threat of - BxNf3, queen penetration to h2
Gligoric vs Keres, 1958 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

28 Ng7xe6+! Black f7-pawn blocks h7-queen from loose d7-square
Karpov vs Uddenfeldt, 1972 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 27 moves, 1-0

16 Qh4xh7+! opens h-file so White e5-rook can attack loose h8
Rubinstein vs NN, 1902 
(000) Chess variants, 18 moves, 1-0

36 .. f7xg6?? 37 Qf3-c3+ White c3-queen attacks loose g7-square
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

27 - Re8-e2 coordinates on loose g2-square with Black g3-queen
R Palliser vs D Howell, 2005 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 27 moves, 0-1

33 ... Qf5-e4! threatens mate on loose g2-square with f4-knight
Eljanov vs Radjabov, 2008 
(E77) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

28 Qf5-g5! queen joins White g1-rook to attack loose g7-square
Kramnik vs N Rashkovsky, 1991 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 31 moves, 1-0

17 Nb5-d6+, 18 Qd1-h5 loose f7-square next to f8-king collapses
Kasparov vs Karpov, 2001 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

29 Rg7xh7+! vacates loose g7-square for Qg3-c7+-g7 maneuver
Fischer vs D C Kumro, 1964 
(C26) Vienna, 30 moves, 1-0

30 ... Re2-e3! gives Black h5-queen access to loose f3-square
Anand vs Aronian, 2008 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 34 moves, 0-1

White e1-rook,g6-knight focus on loose e7-square, Black f7-king
Sutovsky vs Sakaev, 2001 
(C14) French, Classical, 63 moves, 1-0

27 ... Nf5-h4! uses pin to bring knight into contact with g2-sq
Morozevich vs Adams, 2001 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 0-1

36 Qa7-e7! White queen joins h6-pawn in attack on loose g7-sq
Morozevich vs Leko, 2007 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 36 moves, 1-0

22 Bf4xh6! loose g7-square means Black cannot save his f8-rook
Tiviakov vs Sutovsky, 2008 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 59 moves, 1-0

24 Rf1-f7! White f7-rook,h4-queen coordinate on loose h7-square
Radjabov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

43 ... Qa1-e1 coordinates on loose f2-king next to White g2-kin
Leko vs Carlsen, 2008 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 53 moves, 0-1

96 - Qe7-e2! coordinates on loose f2-king next to White g2-king
Leko vs Carlsen, 2008 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 96 moves, 1/2-1/2

25 Rg7-h7+! e7-queen,e6-knight coordinate on loose g7-square
Larsen vs D Suboticanec, 1955 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

22 ... Qh4xh2+! opens h-file to loose h1-square, White g1-king
Geller vs G Garcia, 1978 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 22 moves, 0-1

40 ... Rb1-h1+! exploits Black h3-bishop making g2-square loose
P San Segundo Carrillo vs R Wojtaszek, 2006 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 40 moves, 0-1

20 Qb5-e5! threatens mate on both the loose g7-,e8-squares
Alekhine vs L Kussman, 1924  
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1-0

39 Rd8-g8+!! leads to 40 Qg5-d8+, coordinating on loose f8-sq
M Rodshtein vs I Caspi, 2008 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 39 moves, 1-0

23 Bd3-g6! brings White d3-bishop into contact with loose f7-sq
Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

21 ... Qf4-d2! with Black c4-knight threatens 22 ... Qd2xb2#
Mamedyarov vs I Kurnosov, 2009 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Black loses full point simply because d7-,f7-squares are loose
Nijboer vs Timman, 2006 
(C18) French, Winawer, 19 moves, 1-0

31 Qe4-d5 d5-queen,b3-bishop make unstoppable mate threat on g8
Carlsen vs Ponomariov, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

26 Rd1-d6!+- White d8-queen,d6-rook both attack loose f6-square
J L Hammer vs W So, 2009 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

35 ... Qg5-g3 now Black d1-knight,g3-queen coordinate on f2-sq
W So vs A Giri, 2010 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

26 Rh1-f1 f1-rook,a7-queen coordinate on loose f7-sq,f8-king
Ivanchuk vs Van Wely, 2010 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

36 ... Rg3-h3+! Black g3-rook,g7-queen,g8-rook all attack g2-sq
J Arizmendi Martinez vs J M Gomez Esteban, 2006 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

Naka focuses e1-knight, g3-pawn, g6-rook, h3-bishop on g2-squar
Gelfand vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E97) King's Indian, 33 moves, 0-1

Looseness of g2-square next to White h2-king leads to mate in 3
D Ledger vs P K Wells, 2001 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 33 moves, 0-1

M Vachier-Lagrave vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2011 
(D94) Grunfeld, 36 moves, 1-0

Ivanchuk vs Nakamura, 2011 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 39 moves, 1-0

39 ... Qf6-e5?? 40 Qa2-b1!+- coordinates on the loose h7-sq
Khurtsidze vs Zhao Xue, 2012 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

21 Qg5-h6! 1-0 brings g5-queen into contact with loose g6-sq
Spassky vs J Marsalek, 1960 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 21 moves, 1-0

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