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Walloping Weak Pawns and Holes
Compiled by fredthebear

Like I need another file, right?

Attacking a weak pawn can be a lot like baking a cake. It all takes awhile, but it's not that hard to do -- be patient, smell the aroma -- and it tastes great in the end. Some very satisfying wins come when the opponent is saddled w/a nagging problem that he just can't get rid of and it attracts a lot of attention. The winner just squeezes like a python until it's all over. Personally, I especially enjoy attacking along half-open files (my pawn has been removed from the file but my opponent's pawn remains), finding holes on the 6th (especially fianchetto structures) and bad bishop structures caught behind it's own pawns. The key is to set up a blockade so the weak pawn is prevented from advancing to correct itself or get traded off. Aaron Nimzowitsch explains the concept well.

Pieces want to romp around the board in all directions. Pieces don't like to sit still passively guarding (baby sitting) a weak pawn that cannot be protected by another pawn next to it. Since a pawn cannot go backwards to return to safety, the piece must provide the safety or abandon it. Do remember that weak squares for easy penetration exist between and behind pawns. Thus, the battle may not be so much about the weak pawn itself, but the free squares surrounding it that it cannot capture or obstruct.

It seems there tends to be more backward pawn examples in here than doubled or isolated pawns. Some of these games allow the weak pawn itself to remain aboard, but the square in front of the pawn becomes a great blockade/outpost of support.

French, abNormal Variation (C10) 1-0Fianchetto creates weakness
A Kinoshita vs D Jegaden, 2008 
(C10) French, 7 moves, 1-0

Zukertort: Lisitsyn Gambit (A04) 1-0 Must Know Crusher
H Haberditz vs Hysek, 1938 
(A04) Reti Opening, 8 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Closed (C88) 1-0 Nxf7 opened the door for more
Ramesh vs G B Joshi, 2000 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 1-0

Two interesting famous men: Rousseau mates Hume with noble N
J J Rousseau vs D Hume, 1765 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 15 moves, 1-0

Dutch Hopton Attack (A80) 1-0 Central crush awaits
Kasparov vs M Wrobel, 1993 
(A80) Dutch, 20 moves, 1-0

Cntr Cntr 7.Nge2 Bg4 8.f3 (B01) 1/2-1/2 P thrusts gain a tempo
W Schlage vs E J Diemer, 1938 
(B01) Scandinavian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Var (B02) 0-1Enter the Queen!
K Moniszka vs T Kamieniecki, 2001 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 19 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Maroczy Var (B02) 0-1 Penetrate weak squares
L Day vs G Antunac, 1981 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Defense: Modern Var (B04) 1-0 A dizzy K walk
Bogoljubov vs Tarrasch, 1925 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 23 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def. Modern Main Line (B05) 1/2-1/2 W is lucky to draw
Dolmatov vs Morozevich, 1995 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Liverpool 1874 "Fiddling While Burn Roams" (GOTD)
Burn vs Owen, 1874 
(B06) Robatsch, 14 moves, 1-0

Modern Def (B06) 1-0 How long did W take to calculate all this?
F Roeder vs W Zbikowski, 1983 
(B06) Robatsch, 31 moves, 1-0

Pirc Defense: Classical. 2Knights (B08) 1-0 Ruin the K's shield
Schiffler vs Kramnik, 1996 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 16 moves, 0-1

Pirc Classical. Quiet System Parma Def (B08) 1-0 En Passant IQP
Spassky vs Parma, 1966
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 32 moves, 1-0

C-K Panov Attack. Fianchetto Def (B14) 1-0 5...g6 is questioned
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1966 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 45 moves, 1-0

The first time a reigning champion loses to a computer!
Deep Blue vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 37 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Alapin 2...e6 3.d4 d5 (B22) 1-0 Positional clinic
Tiviakov vs Van der Wiel, 1994 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 48 moves, 1-0

Sicilian, Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30) 0-1 Holes HURT!
Kholmov vs Korchnoi, 1965 
(B30) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

Game 9: Outpost & Weak Pawns... Simple Chess by Michael Stean
Hecht vs G Forintos, 1974 
(B30) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30) 1-0 B blockade on 6th
Rossolimo vs K Galia, 1948
(B30) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Old Sicilian (B30) 1-0Playing for a draw in a worse EG position
I D Dorfman vs Taimanov, 1976 
(B30) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

French vs King's Indian Attack (B40)1-0 Backward f-pawn problem
S Kindermann vs Short, 1987 
(B40) Sicilian, 51 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen. Bastrikov Var (B47) 0-1 Backward pawns fall
J Durao vs Suetin, 1994
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 26 moves, 0-1

I gave you everything and the kitchen sink and you still lost!
Tal vs A Vooremaa, 1971 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51) 1-0 "An easy win for me"
Tiviakov vs Anand, 2012 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 50 moves, 1-0

Carlsen plays the Canal-Sokolsky Attack
Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Def. 7...a6 Richter-Rauzer (B66) 1-0 Keep piling on
Nezhmetdinov vs P Dubinin, 1950 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 32 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Dragon. Classical(B74) 1-0Exchange, then what happens?
B Kostic vs Noteboom, 1931 
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt (B88) 1-0 Spearhead
Fischer vs J Kupper, 1959 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf (B90) 1-0 Tripled f-pawns lose
Naiditsch vs Van Wely, 2008 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Var (B93) 1-0 Sandwhiched
Karpov vs Uddenfeldt, 1972 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 27 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A White Hedgehog)
Fischer vs Mecking, 1970 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Horwitz Defense 1...e6 2...b5?! (A40) 1-0 2 vs 1 ending
Le Quang Liem vs Mamedyarov, 2009 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

Bird, From Gambit x1. 2Knights (A02) 1-0 Inflict doubled pawns
H Danielsen vs R Hardarson, 2001 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Bird Opening: Anti-Bird Bg4 (A02) 1-0 Weak pawns
V Pechenkin vs I Aird, 2009 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 30 moves, 1-0

Reti Double Fio (A04) 1-0 Winning Rook deflection, rob the pin
V Malisauskas vs U Lauk, 1993 
(A04) Reti Opening, 51 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening vs NY System (A06) 1-0 N sac is game changer
L Gutman vs Bagirov, 1989 
(A06) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

Great game by Bird in his mid-60's beating soon to be WC Lasker
Bird vs Lasker, 1892 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 102 moves, 1-0

English, Agincourt Def. Wimpy System (A13) 1-0 Galloping Knight
S Cicak vs A Khruschiov, 2008 
(A13) English, 48 moves, 1-0

K's English. Four Knights, Fianchetto Lines(A29) 0-1Rob the pin
C Hansen vs Anand, 2003 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 19 moves, 0-1

English Agincourt Def. Neo Catalan Dclnd (A14) 1-0 Kside BASH!
Quinteros vs R Henley, 1976 
(A14) English, 39 moves, 1-0

Horwitz Def (A40) 1-0 Grab 2 Ps, lose time w/Q, vulnerable f7
Kasparov vs Timman, 1987 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 16 moves, 1-0

Benoni Defense: King Pawn lines (A65) 1-0 Weak backward pawns
Yermolinsky vs J L Watson, 2003
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 34 moves, 1-0

K Pawn Game: Alapin Opening (C20) 0-1Doubled g-pawns fall
Alapin vs Mackenzie, 1890
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 0-1

Philidor Defense (C41) 1-0 Positionally busted
Jakovenko vs A A Ivanov, 2013 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

Three Knights, Philidor Def. (C46) 1-0 Better pawn structure
Petrosian vs Nezhmetdinov, 1949 
(C46) Three Knights, 43 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Blumenfeld Attk (C45) 1/2-1/2 80 yrs old vs 64 yrs
J Mieses vs E G Sergeant, 1946 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spanish, Berlin Def (C65) 0-1 Little gem, great hazards
Gunsberg vs E Schallopp, 1886 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65) 1-0 Steady Blowout
Yu Yangyi vs Kramnik, 2014 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

French Advance, Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 1-0 B Sac, N Outpost
B Wall vs H Murtaugh, 1971 
(C02) French, Advance, 11 moves, 1-0

French Tarrasch. Morozevich Var (C03) 0-1 Escort the passer
Adams vs Caruana, 2008 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 64 moves, 0-1

French Defense: Classical. Burn (C11) 1-0 g7 is weak, can't fix
Anand vs Korchnoi, 2000 
(C11) French, 19 moves, 1-0

French Classical. Steinitz Var (C11) 1-0 Constriction strategy
Steinitz vs Sellman, 1885 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

French Classical Burn (C11)1-0 Overworked P allows Q "windmill"
Kasparov vs Shirov, 2000 
(C11) French, 35 moves, 1-0

French Exchange (C11) 1-0 W sacs Q & R to open h-file
Blackburne vs J Schwarz, 1881 
(C11) French, 28 moves, 1-0

FR Winawer. Poisoned Pawn (C18) 1-0 Surprise B sac opens chain
Stein vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Zeller Defense (D00) 0-1 Outplayed
R Forthofer vs A Zatonskih, 2006 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 0-1

Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11) 1-0 Mating Deflection
Dreev vs I Galic, 2008 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 36 moves, 1-0

Slav, Quiet Variation. Schallopp Def (D12) 1-0 Boden's Mate
Koltanowski vs Webb, 1941 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 18 moves, 1-0

QG Declined: Semi-Tarrasch (D41) 1-0 Backward a-pawn soon gone
Anand vs Korchnoi, 1998 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

Video link: a wonderful demo of how to play against the IQP
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921  
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 68 moves, 0-1

Game 24: "The Immortal Games of Capablanca" by Reinfeld
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def. Scandi 2.Nc3 (B02) 0-1 Painful backward b-pawn
Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1923 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 52 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann Exchange (B13) 0-1 W loses 2 backward pawns yet lasts
V Vepkhvishvili vs N Chakhoian, 1974
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 101 moves, 0-1

C-K Exchange (B13)1-0 W exchanges backward pawns, doubles vs f7
V Vepkhvishvili vs V Gvatua, 1999
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 49 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Def. Gurgenidze System (B15) 0-1 Two isolated pawns
V Vepkhvishvili vs V Gaprindashvili, 1995
(B15) Caro-Kann, 62 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Richter-Rauzer. Classical (B64) 1-0 Backward f-pawn
Leko vs Kramnik, 1995 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

Q Pawn Game: Krause Var (D02) 1-0 Black ruins Kside, bad bishop
Kamsky vs Dlugy, 1989 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Absolutely stunning combination!!
H Wagner vs W Schoenmann, 1919  
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

QGA Central Var. McDonnell Def (D20) 1-0 Black pawns busted
Shirov vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1991
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 33 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Dragon Yugoslav Attack Old Line (B78) 1-0 weak f7 pawn
Adorjan vs P Ostojic, 1974 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 28 moves, 1-0

White cannot whallop the weak pawns here
Adams vs Nunn, 1996
(B40) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

I just love how the White Q rushes to the chopping block.
Paulsen vs Morphy, 1857  
(C48) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Pianissimo 5.d3 (C53) 1-0 Blockade, Rob the pin
Kasparov vs A Queiroz, 2004 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 23 moves, 1-0

Two Knights Def Ponziani-Steinitz Gambit- 0-1, 17 moves, Q sac
Edelman vs I Mazel, 1928 
(C57) Two Knights, 17 moves, 0-1

Capa accepts doubled Ps w/out castling->overworked P exchange
Capablanca vs A G Pedroso, 1927 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 37 moves, 1-0

Polish Opening (A00) 1-0 Gain space, seize 7th, pin backward P
Smyslov vs S Tatai, 1967 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Anderssen Opening 1.a3 g6 (A00) 0-1 B fork ends it
Velimirovic vs Timman, 1978 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Kadas Opening 1.h4 (A00) 0-1 Weak pawn structure, blockade
R Fabry vs Z Radojevic, 1978 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

Polish Opening. KID vs Sokolsky Attack(A00) 0-1 P problem grows
J Sander vs Korchnoi, 1985
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Anderssen Opening / Reversed Benoni (A00) 0-1 Bold kNight entry
Cvetko Jaksa vs U Kobe, 2001
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Anderssen Opening (A00) 1-0 The castled king wins again
Steinitz vs Blackburne, 1873 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening: Q Pawn Def (A06) 1-0Exchange sac, weak pawns
Ribli vs B Thorfinnsson, 2005 
(A06) Reti Opening, 26 moves, 1-0

Owen Defense / Hippo (B00) 1-0 Doubled isolated pawns are weak
E Torre vs N Gaprindashvili, 1994 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 53 moves, 1-0

Owen Def: Shamkovich/Hippo (B00) 0-1 N+ busts overworked R
A Stangl vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

French Advance. Wade Variation (C02) 1-0 Self-inflicted hole
Jiri Nun vs M Brodsky, 1994 
(C02) French, Advance, 21 moves, 1-0

Spanish Four Knights, Janowski Var (C49) 1/2-1/2 OCB ending
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1909 
(C49) Four Knights, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Tarrasch. Chistyakov Def Modern Line (C07)0-1Backward P
Tiviakov vs Psakhis, 1993 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 62 moves, 0-1

Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11) 1-0 Insane territorial control
Capablanca vs K Treybal, 1929 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 58 moves, 1-0

Modern Def: Beefeater (A40) 0-1 Black N sac for pawn roller
G Buckley vs D Norwood, 1999 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Larsen Attack/Chess Variant (000) Two mating squares
Nimzowitsch vs Leelaus, 1910 
(000) Chess variants, 20 moves, 1-0

Colle 5.c3 vs Horwitz Defense (A40) 1-0 Isolated Pawns fall
V Kovacevic vs B Abramovic, 1984 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 45 moves, 1-0

Polish Opening (A00) 1/2-1/2 Backward pawn creates hole
M Basman vs J L Watson, 1979
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Defense: K's Indian Attack (A08) 0-1 Qside assault
T Spanton vs W B Wright, 2007 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

NID Normal Bernstein Def Except Gligoric Systm (E53) 1-0Isolate
Browne vs Ljubojevic, 1978 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 23 moves, 1-0

Game 173: Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by John Watson
Kasparov vs Short, 1994 
(C11) French, 32 moves, 1-0

Scotch Gambit. Canal Variation Anti-Max Lange Attack (C56) 0-1
A Cheron vs L Steiner, 1928 
(C56) Two Knights, 33 moves, 0-1

Game 3: Weak Pawns found in Simple Chess by Michael Stean
Adorjan vs M Mukhin, 1973 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Understanding Pawn Play by GM Marovic, Ch. 2, p. 49
Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908  
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense: Geller Gambit (D15) 1-0Weak squares in pawn chain
Geller vs Unzicker, 1952 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

A positional slaughter. If no Bd3, then e3, Bf3 and e-4 push.
Kamsky vs Gelfand, 2007 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Four Knights, Double Spanish Misc. 5.O-O (C49) 0-1 zugzwang end
J Bernstein vs Marshall, 1915 
(C49) Four Knights, 41 moves, 0-1

Pseudo-Stonewalls (A46) 1-0 Colle shows understanding of Pawns
Colle vs J Szekely, 1927 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

Rubinstein Opening /Colle-Zukertort (D05) 1-0 Scattered; Pin it
A Stefanova vs Zhonghan Ma, 2015
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense: Czech. Carlsbad Variation (D17) 0-1 Arabian Mate
P Cramling vs Hector, 2010 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65) 1-0 W occupies the 6th rank
Fritz vs Khalifman, 2005 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

Evans Gambit. Anderssen Var. Cordel Line (C51) 1/2- Dbl Dbld Ps
Kasparov vs Short, 1993 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Horwitz Defense / Bad Dutch (A40) 1-0 Miserable d-pawn blockade
Harrwitz vs Horwitz, 1849 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Larsen-Bird Attack: Classical b3, e3, f4 (A01) 0-1 P race
G Szilagyi vs Bagirov, 1969 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 52 moves, 0-1

Initiative against IQP counts in R+N endgames
Karjakin vs Anand, 2016 
(A06) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

QGA Classical Def. Alekhine System (D28) 1-0 R sac into N fork
Spassky vs Avtonomov, 1949 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1-0

Catalan Opening (E00) 0-1 Dark Horse
Aronian vs Topalov, 2008 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 0-1

Catalan Opening: Closed (E00) 0-1 Issues on both flanks
Smejkal vs E Lobron, 1991
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Game 98 in Chess Highlights of the 20th Century by G. Burgess
Alekhine vs C H Alexander, 1936  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

Bogo-Indian Def. Nimzowitsch Var (E11) 0-1 Spearhead controls
J Berkvens vs I Rogers, 2002 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 47 moves, 0-1

QID Kasparov-Petrosian ML (E12) 0-1Minority Attack bxc6 counter
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

QID etc. (E15) 0-1 Destroy c-pawn isolani like Nimzowitsch
Van Wely vs Karpov, 1996
(E15) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

QID Classical. Traditional, Main Line (E19) 1-0 Klunker Black R
Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1940 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 43 moves, 1-0

Weak Pawns, Weak Squares and Mighty, Mighty Knights
H K Mattison vs Nimzowitsch, 1929  
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 23 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical (E32) 0-1Textbook transfer
Doroshkievich vs Karpov, 1970 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Keres Def(E32) 0-1 f3 is weak
S Hjorth vs L Liljedahl, 1971 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 31 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E36) 1/2-1/
Euwe vs Capablanca, 1929 
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

A "gruesome example of a blockade" -- GM Neil McDonald
Feigin vs M Monticelli, 1936 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 23 moves, 1-0

Aron Nimzowitsch's Best Games: Restrain, Blockade, Destroy
P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 40 moves, 0-1

NID Normal. Schlechter Def (E52) 0-1 Black manhandles Isolani
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1978 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 45 moves, 0-1

Nimzo-Indian Def: Normal. Gligoric System (E53) 0-1R on its way
Letelier vs Smyslov, 1967 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 78 moves, 0-1

KID Fianchetto. Simagin Var (E62) 0-1 Cramped into Zugzwang
Quinteros vs Panno, 1968 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 34 moves, 0-1

KID: Normal / Benoni (E70) 0-1 W pawns fall like ripe apples
Szabo vs Fischer, 1960 
(E70) King's Indian, 24 moves, 0-1

Positional Chess Handbook by Israel Gelfer
E Jacobsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1923 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 0-1

King's Indian Attack d3-c3-d4-dxc5 (A07) 1-0 R ending w/Qside P
Fischer vs J Durao, 1966 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

English, Great Snake (A10) 1-0 Weak double pawns wall off
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(A10) English, 52 moves, 1-0

English Opening Symmetrical. Botvinnik System Reversed (A37)0-1
N Vulicevic vs Ashley, 1998 
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 29 moves, 0-1

Dutch Staunton Gambit. Balogh Defense (A82) 1-0 Hole on e6
A Bigg vs T Clarke, 2004 
(A82) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 39 moves, 1-0

Dutch Leningrad vs London System (A80) 0-1 Hole-y White cramp
P Trajkovic vs R Petkovic, 2001 
(A80) Dutch, 36 moves, 0-1

Dutch Stonewall. Modern Bd6 (A90) 1-0 Notes by Peter Clarke
Petrosian vs A Pirtskhalava, 1947  
(A90) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

Scotch Gambit Haxo Gambit (C45) 1-0 Kside crusher; notes by JHB
Blackburne vs J B Payne, 1862  
(C45) Scotch Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Scotch Gambit. Cochrane-Anderssen Var (C44) 0-1 Deadly Q&N
C Eliason vs Anderssen, 1855 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 0-1

Game 112 in Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games V2 by Stohl
Kasparov vs Bacrot, 2000 
(C45) Scotch Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Game 14 in My System by Aron Nimzowitsch
Nimzowitsch vs Leonhardt, 1911  
(C49) Four Knights, 48 moves, 1-0

Backward b-pawn bites Caruana in the buttocks
Carlsen vs Caruana, 2012 
(C00) French Defense, 66 moves, 1-0

Variants / Bird's / Lisystyn Gambit (000) 1-0 Philidor's Legacy
Tarrasch vs Kolb, 1894 
(000) Chess variants, 29 moves, 1-0

French Two Knights (C00) 1-0 P lever aids White battery
I Rogers vs R Witt, 2005
(C00) French Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Advance. Paulsen Attack (C02) 0-1 N dance
H Geanta vs Grischuk, 1992 
(C02) French, Advance, 36 moves, 0-1

French Advance. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02) 0-1 N robs the pin!
J Gruz vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1977 
(C02) French, Advance, 31 moves, 0-1

Modern Chess Strategy III by Ludek Pachman
Nimzowitsch vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

Spanish, Morphy Def. Modern Steinitz Def (C72) 1-0 EZ pickin's
R P Michell vs Capablanca, 1919 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 54 moves, 0-1

Spanish Closed. Flohr System (C92) 1-0 Spearhead occupies holes
Kasparov vs Smejkal, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Closed Chigorin (C96) 0-1 Hole on the 3rd
Maroczy vs Capablanca, 1924 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 0-1

Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Euwe Def (D00) 1-0 Kside crusher
G Grasser vs G Mendez, 2010 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1-0

QGD Ragozin Def (D38) 1-0 Minority Attack w/N pair vs B pair
Carlsen vs Aronian, 2015 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav Def (D43) 1-0 Crummy Black pawn structure
G Timoshenko vs J Persson, 1997
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

QGD Tartakower Def. Exchange (D59) 1-0 So good Spassky clapped
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 41 moves, 1-0

Both R wheelin' dealin' then White busts the backward pawn
Fine vs Dake, 1933 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Modern Def. Geller's System (B06)1-0 BF creates central passer
Fischer vs Ivkov, 1970 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 1-0

Yuri Averbakh protested legal 0-0-0?!?
Averbakh vs Purdy, 1960 
(A16) English, 48 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense: Alapin Var (D16) 1-0 Weak squares
Boleslavsky vs Smyslov, 1950 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 1-0

Q Pawn Game: Zukertort (D02) 1-0 Inflict doubled pawns
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1948 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

C5 Complex Focal Points p.114 Art of Attack by Vladimir Vukovic
Euwe vs Flohr, 1939 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

KIA vs Copycat / delayed Dragon d6 (A07) 1-0 Heavy penetration
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1955 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

C-K Advance. Short Var (B12) 1-0 Black has weak pawns
Adams vs A Summerscale, 2010 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Czech Benoni Def (A56) 1-0 White queen is a decoy-fork machine!
Kramnik vs A Mascarenhas, 1991 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 40 moves, 1-0

Weak squares in the Dutch Stonewall. Notes by Peter Clarke
Petrosian vs Bondarevsky, 1950  
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Old Benoni (A43) 0-1 White has weak squares, restricted king
Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912  
(A43) Old Benoni, 32 moves, 0-1

Polish-Bird Opening: Baltic Def (A00) 0-1Capa moved too many Ps
Capablanca vs Kevitz, 1924 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 13 moves, 0-1

KID Six Pawns Attack (E77) 1-0 Weakened dark squares
Seirawan vs Ivanchuk, 1997 
(E77) King's Indian, 22 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Mieses Var (C45) 1/2-1/2 Light squared fortress
Ni Hua vs Shirov, 2011 
(C45) Scotch Game, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sicilian Kan. Polugaevsky Var (B42) 1-0 Lucena position ahead
Potkin vs N Vitiugov, 2012 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 73 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Defense: Two Knights (D32) 0-1 Forced K March
Dlugy vs S Trindade, 1983 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 0-1

Best Lessons of a Chess Coach by Sunil Weeramantry
J Dobias vs J Podgorny, 1952 
(C10) French, 20 moves, 1-0

English, Anglo-Slav (A11) 1-0 IQP; SCB, Dovetail Mate in 1
Polugaevsky vs Mecking, 1971 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 59 moves, 1-0

Unusual Dbl Stonewalls (D02) 0-1 Quadrupled pawns lose
Alekhine vs Nenarokov, 1907 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Grob Opening, Long fianchetto vs Cntr Pawn Duo (A00) 1-0 Weak P
G Welling vs P Bekkers, 1996 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

Game 30 in Elements of Combination Play in Chess - Reinfeld
Bogoljubov vs Capablanca, 1924 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 0-1

Cntr Cntr 3...Qa5, 6.Ne5 (B01) 0-1 BxBc4 central battle
P McCarthy vs R Norinkeviciute, 2005
(B01) Scandinavian, 32 moves, 0-1

Spanish Closed. Averbakh Var (C87) 1-0 Pawn weakness
Hydra vs Adams, 2005 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Old Indian Def (A53)1-0 Space gains material advantage, passer
Salwe vs Tartakower, 1910 
(A53) Old Indian, 61 moves, 1-0

P-Q4 Zukertort Var (D02) 1-0 AJ kicks in the backdoor!!
A J Goldsby vs R Phillips, 2011 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0Central P thrust breakthrough
J N Riff vs V Vulevic, 2016 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 32 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Defense: Maroczy Var (B02) 0-1 Sequence change-up
G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1925 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Weak dark squares f4, d6, and h6 near Black g8-king permit mate
A Adly vs V Laznicka, 2007 
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

White g2-bishop,f1-rook cannot defend weak kside dark squares
Gelfand vs Karjakin, 2008 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Kan. Modern Var (B42) 1-0 Pin, sacs, Q+s mop up
Karpov vs V Pozdniakov, 1970 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 57 moves, 1-0

You won't believe your eyes!!
V Malinin vs V Savinov, 1988 
(A58) Benko Gambit, 36 moves, 1-0

French Winawer. Poisoned P ML (C18) 1-0 Kamsky time trouble
Karjakin vs Kamsky, 2009 
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

Italian, Classical c3, d3. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53) 0-1Brilliant
Ivanchuk vs Karjakin, 2011 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 37 moves, 0-1

Sicilian 2.f4 McDonnell Attack. Tal Gambit (B21) 0-1 W misery
V Zhuravliov vs Yermolinsky, 1988 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 34 moves, 0-1

Benoni Defense: Classical. Argentine Counterattack (A75) 1-0
L Eperjesi vs B Perenyi, 1980 
(A75) Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4, 39 moves, 1-0

Colle 5c3 System (D00) 0-1 Infiltrate weak light squares
E Raclauskiene vs C Roodzant, 1939 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Kan. Knight Var (B43) 1-0 different kind of bad bishop
Hector vs J Vidarsson, 1996 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 9 moves, 1-0

Hungarian Opening/Dbl Fio Reti (A00) 0-1 Blockade backward pawn
B Wall vs J R Boyce, 1973 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

Caro-Kann Def: Breyer (Dbl Fio) Stein Attk (B10) 1-0 Dbl R sacs
Stein vs R Hartoch, 1969 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 44 moves, 1-0

Dbl Fio vs Dutch Stonewall. Modern (A90) 0-1 Weak Ps drop off
Caruana vs Carlsen, 2015 
(A90) Dutch, 52 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51) 1-0 White invades
Lilienthal vs Kotov, 1940 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 25 moves, 1-0

Horwitz Defense (A40) 0-1 Avoidable R sac, unavoidable Q sac
N Tereshchenko vs Alekhine, 1909 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 0-1

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