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Ulf Andersson vs Karl Robatsch
FRG-ch International (1979), Munich FRG, rd 6, Mar-??
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0


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  shalgo: This game is a good example of Andersson's dynamic play in the endgame. I discuss it at my blog:

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  Wyatt Gwyon: Ok, show of hands from those who would have played 20. g4
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  TheFocus: <Focus> raises his hand.

Absolutely, I would have played it just like this. I used to study a lot of Petrosian's games and this is the kind of move he would have made, and he was a big influence on my early days of chess.

This "shocker" kind of move makes Black delay, or hesitate about any Pawn action on the Kingside.

What do you see that is negative about this move?

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  Wyatt Gwyon: Nothing. 20. g4 is a studly move (and does look really Petrosian-like). I'd wager the vast, vast majority of folks would double rooks.
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  TheFocus: I love playing moves like this! The Rooks will get doubled anyway; the Pawn move just eats some space on the Kingside and prevents ...f5 or ...h5 right away.
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  Wyatt Gwyon: ...prevents g5 as well because of the hole at f5. Studly move.
May-11-11  LIFE Master AJ: shalgo> Agreed!

Its also game #01 in a new book. (GM Chess Strategy.)

May-13-11  LIFE Master AJ: A most impressive game by the way - almost devoid of tactics.

Andersson slowly improves his position ... until poor Robatsch runs out of moves.

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  perfidious: As Nunn once characterised it after a loss of his own to Andersson, White went straight for his opponent's little toe. This was a lethal display of making good on small advantages in the manner of Capablanca.

One could do a lot worse than to study Andersson's games to learn endgame play.

May-13-11  AVRO38: This game illustrates the value of tempi. After 15.Kxg2 white is up 2 tempi and he is able to convert this time advantage into a force advantage and a win.
May-13-11  LIFE Master AJ: <avro38> I don't think its that simple ...

I'd say that White's continued pressure forced Black into a kind of Zugzwang.

Its not clear that Black found/played all the best moves ... for instance, 15...a6 kept the WN off b5, but seriously weakened Black's second rank.

May-13-11  AVRO38: <I'd say that White's continued pressure forced Black into a kind of Zugzwang.>

The pressure results from the tempi.

After 15.Kxg2 the position is symetrical with the exception of the tempi. The extra tempi give White control of more space which hampers Black's development and creates pressure.

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  perfidious: This double-fianchetto line was heavily played in the 1970s and 1980s, but Black's results were hardly wonderful, even opposing masters lacking Andersson's filigree technique.

While I agree that 15....a6 isn't necessarily a move Black wants to play, it's difficult for him to do anything constructive without weakening himself in some way, even for a GM who's stronger than any of us kibitzing this game.

May-13-11  LIFE Master AJ: OK, I give up.

Time IS a factor here ...

White's use of space is as well. (g4! and b4!)

May-13-11  LIFE Master AJ: Only four main variables (elements) in chess.

Space / Time / Force / Material.

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  Mating Net: I find 22.Rc6 particularly instructive. White forces the exchange of Black's only active piece and dooms the remaining Rook and the Knight to permanent passivity.
Feb-09-15  JimNorCal: How about 25. ... a5 planning to open lines on the queen side for black's rook?

Also, how does black counter the threat of Rc8 intending Rh8 and attacking the pawns from behind? Can he play Nf8 blocking the line? Looks fragile...

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  Poisonpawns: Beautiful game. When I was beginner I would not have appreciated this. I would have asked to see a Tal game or some miniature.
Feb-10-15  Volmac: This beautiful game is one of the best examples of Andersson's style and it is shown briefly in the Dutch documentary film "The Love for Wood" in a conversation between Timman, Ree and Andersson. It is 17:01 into the film, switch on english subtitles and enjoy!
Jan-01-17  Albion 1959: Peaceful aggression from Andersson in his own inimitable style, he was quite adept at winning in these type of positions:
Jun-02-17  vrkfouri: Simple and effective.
Feb-03-18  Granny O Doul: I remember Boris Spassky explaining in a lecture how interesting he found Andersson's style. Specifically, that he seemed to seek out Rook and Knight endings, because he happened to be good at them.
Feb-05-18  RookFile: 20....Kf7 was a good option for black. The king can help defend important squares.
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