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Stefan E S Kindermann vs Nigel Short
Bundesliga (1986/87), FRG
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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  fredthebear: This game is a pure positional battle that eventual becomes focused on Black's backward f-pawn. The first exchange takes place on move thirty! Later, White willingly abandons his valuable knight on the 6th for a passed pawn on the 6th when Black attempts to undermine the advanced knight's pawn support.

49...f6 is flawed. (White played 50.exf6 creating the passer.) It seems the White rook could have captured f6 as well given the Bd8 is pinned to the back rank. On the other hand, staying put on f7 loses the f-pawn and exchanges pieces but Black could play on down a pawn and hope for some queen activity. She'd probably have to help defend the remaining backward pawns instead of going on her own raid. Black does not seem to have any good options.

Although it's a crowded board, White's mobile space advantage is telling as Black tries to do something with his backward f-pawn on the half-open file. Such a weak pawn makes for a good target in a positional struggle. This is further compounded by the restricted movement of the king and pinned Black bishop.

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