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Artur Yusupov vs Tomasz Markowski
Bundesliga (2001/02), Germany, rd 12, Oct-06
Colle System (D05)  ·  1-0



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  fredthebear: This game starts out as a Colle Opening, but transposes to a Stonewall Attack. Black defends with a double fianchetto, so White trades off his light-squared bishop for a centralized knight. (The contrast shows itself later in the game.) After the dark-squared bishops come off, there's a bit of a Black queen chase that allows White to develop w/a gain of time while preparing a kingside attack.

Instead of the queen run-about, FTB gave consideration to 18...f5 which gives back a pawn but defends the Black passer on the e-file, that otherwise has no actual impact thereafter. 18...f5 also opens an easy line of retreat for the Black queen on the h4-d8 diagonal. Instead, she romps through the White countryside with eight consecutive moves!? After 23...Qxa2, Black is up two pawns, but the White queen ensures a backward f7-pawn (to prevent Qxg6+ etc.) - a permanent weakness that is handily exploited.

White takes advantage of the unmoved, backward f7-pawn w/a blockade and eventually collects the pawn after the queens are exchanged. White's knight is centralized while the Black bishop has no more targets on the light squares. With 37.Rgg7 White doubles rooks on the seventh rank -- such a battery often wins. Black trades off one rook, but finds his remaining rook miserably hemmed in on the 5th while his bishop is tied to defense of the d7-square to prevent a Hook mate. Black resigns rather than play on in a passive position.

Clearly a thematic positional victory for White spawned from gaining time on the Black queen and generating the more active pieces in enemy territory. Early on, Black was slightly better, but White masterfully unravels the kingside pawns to his advantage.

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