Back when I was just starting out in chess, way back in 1998 or 1999 (can’t remember exactly) I was pouring over an old chess magazine and seen a tournament report containing an amazing game between chess stars Vishy Anand and Alexei Shirov.
This game made an enormous impression on me.
The apparent simplicity of the game had me wondering how the hell Vishy would let his Grandmaster opponent grab a “free” pawn, but then proceed to crush him mercilessly anyway…
WITHOUT USING ANY TACTICS!
I can clearly remember playing through this game multiple times over the course of weeks and trying to understand what the hell had happened.
If any of you guys have seen any of my games before, you’ll see that I often play queenside openings involving a kingside fianchetto and have no problem sacrificing my c-pawn if it allows my bishop on g2 to breath fire down the long diagonal.
I originally learnt this concept from former World Chess Champion Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand.
In this post (and the video it contains) I’ll be showing you the original game I learnt from 16 years ago and then showing you a game I played recently which has suspiciously similar properties.
I hope the game influences you as much as it did me. 🙂
After this, I’ll show you the game where I played against the International Master (who is around 2350 ELO) and you’ll learn:
If you watch the video below and take notes of all themes from both games, and then download the games below the video, you are sure to gain a ton of ELO.
Every little bit of gained knowledge helps.
Grab a coffee and let’s have a look at Vishy Anand’s strategy.
Ok did you get something from it?
I hope I explained the ideas well enough and made myself clear… 😀
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