The Amateur Eye – Freedom

World Champion Magnus Carlsen against Hikaru Nakamura shows the advantage of pressure chess and demonstrates the theory of square-count producing a Capablanca like brilliancy of exchanged ideas.

l. Nf3  Nf6 2. d4  e6 3. c4  d5  4. Nc3  Be7 5. Bf4 O-O  6. e3  b6 This is a recent try to vary from a more standard 6. … Nbd7 in the Blackburn system and alters the structure going for a more direct challenge of the center.

7. Bd3  d:c4  8. B:c4  Ba6 Black confronts White’s square advantage directly.

9. Qe2  B:c4  10. Q:c4  c5  11. d:c5  b:c5 12. O-O Nc6  13. Rac1 Rc8  14. Ne5  Qb6 15. Na4 Qb7 16. N:c6 Q:c6 17. Bg5 threatening B:f6 leaving White a slight edge.

The point here is that following my square-count operations gives both sides deep play where progress might materialize should either side falter.


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