The Amateur Eye/a look at f7

One of my early lessons pointed to the f7 square weakness. Low and behold I found an excellent example for you.

l. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 d:c4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 This is called the Anti-Moscow Variation. The main line goes as follows: 9. …. Bb7 10. Ne5 Nbd7 11. O-O Bg7 12. N:f7 selected because it appeared an interesting try by the young Russian 16-year old Andrey Esipenko. 12. …. K:f7 13. e5 Nd5 14. Ne4 Qb6 15. Nd6+ Ke7 16. a4!? See NIC 57-9 (2019#2. A sharp and problematic position arises where the time clock can add to this complex position.

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