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Attack with LarryC: Softening Up Operations

Opening: A15, B91, C46: English, sicilian Najdorf: Zagreb, Three Knights opening

Player(s): David, Vachier-Lagrave, Hatzl, Bachmann, Voicu-Jagodzinsky, Batsiashvili

Today GM Larry Christiansen offers us a lesson on an all-important tactical concept: softening-up operations. Usually carried on with pawns (f's or h's), this particular technique is aimed to weaken the enemy's King position, leading to the possibility of unleashing a strong attack. Larry shows us two games: one from the Women European Individual Championship, and the second one from the Italian Team Championship, with super-GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave demonstrating a pristine example of the softening-up operations. Studying these examples with the guide of our tactics Master can give an idea of the importance of such an approach to the attacking technique in general. Of course the softening-up operations need some conditions: enemy's pieces far away from their Sire, your own pieces pointed to the enemy's King, ready to participate in the operations and, as always, fantasy and a bit of talent. As usual, Larry opens his show with a startling combination, which seems to tell us out loud one of Larry's favorite chess mottos: when you see a good move, look for a stronger one!

Teacher's library (515) A15 B91 C46 David Vachier-Lagrave Hatzl Bachmann Voicu-Jagodzinsky Batsiashvili game analysis

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