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Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Isolated Pawn #2

Opening: D16: QGD Slav: Soultanbeieff variation

Player(s): Navara, Svidler

Former World Champion and legendary chess teacher Mikhail Botvinnik was the originator of the “Every Russian school boy knows” chess aphorism, which alluded to the fact that thousands of unknown schoolboys back in Russia - due to the intense training methods they received from a young age - likely knew more about the game than most professionals did in the West. One player who came through that legendary Soviet training camp is former U.S. Champion GM Alexander Yermolinsky.  And each Sunday in his new hit show, “Every Russian Schoolboy Knows”, Alex will explain and expand on all the top tips and tricks gleaned from those famed training methods.


Isolated Pawn

This week GM Alex starts a new series, as always at the beginning of the month. Going forward to show us how the Russian Schoolboy the still dwell into him would face one of the most interesting themes of the middlegae: the isolated pawn. Years ago Dr. Zigbert Tarrasch proclaimed that one who's scared of playing with an isolated pawn shouldn't be playing chess at all. Since then patterns of White's play have long been established: quick, harmonious development, avoiding unnecessary exchanges and aiming for the kingside attack. In this series of videos GM Alex Yermolinsky will discuss typical errors made by Black.

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