24 December 2011
Annotated Game #24: Kingside attack in the Slow Slav
This game took place in the first round of a five-round weekend tournament, following the previous tournament completed in Annotated Game #23. My opponent chose the "Slow Slav" variation (4. e3), which leads to a game of maneuver and is normally quite level. Rather than pursue a completely equal game with no winning prospects, I elect to create a positional imbalance and initiate a kingside attack, somewhat reminiscent of a Dutch Defense formation. The attack in fact goes well, until I miss an elementary pinning tactic due to "tunnel vision" (focusing on one of my opponent's possibilities without considering other ones). A useful game nonetheless to look at, with some improvements found for both sides in the maneuvering phase. I now much better understand the importance of piece placement and activity, for example, which was neglected for both sides in this game.
Posted by ChessAdmin at 9:39 AM