Bundesliga 2012-13 Rd10,GM Rapport(HUN)
4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 [A28]
Bundesliga 2012–13 Bremen GER (10), 24.02.2013
Some complex middlegame play has led to the following tense and unbalanced position. White has won a pawn but then ending is not straight forward.
White to Play
A systematic assessment of the position is required to understand the needs of each side.
A simple pawn count is not enough to asses the position. Although white is a pawn ahead the problem is that there are two sets of doubled pawns.
- The doubled f-pawns are not weak and do a good job of protecting the king. However, the broken structure makes them immobile and the kingside will have trouble producing a passed pawn
- The doubled c-pawns are also not weak. They are part of a group of three and can easily protect each other.
- The bishop is a strong piece compared to the knight as play is spread out over the whole board.
- Ra2 and Ne2 are very active and spread chaos behind the ranks. The knight attacks c3 and holds up the f-pawns.
- Ra8 is not active
- The pawn structure is sound and white’s rooks have trouble penetrating black’s position.
- The a-pawn is potentially very useful as a source of counterplay but for now …a5 is not possible.
- The play is spread out over the whole board which favors the long-range bishop.
- The knight is unstable on e5(the f4 advance is easy to prepare)
- White’s pawns are easy for the king to defend and the doubled f-pawns are not weak.
- Black’s passed a,c pawns are easy to defend against as black is poorly placed to support their advance.