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~~ Pawn Str. Training effect ~~

I am so interested in studying pawn formations and different pawn formations in depth so I can become a great positional player one day. I do love to attack but when I see positional positions then I feel more comf. in playing them. Even though I am learning just ABC of positional play by learning pawn formations but it still motivates me that one day I will reach my goal and will play positionally well like GMs. Now a days I am working on Carlsbad, Maroczy and King's Indian Pawn formations with my 3 different training partners. But today I got the chance to play a Benoni structure in which I was many tempos up from the very beginning. I lost a game in benko so wanted to try something new so I chose this Nimzo but when I saw this tempo down line a3 I thought to play Benoni and it went well.

Well I am not a benoni player but I knew one thing about benoni from classics is that white place his pawn on e4 and a4 not on a3  and e3. So I knew I am already ok or may be somewhat better because white will have to lose another tempo by playing a4 so I played it anyways. I also knew TV concept so I knew my knight on f6 is not well placed so I provoked weaknesses and then I won this game positionally. 

Concepts: 

1. Playing against tempos.

2. TV concept because white have space.

3. Isolated white's light squared bishop.

https://www.chess.com/live/game/5690545391


Note: I do not know theory of Benoni so if I made any mistake in assessment about the game I played today then let me know. Benoni is not for me for now but in future after I reach 2000 elo then I will be happy to learn it

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Funny story- Funny my Life

I wanted to share two funny story about my life. I know it's chess forum but I can make you laugh may be. 

First one: My Brilliant English!!!

So, it was last year of my school, I was new in chess. I learnt ok there are two chess moves e4 and d4 and they are good but had no idea why hehhe. I started playing it. Then my friend told me about Vishy Anand. I said oh one day I will beat him  hehehe. He said he is world champ and I was like huh I can't beat him then. Next day he said you can see videos on chess games on Youtube and I said my internet speed is 3kbps. Then I texted another friend and asked him to download a video on chess for me. He download the video which I am going to share in the bottom.

The video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6ItLX-q3_I

When I was watching this video I was so irritated. It's not because of the openings or middlegame. But it's because of the name. I thought who is this guy " Queen's Gambit Accepted Alexi Shirov" and how can anyone write so long name in Score sheets. I thought may be they write like QGAA Shirov. Another thing which bother me was variations. The commentator was sharing variations and my poor knowledge of english called it takeback and I felt like wtf they both are doing. They call them world class players but on every move they are doing takebacks. Next day, I met my friend and asked him, who is this " Queen's Gambit Accepted Alexi Shirov" once he heard this he started laughing on me and said hey Queen's Gambit Accepted is an opening and Alexi  Shirov is a player's name. I said ok and next thing I asked to him was about why they are moving pieces back on every move. Then he again laughed and said hey they are showing variations which both players may considered during the game. After I saw him laughing on me I started to find more ways to improve my english and now I am able to speak like native and I can confuse a lot non natives by my accent. 

Damm I forgot the second story. For now enjoy this funny story. 


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Maroczy Move Order Discussion

https://lichess.org/cGvJaT8jVeKj

Today I played this game. I think from my side I did all okay but still I feel like maybe I messed up in openings a bit.

My first question is about capture on d4. Do you think I captured on d4 in the right time? I remembered that coach explained something when to capture when not. Sometimes early captures gives additional options such as Bd3 f4 and white attacks. 

My second question is about 16th move of white Rad1. In courses Rb1 and Nb5 was explained. I do know coach explained us idea of Qb6 is to prepare Qb4 and a4. My engine also liked my plan but I do not know how to follow it up well and what will be the long term plans. I do not trust engines in positional sense. It was saying Rfd1 Qb4 Nd5 Bxd5 cxd5 b5!? and then so on. So it will be amazing if you guys can see where I messed up.


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Benko move order

Hi,

The Benko course is a little different to the others as there is a run of moves to reach the initially discussed e4 lines. I felt the introduction didn't really focus enough on how Black should develop (and why) after bxa6.

There is also the question (maybe for advanced) on whether 5... g6 is more than a tricky move order. It's preferred by both Fedorowicz and Pinski in their books since it stops the b3 lines which are possible after Bxa6. The advanced section does mention the drawbacks of g6, but then what should be done about the b3 lines? Comments such as from Fedorowicz after 5... Bxa6?! (his annotation) 6. g3 d6 7. Bg2 g6 8. b3! Bg7 9. Bb2 O-O 10. Nh3 Nbd7 11. O-O 'This is the starting position of the main lines of the Double Finachetto. Black has tried the following five moves, though it's not clear if he can equalize with any of them: (Nb6 Rb8 Qb8 Ra7 Qb6)'. Pinski is a little more upbeat and quotes Portisch - Geller, Biel 1976 (the point that some people though 'the Benko Gambit was done for' and offers 11... Ra7!? as an improvement and quotes 11... Qb6 in Kovaliov - Vetemaa, Minsk 1981 concluding 'the 5... Bxa6 move order playable, but why give White the extra options?'. Probably this should be looked at in the advanced section.

Also perhaps in the introduction there should be the link to (or in) the side-lines course to mention how White might try to trick Black out of a Benko and into something not prepared for. This would also be applicable to starting with 1. Nf3, g3, e3 and perhaps c4 as well. With d4 and c4 transpositions are much more a factor than in 1. e4 openings.

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