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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

QGA Trends 3.e4 Nf6(D20)

Here is a model game on weak dark square play from the recent Istanbul Olympiad. The 3.e4 line is Schandorff's repertoire recommendation in Playing 1.d4 The Queen's Gambit(Quality Chess 2012).

The themes are

  • Weak dark squares
  • Kingside attack
  • Alternation play

Wojtaszek,R (2717) - Nakamura,Hi (2778)
QGA 3.e4 Nf6[D20]
40th Olympiad Open Istanbul TUR (11.4), 09.09.2012


'Radosław Wojtaszek (born 13 January 1987 in Elbląg, Poland) is a Polish chess Grandmaster

In 2004 he won the European Youth Chess Championship (U-18), the World Youth Chess Championships (U-18)[1] and the Cracovia Open with 7.5/9.[2][3] He won the Polish Chess Championship in 2005.[4] In 2006 Wojtaszek played for the Polish team at the Chess Olympiad played in Turin scoring 9 points out of 11 games.[5] 

In December 2008 Wojtaszek became the European rapid chess champion.[6] In 2009 Wojtaszek finished second in the Polish championship, shared second with Michael Roiz at the international tournament in Lublin and won the Najdorf memorial played in Warsaw. In 2009/10 he tied for 1st-5th with Eduardas Rozentalis, Pavel Ponkratov, Luke McShane and Igor Lysyj at the 39th Rilton Cup in Stockholm.[7] 

In January 2010 Wojtaszek finished again second in Polish championship. Wojtaszek won the 5th International Tournament of Polonia Wrocław played between the end of June and beginning of July 2010.[8][9] He participated in the San Juan International tournament played in Pamplona during the end of July and beginning of August 2010 and scored 6.5 points out of 9 games winning the tournament.[10][11] 

At the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Wojtaszek played on the first board for Poland scoring 6 points in 9 games. In June 2011 he won the 9th Gyorgy Marx Memorial in Paks, Hungary.[12]
He has been one of the four seconds to world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand since his successful title defence match againstVladimir Kramnik in October 2008,[13] also assisting him in defending his title in April–May 2010[14] against Veselin Topalov and in May 2012 against Boris Gelfand.[15][16]-'Wikipedia Wojtaszek R

Position 1
The kingside attack is well under way. How should white continue the attack?

  • 40.h6+(as played) to exploit the dark squares, especially g7.
  • 40.hg opening up the h-file.
  • Something else.

White to Play


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