The Principles of Openness (Part 3)

The central squares (continued)

Black’s dominance of the e5 square. Now let’s look at the reverse situation. Starting from a firm command of White’s center (blocked center in the King’s Indian Defense), Black tries to evict them, and they succeed. In the game Gokhale Jayant, S – Thipsay, P 0-1, Black produces a strategy of dismantling the rival center, and occupying the center, particularly with dominance of the e5 square.

Square e4 dominated by white. It is clear that no central square should be voluntarily ceded to the enemy. This rule was violated by Black in the Ruban – Strugach match 1-0 (Belarus Championship 1964).

The sacrifice of a pawn to dominate a strategic point in the center.

In the Botvinnik game, M – Pomar Salamanca, A 1-0, XV Olympiad, Varna 1962, the first player sacrificed a pawn to assert himself with his horse in space e4, playing with the King’s Indian Opening.

Similar circumstances existed at the Pilnik, H – Geller, E 0-1 meeting (from Gothenburg 1955).

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