The power of the bishop pair in chess Part-2

The power of the bishop pair in chess Part-2

Hello everyone! In this video, I’ll show you a really remarkable game between Vsevdod Rauzer (White) and Nikolai Riumin (Black). played in Soviet Union, 1936. That game is very well-known, maybe not to all chess players. Still, that is very instructive and very remarkable game. It must be shown. Let’s see what happened. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Well, Ruy Lopez, in those years, before World War II simply just so many players started to analyze Ruy Lopez and to play that regularly. 3…a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 So you can see that after 6.Re1 d6 7.c3, very modern closed line was played even in 1936. 7…b5 8.Bb3 Na5 9.Bc2 c5 10.d4 That game happened so many times in many various games, in many various levels, and Black found so many interesting ways and interesting possibilities to reduce White’s
initiative and to fight for initiative, and actually Qc7 mostly was the best option. Nbd2, Nc6 and a4. Of course, instead of Nc6, castling can be played but then White can answer d5. Somehow making knight on a5 bad. Black decided, before White plays d5, to play Nc6. But after a4, Rb8 White rook occupied open a-file. dxc5 – there are also many various possibilities instead of that. For instance, d5, once again kicking Black’s knight. And also Nf1 maybe. But White decided to play Nf1 after exchanging on c5. Well, Nf1. Be6 was played. There were other possibilities. 0-0, Ne3 for instance h6. Idea of h6 is to make e6-bishop safe and to prevent Ng5. Although, now there is the possibility of Nh4. Interesting possibility. Instead of Ne3, White can Ng3 but that will be completely different story. Let’s see what happened in the game. Be6, Ne3, 0-0/ White can play Qe2 now or Nd5, but still White went for Ng5. Normal move. Black will probably face White’s e3-knight coming to d5 and f5. So Be6 is the defender of those squares. And White intends to exchange it. Simply e3-knight is more useful than f3-knight and also queen, now, is opened. And Rfd8 which actually happened. Qf3 is very good possibility. Now maybe, the most reasonable possibility for Black, was Bc8 as annotator saw that game, it was found the best. I agree with that. Black should still keep that bishop. White has the possibility to play Nf5 but then, h6 knight must go back. c4 – Black has comfortable play. Or for instance, after Nd5, Qd6 bravely going to d-file. And after Rd1, still after h6, White d5-knight cannot effectively do any jump, opening that file. So, that didn’t happen and after Qf3, Black played Rd6. What’s the idea of that? Well, defending bishop but not taking that. Probably idea
is just doubling not only defending bishop. Because after Nxe6 now, Rxe6 will be bad because Nd5 will give initiative to White. After Nxe6, fxe6 is excellent move. Black doubles pawns but still as you can see those pawns cannot be easily attacked. Also e6-pawn controls perfect possibilities for White knight coming to d5 and f5. And also Rf8 is possible with some activities on f-file. Instead of Nxe6, White played perfect move. Nf5! Well, maybe it was best for Black not to take and to go with rook back. But Black decided not to waste time for another rook move by playing Bxf5 simply taking. Now I’ll pause, you should pause the video and see what is better for White – take with pawn or to take with queen? Okay, now I will continue, explaining what happens later. Qxf5 – no that didn’t happen in the game. That will be mistake because simply Black can go for h6, Nf3 and after c4, once again, Black will have comfortable play. Bc5 is next possibility or Nd7-Nc5 White rooks are a bit passive. a1-rook cannot easily infiltrate. White bishops are temporarily closed and black has very promising position, After Bxf5, exf5 – very perfect move! What for? Let’s see. h6 and Ne4 Nxe4, Bxe4, Bf6 and Be3. Let’s stop for a moment and see that very remarkable position. Just see Black’s bad pieces – c6-knight is completely paralyzed by c3-pawn. f6-bishop is completely paralyzed by e5-pawn and also queen defends that pawn, so three black pieces are defending e5-pawn and that pawn simply restricts activity of pieces. How about White pieces? e4-bishop is perfectly placed – the most influential piece on the board, targeting h7-square and controlling c6 and a8. That bishop cannot be exchanged, cannot be attacked. And once again, I’ll underline the very important principle – it’s
always good if you have the possibility to place some of your pieces in front of your opponent’s pawn if your piece cannot be attacked there. Just see e4-bishop blocks e5-pawn. That pawn restricts Black’s 3 pieces and still e4-bishop just waits for opportunity to, after f6, to make dangerous threats to h7. About White other pieces, e3-bishop is also perfect, attacking c5. Sonner or later, Black will play c4 and that bishop will support Ra7 – penetrating and also it eyes on h6. . some sacrifices will be possible. White rooks can dominate a-file if necessary, queen is very active. And White, in that moment, has very huge advantage. Maybe even in that moment, game is strategically over. Black tried something with Ne7. And White, once again, played perfect move. b4! White is not afraid of cxb4 because after that, Bc5 is next move – connecting pawn and bishop, closing c-file and simply Rook can go to a7 easily. Ne7 is restricted very well by e4-bishop, f6-bishop is also paralyzed. And even some black active pieces like c7-queen and d6-rook are out of infiltration squares. Black answered with c4 going for blocking position but, that just was even worse than cxb4 because now
Black queen cannot access any squares on c-file. White continues with g3 patiently, waiting for Black activity. Ra7 was also a reasonable option of course, as
you can see but for some reason white played g3. Well, I think idea was probably h4 intending later Qh5 with g4-g5. But instead of that, White should immediately, maybe, go for Qh5. Rd7 happened. Now White plays Ra7. Why Ra7? Well, simply White wants to exchange
only Black’s active piece and after that, h4. Idea is to prevent Black’s Bg5 exchanging bad bishop for good one. And also idea is Qh5 and g4-g5 with decisive attack. White should go maybe for Rd1 and also Ra1-Ra7. Everything is playable and choosing any of those plans.infiltration via d-file infiltration via a-file, or attacking on kingside. All those plans must lead to easy victory to White. Black played Kh8, and that just helped White. Why? Well, simply Qh5 now, is not needed. Because simply g4, easily make dangerous threat of g5. Well, with king on h8, Black cannot take Bxh4 that’s the point. Qh3 will happen and Bg5 will cost Black a piece. h6 is pinned. If Bf6 of course, g5 once again winning the piece. Black now will have compensation for lost piece. White will winthat game easily. After g4, Black decided to make space for bishop. After Ng8, g5, Be7, and Rd1. Before decisive threats, White just wants to kick Black queen and dominate on open file. And finally, f6! gxf6 of course, will be met by Qf5 mating Black king very soon. Black decided to sacrifice piece but, that was useless. Black just delayed defeat. Bc2, Rd8, Bxh6, Rxd1, Bxd1, and after a few moves Black decided to resign. Black just played Nd5 and resigned immediately. Simply of course, White will play Qh5 with immediate check defends h4 at the same time. Be5 and after that Black can resign. A very remarkable game by Vsevdod Rauzer. Very stunning attack and realization of huge positional advantage. Everything started with Nf5 and after Bxf5, exf5 -perfect move! Simply look at e4-pawn. That pawn restricts White’s knight, queen, rook and bishop. And disappearing that pawn, all White pieces became very active. Queen got diagonal to a8. Rook gets file, knight has comfortable play after h6 to retreat there. And finally, after retreating, White e4-bishop dominates. That’s key position..key strategy position of that game and one of the most remarkable positions I
ever faced in my chess career. So after reading so many books, after analyzing so
many games, I often enjoy when I see that position once again. Just look at White bishop on e4. Targeting on the left and right and stopping e5-pawn, simply White bishops paralyzed all Black’s pieces. White dominates a-file which can bring so much to White. Same time, d-file control by Rd6 brings nothing for Black because White bishops controls all infiltrating squares on d-file. Brilliant game by Rauzer and I hope you learnt a lot from that game. That game was very well reflecting, power of bishop pair in middle game especially, if that bishop pair fights against paralyzed knight and bishop. I hope you enjoyed the video, and see you soon with new material! Bye-bye 🙂

2 thoughts on “The power of the bishop pair in chess Part-2

  1. I would like to hear an answer from GM Igor Smirnov if possible. What does he recommend to study first, gm positional understanding or your winning plan? They both seem like pretty much the most important courses because you'll get good strategic thinking and understanding of all positions. So, what to study first out of these two?
    Thanks for your reply!

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