By Jon Speelman
Unique insights into the endgame through Britain's best specialist.
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Dxc4 41 d5 Despite Spassky's best efforts, Black's 52 queen invasion on the kingside and connected passed pawns on the queenside prove to be a lethal cocktail. •. xd5 42 lild1 c3 43 lilc2 'ilVh3 44 lilg1 'ilVg4 45 ~g2 'ilVf3+ 46 ~h2 'ilVxe3 47 f5 'iiC5 48lilf1 b4 49 f6 b3 50 lilcf2 c2 51 'ilVc1 e3 52 f7+ ~8 53 lilf5 b2 54 'ilVxb2 c1 iV 55 'ilVxg7+ Never say die. ~h6?? Chapter Three I Planning on a Grand Scale So far we have looked at rooks rampaging on the seventh rank in Chapter One, and ways of exploiting an outpost to create a passed pawn in Chapter Two.
The above assessment may sound vague and unconvincing. After all, Rubinstein is poised to play ... id7 and and then it's goodbye to White's control of the open file. As for the d4-pawn being weak - well, it is soundly defended by the black knight and not even attacked. Furthermore, why should the black king be worried about the unavailability of the g8square, when there is no direct attack in sight? It is easy to imagine that the rooks are going to be exchanged off along the e-file in a few moves time, with a dead draw in sight.
Hence it isn't a surprise that Karpov's strategy begins and ends in the vicinity of the c-file, whereas Kramnik switches from the kingside to the queenside to implement his plan. xf3?! The solid 15... l:le8 was called for. 16 exf3 b5 All looks well with Black, as he has slightly damaged White's pawn structure on the kingside and is now in the process of undermining the c4-pawn: after 17 cxb5 axb5 he already has a passed d-pawn. However, with a couple of judicial exchanges, Kramnik is now able to establish the 'rook on c6, pawn on d5' 41 Chess Secrets: The Giants control of the open file that we saw in the Karpov-Kasparov game above.