Prevention and Preparation in Chess
The great Aaron Nimzowitsch wrote the key sentence: Neither attack nor defence is the essence of positional play, but prophylaxis! Prophylaxis consists of different measures taken against the opponent's tactical threats and strategic plans. But don't think that the prevention of your opponent's plan is purely defensive. It is simply part of the preparation of our plan! This difficult, but extremely important subject is explained on the DVD with the help of many examples, including classics but also modern games. Video running time: 3 hrs 30 min.
Adrian Mikhalchishin , a Grandmaster since 1978, is currently among the top 5 world trainers and the Chairman of the FIDE Trainers' Commission. He trained the team of USSR in 1980's, national teams of Slovenia, Poland and the Netherlands, and was the trainer of Anatoly Karpov (1980-1986), trained Zsuzsa Polgar, Alexander Beliavsky, Maja Chiburdanidze, Arkadij Naiditsch and Vassily Ivanchuk.
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GM Adrian Mikhalchishin explains you in this DVD what you exactly need to know about prevention and preparation in chess.
But there is a lot more to learn from Mikhalchishin, as for example prophylactic problems in champion games, where Mikhalchishin digs in the classic game Fischer- Smyslov of the Capablanca Memorial Havana game of 1965:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.c3 Be7 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.Nf1 b5 9.Bb3 d5 10.Qe2 dxe4 11.dxe4 Be6 12.Bxe6 fxe6 13.Ng3 Qd7 14.0-0 Rad8 15.a4 Qd3 16.Qxd3 Rxd3 17.axb5 axb5 18.Ra6 Rd6 19.Kh1 Nd7 20.Be3 Rd8 21.h3 h6 22.Rfa1 Ndb8 23.Ra8 Rd1+ 24.Kh2 Rxa1 25.Rxa1 Nd7 26.b4 Kf7 27.Nf1 Bd6 28.g3 Nf6 29.N1d2 Ke7 30.Ra6 Nb8 31.Ra5 c6 32.Kg2 Nbd7 33.Kf1 Rc8 34.Ne1 Ne8 35.Nd3 Nc7 36.c4 bxc4 37.Nxc4 Nb5 38.Ra6 Kf6 39.Bc1 Bb8 40.Bb2 c5 41.Nb6 Nxb6 42.Rxb6 c4 43.Nc5 c3 1-0.
After 8.Nf1 Mikhalchishin explains these opening moves are all prophylactic played, but Bobby described it as: White's strategy is to defer castling and possibly institute a K-side attack with h3, g4,etc. Futhermore, this knight can be deployed to e3 or g3 immediately without having to waste a tempo with Rc1.
Under tactical prophylactics I found the well explained game from the great Nakamura:
Kasimdzhanov,R (2690) - Nakamura,H (2648) [D45], Corsica Masters Bastia FRA (4.1), 30.10.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.e4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Qxe4 Bb4+ 10.Bd2 Bxd2+ 11.Nxd2 c5 12.dxc5 Qa5 13.a3 Qxc5 14.b4 Qe7 15.Bd3 a5 16.Rb1 axb4 17.axb4 Nf6 18.Qe3 0-0 19.0-0 Rd8 20.Nf3 Qc7 21.Ne5 b6 22.Rfd1 Bb7 23.Bf1 Be4 24.Nd3 Ra3 25.Ra1 Rc3 26.Qf4 Qxf4 27.Nxf4 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 g5 29.Nh3 g4 30.Nf4 Kg7 31.h3 h5 32.hxg4 hxg4 33.Rd6 e5 34.Ne2 Rxc4 35.Rxb6 Bd3 36.Ng3 Rc1 37.Rd6 e4 38.Nf5+ Kg6 39.Ne3 g3 40.fxg3 Bxf1 41.Kf2 Bd3 42.Nd5 Kg5 0-1.
Video Running time is 3 hrs and 30 minutes.
Conclusion: Overloaded with instructive middlegame strategies!
With kind permission
John Elburg, www.chessbooks.nl
John Elburg, www.chessbooks.nl