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  • Annotations from Silman example

    Hey guys, these are just some quick thoughts I had from one of the early games in the Amateur's Mind that Silman suggests we annotate before looking at his notes. Any suggestions or feedback is welcome!
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    "The Pin is mightier than the sword." -Fred Reinfield

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    4 Nc3 would be an atypical move. It's uncommon in 1 d4 openings to play Nc3 before moving the c-pawn; white typically likes to play c4 to exchange a flank pawn for a center pawn (his c-pawn for black's d-pawn) and thereby get a pawn preponderance in the center. With 4 c3 white reinforces d4 and plans to recapture with the c-pawn if black ever plays ... cxd4 (compare to 4 e3 cxd4 5 exd4, where black has an extra center pawn—however the position is much more complicated than that and white has more freedom for his pieces).

    4 Nc3 lets black capture on d4 with his c-pawn and get a pawn preponderance in the center, very similar to the Open Sicilian (1 e4 c 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e6 6 Bg5 actually transposes to a variation you give and is called the Four Knights Sicilian). Likewise, white has more freedom and, for now, space. Later on if Black gets out of the early middlegame unscathed typically that extra center-pawn may give him more space.

    Who do you think is better in the final position? Why? Plans for each side?

    Where did you and Silman differ? Do you agree with/understand what he says?


    • #3
      Well for starters I did not take as much consideration as Silman for 5...d5. Silman states that it was sharp and the quiet 5...h6 would have been essentially more strategic. After the trade we would have a real battle for whose minor pieces are superior.

      8.Bb5 I hadn't really considered it really being such a fight for the center as Silman points out (and the amateur in the book). Silman notes that passive moves like ...Bd7 or ...a6 are silly and better to be more vigorous with 8...Qb6! As for the open g-file I thought it to be bad just as the amateur did because of the busted Kingside but apparently it's just a plus for Black here. Silman also notes that any Kingside structure openings tends to send us (amateurs) into a panic, so true! Hah.

      9.Bxc6 Bxc6 places the bishop on a lame square for Black. Silman preferred 9...bxc6 which opens a file for the rook and adds another pawn to the central struggle. I would NEVER consider a move like that because it hems in my bishop. But, with that extra pawn to toss around in the center it may be possible to open things up more easily and make more use out of the bishop pair.

      10...Bg7 Black is playing without much of an active plan at all, according to Silman, I agree.

      As for future plans, I think White's next move should be Nxc6, it would allow the knight on f3 to improve and after 16...bxc6 white's pawn on c5 hoists up Black's pawns and after something like b4 it's hard to see where Black will make much progress.
      "The Pin is mightier than the sword." -Fred Reinfield