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Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:23 am
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Post Re: Zibbit - LB-74: W vs Locke [16:30]
Very smooth ... love how he offers a draw and then gets wiped out a couple moves later.

Just a Catalan middlegame question: Is e4 ever a thematic idea? For example, suppose in the position where you played Bf4 you go e4 instead. I see that it reduces some of the pressure along the h1-a8 diagonal, but on the other hand it grabs a nice pawn center and denies his pieces access to the d5 square.


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Post Re: Zibbit - LB-74: W vs Locke [16:30]
Yes I think e4 is often possible. For instance in this theoretical postion:

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Black to play

Every good player with black plays ....f5, presumably to stop e4.

In the game I played, e4 is possible instead of Bf4 but I don't like it. I think black gets his play in, plays a quick b5 (possibly b4) followed by ...Na5 and c5.

On move 17 I probably should have gone e4, giving me a strong cente and still stopping ...c5

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After 17.e4!

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Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:40 pm
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Post Re: Zibbit - LB-74: W vs Locke [16:30]
Thanks for the tips! I am no expert of course, but the first diagram you posted is a theoretical position in the Catalan?! Sign me up! It looks really pleasant for White. How do I obtain this position?


Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:31 pm
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