Fawole Annotates: Back Rank Problems

On today’s episode of Fawole Annotates, we will take a look at a game I saw in a book titled “365 Chess Master Lessons”. I discussed this particular game on my twitch channel last night.
We are going to look at two important concepts about Back rank Problems. You might be wondering what this is all about, but as we go through the game, you will understand better.

The two important concepts for this episode are:

1. Development: One of the opening principles which mean getting your pieces out quickly, most times the better developed side is always with the edge.

2. Weak Squares: Squares not guarded by a pawn and controlled by enemy piece(s)
Let me take you on a ride as we play through a game from Paris 1929.

[Event ” Paris 1929″]
[White ” Tihomil Drezga”]
[Black “Abraham Barataz”]
[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. 0-0 d6 6. Nxd4 Be7 7. Nc3 0-0 8. f4 Bg4 9. Nxc6 bxc6
10. Qe1 d5 11. Bd3

..11.dxe4 12. Nxe4 Re8 13. Kh1 Bc5

14. Qg3 Nxe4

15.Qxg4 Qxd3!! 16. cxd3 Nf2+ 17. Kg1 Nxg4+ 18. Kh1 Nf2+ 19. Kg1 0-1

A lot of players would go for 15. ..Nf2 immediately, whereas, much stronger is 15…Qxd3!! which leads to a winning position for Black as white would be a piece down regardless of what is played.

This game leaves us with so many options of what ifs for both sides.

Of many major problems white encountered is development, throughout the game; the Rook on a1 and Bishop on c1 did not play their roles as they were not developed.

Looking at weak squares, we can all agree that the dark square diagonal g1-a7 is weak, which allows Black’s Knight penetrate via f2 with the support of the Bishop on c5.

While back rank matting pattern is common, mastering it is also essential.

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