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pawn grabbing is a bad habit
Pawns in hand.

Pawn grabbing is a bad habit.

Whenever there is a tendency to grab pawns in your chess game think again. And here is the reason as to why.

At its heart, chess is a logical game: if your opponent repeatedly violates opening or middle-game principles (usually to attain a small material plus is not a good reason), he or she will have to face the repercussions in due course.

Usually, a player will neglect his development in favor of material gain like a pawn capture, because he sees no immediate tactical refutation. This stems from the fact that he assumes he will find a way to neutralize his opponent’s development initiative in due course.

Carlsen seems to prefer always taking a pawn, as long as there is no obvious loss – but he is not a normal player like us guys in the fishpond!. He even did it in game 5 vs Anand in November 2014.

But chess can be brutal on such acts of trespass. More so when the Queen is involved since Queen’s pawngrabbing adventures can cost valuable time. If you don’t know what you are doing just don’t do it. A point lost can never be regained. Years of hard work will be at risk if you are a professional player.

Have a look below.

Rozentalis – Minak 
2008

This position arose after some moves in the Sicilian Rossolimo Variation. Black just grabbed a pawn at h4.

I request you to analyze this position and post your ideas, plans and suggestions in the comments area below.
For answer you have to see the video. Your ideas and plans are also welcome.
 


In closing remember that modern chess is not dogmatic; the rules are not written in stone. There are genuine cases when pawn grabbing is tactically justified (the Poisoned Pawn Variation of the Najdorf Defense comes to my mind).

But in the majority of cases it is wrong, and whenever your opponent does engage in such acts punish him or look for ways to do so.

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This game is not the Game of the Century..

This was played in New York, USA.

Bobby Fischer vs Robert Byrne Manhattan Blitz 1971 1-0

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White has many variations in the Closed Sicilian. He can play a late f4 with Grand Prix-like play, fianchetto the bishop on g3 to get into a Reti opening structure or even play a closed Guioco Piano, etc. You must look at all possible options and make sure you find decent moves corresponding to your chosen move order.

 

To help you (and myself!)I have discussed about the Closed Sicilian from White’s point of view. I have explained the key ideas and major plans for white in the videos. Have a look at the following videos and give your feedback.

 

Some optional resources in Amazon to check out this Closed Sicilian Opening in Chess

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Usually though, apart from the Gand Prix which can be quite violent if black allows White to launch a King side attack, white doesn’t achieve much unless he opens the center.


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