Long Diagonals and Back Ranks
Opening: B51, B99: Sicilian, Sicilian: Najdorf
Player(s): Bartel, Nepomniachtchi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Gruenfeld
Long diagonals and back ranks are two of the motifs on which Larry bases his always instructive and interesting analysis. We all know how much Larry loves the other uber-famous chess motif: the rook lift. In these examples, again taken from the recently concluded European Individual Chess Championship, GM Christiansen shows us how these fundamental principles can influence the game at any level.