I was watching Nigel’s DVD for ChessBase on the Exchange Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined. This is one of my favorite ChessBase DVDs. Rather than focusing on long variations, this is a DVD that is all about ideas and plans. It’s an excellent openings DVD for improving chess players.
One of the clips goes through a game fragment from Mark Taimanov and Rashid Nezhmetdinov. The fragment was from the Under 21 USSR Championship, played in 1954 in Kiev. This is a very instructive game because Mark Taimanov decides to shift pieces over to the queenside to support his minority attack. What he missed was just how quickly Black could whip up a kingside attack. The game demonstrates how a player needs to pay attention not only to his own plans and ideas but also the opponent’s opportunities to initiate counterplay.