Playing 1. g3 requires that one learn not to lunge, as wins in 1. g3 generally happen when one player or the other lunges at the opponent.

White musn’t lunge: White’s position is a spring under pressure; a lunge is a rupture. Instead of lunging, patient anticipatory motion behind the lines is required until Black allows a freeing pawn thrust. Such thrusts are rarely classical center dissolution thrusts, since White’s setup usually does not offer equality on simple dissolution of the center. Instead, White thrusts to disrupt Black’s piece formation and Black’s support of the center and to gain more maneuvering room.

Nor may Black lunge:  White’s formation has more  recoil than might appear to a cursory examination. Black’s focus is on maintaining his space advantage and pressure in search of the point at which White’s formation will yield to crushing tactics.

In my game from this week’s round at the Denver Chess Club, longtime expert Daoud Zupa playing Black lunges impetuously at White’s  formation with the usual result.

Jacques Delaguerre


Author: Jacques Delaguerre

Jacques Delaguerre is a Colorado musician and chessplayer.