Provoking a Weakness

Provoking a weakness is often worthwhile even if it loses a tempo. Here’s a game I played at this year’s Manchester Summer Congress in which my 19.Nc5 looked as if it lost time but when Black drove it back with 19…b6 he could no longer defend the c7 pawn with another pawn.

Black’s position started to deteriorate as the pressure increased and a blunder (23…Ra7) gave me a winning combination.

Sam Davies

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About Sam Davies

Sam Davies is the 15 year old son of GM Nigel Davies and a keen chess player in his own right. After a slow start with the game he has made rapid progress in the last few years and is now winning tournaments. Unlike other juniors he does not play in junior tournaments and likes playing positional chess.