The Fabulous 00s: Crazy Pawns Part Deux

A companion piece to the Pawn Box / Pawn Diamond article.

IM Antti Pihlajasalo (AZ79) – IM Aries2 ICC 5-min blitz, December 2007

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 g6 5. d3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. h3 O-O 8.
Nge2 Qb6 9. Rb1 Nd4 10. O-O Bd7 11. f4 Bc6 12. g4 Nd7 13. Ng3 Qa6 14. Qd2 b5
15. a3 b4 16. axb4 cxb4 17. Nce2 Nxe2+ 18. Nxe2 Qb7 19. c4 Nc5 20. Nd4 Bxd4
21. Bxd4 Nb3 22. Qe3 a5 23. Qf2 Nxd4 24. Qxd4 Qa7 25. Qxa7 Rxa7 26. d4


There it is, the crazy center! 5 pawns lined up next to one another on the 4th rank! Don’t see that very often. Compare it (a nice horizontal line) with the Irish Pawn Center (a sick vertical tableau – tripled isolated pawns). I heard there’s a chess query language to figure out exactly how many times it’s been recorded previously. Readers? In this game, white gets overextended, is losing a rook ending, battles back ingeniously to make counterplay, only to go wrong as the final seconds tick down – a typical blitz game.

26…a4 27. e5 Bxg2 28. Kxg2 Rc8 29. Rfc1 Rac7 30. b3 axb3 31. exd6 exd6 32. Rxb3 Rxc4 33. Rd1 Rc2+ 34. Kf3 R8c3+ 35. Rd3 Rxd3+ 36. Rxd3 d5 37. f5 gxf5 38. Kf4 fxg4 39. hxg4 f6 40. Rb3 Rc4 41. Kf5 Kf7 42. Rh3 Kg7 43. Re3 Rxd4 44.
Re7+ Kh6 45. Rf7 Rd1 46. Rxf6+ Kg7 47. Rb6 Rb1 48. Rb7+ Kg8 49. Rb8+ Kf7 50.
Rb7+ Ke8 51. Rxh7 b3 52. Ke6 Re1+ {White resigns} 0-1


One Response to “The Fabulous 00s: Crazy Pawns Part Deux”

  1. Frisco Del Rosario Says:

    Against the Big2000 database of 1.3 million games — included with ChessBase 10 years ago — Chess Query Language found 162 games with white pawns from c4 to g4, in which White scored 66%.

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