A few years ago I lost a game on the White side of the Slav because my opponent won my c pawn and I went full blown panic thinking I had to win it back immediately rather than let him hold on to the pawn while I built up my position.
Since then I have learned the importance of other elements such as time and space rather than being so materially minded, which is why I can appreciate this game between Sasha Grishchuk and Lev Aronian from Bilbao 2009.
Granted, this game is in a line of the Semi-Slav, but same idea. In this position Black has temporarily won White’s c pawn.
White builds up some nice advantages, and then Black sacs an exchange – I presume since the dark squares around his king look a bit tender.
After some mutual positional pawn sacs being down the exchange proves to be a bit too much for Black and White converts a nice opportunity.
Here is the game, with annotations by the well-known attacker, Polish GM Michal Krasenkow. This comes from Chessbase Magazine issue 132.
Til Next Time,
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