Keeping Your Opponent Helpless
Seirawan Strategy Example #5

Winning Chess Strategies, Diagram 17, p42

This example follows the same principle as was revealed at the end of the game featured in Example 4: "Make sure you take the time to stop any potential enemy counterplay, if your army holds a permanent advantage."

In Example #5, below, a quick study of the board, before 1...Kf8 reveals the quality of the opposing army's development, which in turn will tell us who hold a permanent advantage *:

* It's only a rough summary for Example 5. If you want to see a more-detailed example of analyzing the Development Quality, to determine who has the Superior side, click through to Example 4.

In Example #5, Black (Seirawan) has the permanent advantage, as White isn't going to overturn all of Black's advantages any time soon -- he's not behind in material, it's just that White doesn't have the spare material to attack Black's weaknesses while defending the position surrounding his King.

Black, therefore "takes the time" to send his King across to the Queenside, where his Pawns are a little vulnerable, "to stop any potential White counterplay" (with the Queen and a4-Pawn).

Here's what happened ...


[Event "?"]
[Site "Baden"]
[Date "1982.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Gligoric"]
[Black "Seirawan"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "6k1/pp3q2/3p1rn1/2pPprpp/P1P1R3/2P1BPPP/6K1/3Q1R2 b - - 0 0"]
[PlyCount "56"]

1...Kf8 2.Rf2 Ke8 3.Rf1 Kd7 4.Rf2 Kc8 5.Rf1 Qh7 6.Bd2 Rf8 7.Qc1 Qf7 8.Qd1 Kc7 9.Be3 Qg7 10.Kh2 Qh7 11.Kg2 Rg8 12.Bd2 Nf8 13.Qb1 Nd7 14.Ree1 Nb6 15.Qe4 Nxa4 16.Ra1 Nb6 17.Rxa7 Rf7 18.Re1 Qxe4 19.Rxe4 Rgf8 20.f4 gxf4 21.gxf4 Nd7 22.Kg3 Rg8+ 23.Kf2 Rfg7 24.Ke2 Rg2+ 25.Kd1 Rh2 26.Re2 Rg1+ 27.Be1 Rhh1 28.Kd2 exf4 29.Bh4 *