Weak Pawns As Targets
Seirawan Strategy Example #3

Winning Chess Strategies, Diagram 86, p141

This example focuses on the "Minority Attack" ... On the board, below, look at the Queenside and you'll see Black has a Pawn Majority of four (a7, b7, c6, d5), versus White's 3-Pawn Minority (a4, b4, d4).

But, it's even worse for White, as his trio of Pawns (on the Queenside) are split into two Pawn Islands:

• White's Queenside Pawn Island #1: a4 & b4;
• White's Queenside Pawn Island #2: d4 *

* This Pawn is much stronger as it's in a Pawn Island that's connected all the way to White's h3-Pawn, on the Kingside.

Anyway, the focus of this example is on White's 2-Pawn Island (a4 & b4). This Pawn Minority is going to be used to attack Black's Pawns up the board. This is the "Minority Attack" ...

PGN

[Event "?"]
[Site "Sousse"]
[Date "1967.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Reshevsky"]
[Black "Miagmarsuren"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "4r1k1/pp3pbp/2pqrnp1/3p4/PP1P4/1NNQP2P/2R2PP1/1R4K1 b - - 0 0"]
[PlyCount "22"]

1...b6 2.Nc1 Bh6 3.N1e2 Nh5 4.b5 Qd7 5.bxc6 Rxc6 6.Qb5 Rec8 7.Rbc1 R8c7 8.g4 a6 9.Qxa6 Nf6 10.Nxd5 Nxg4 11.Rxc6 Qxd5 12.Qa8+ *

End.