Storming the Castled Position

Observe how closely these master games match with the very few examples I have given. Those examples may seem easy but most effective. Once you have mastered all the problems study more and more master games, analyse and try to set the basic pattern in mind so that you recognize them without even calculating.

Position after:

(1) Illescas Cordoba,M (2600) - Franco Ocampo,Z (2474) [A33]
ESP-ch Palencia (5), 23.08.1999

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.g3 Bc5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg2 0-0 9.0-0 d6 10.Bf4 Nh5 11.Be3 Nf6 12.Rc1 Bd7 13.Bf4 Qb8 14.c5 e5 15.Bg5 Be6 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.e3 dxc5 18.Ne4 c4 19.Nbc5 Qc8 20.Qh5 b5 21.Qh6 Nb4 22.f4 Rb8 23.fxe5 fxe5 24.Nf6+ Bxf6 25.Be4 1-0

Position after:

(2) Hansen,S (2499) - Fries Nielsen,J (2447) [B42]
DEN-ch Aarhus (7), 02.04.1999

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Ba7 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Qe2 d6 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.Qxe3 Nf6 11.0-0-0 0-0 12.f4 e5 13.f5 b5 14.g4 Nxg4 15.Qg3 Nf6 16.Rhg1 Ne8 17.Nd5 f6 18.Qh4 Ra7 19.Rg3 Kh8 20.Rdg1 g5 21.fxg6 f5 22.Qh6 Rg7 23.gxh7 Rff7 24.exf5 Rxg3 25.Rxg3 Rxh7 26.Qf8# 1-0

Position after:

(3) Turner,M (2475) - Sutovskij,E (2575) [B20]
Oxford Grandmasters 'A' Oxford (3), 16.12.1998

1.e4 c5 2.g3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Bg2 Qe6+ 6.Kf1 Nc6 7.h3 Bh5 8.d3 0-0-0 9.Be3 Qf6 10.Nbd2 Nd4 11.Rb1 Qa6 12.b4 Qxa2 13.Bxd4 cxd4 14.Ra1 Qb2 15.g4 Bg6 16.Rxa7 Kb8 17.Nc4 Qxb4 18.Qa1 Nf6 19.Nxd4 Be4 20.Bxe4 Nxe4 21.Nc6+ 1-0

Position after:

(4) Luther,T (2560) - Schmaltz,R (2520) [B08]
GER-ch Bremen (4), 09.11.1998

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 c6 7.Re1 Nbd7 8.e5 Ne8 9.Bf4 dxe5 10.dxe5 Nc7 11.Qc1 Ne6 12.Bh6 Qb6 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.a4 a5 15.Bc4 Nd4 16.Nxd4 Qxd4 17.Re4 Qc5 18.Rh4 h5 19.Rxh5 gxh5 20.Qg5+ Kh8 21.Qh6+ Kg8 22.Qg6+ Kh8 23.Qh6+ Kg8 24.Qg5+ Kh8 25.Qxh5+ Kg7 26.Qg5+ Kh8 27.Qh6+ Kg8 28.Qg6+ Kh8 29.Qh6+ Kg8 30.Qg6+ Kh8 31.Qh5+ Kg7 32.Qg5+ Kh8 33.Re1 Qxc4 34.Qh5+ Kg7 35.Qg5+ Kh8 36.Qh5+ Kg7 37.Qg5+ Kh8 38.Re3 Qe6 39.Qh4+ Kg7 40.Rg3+ Qg6 41.Qxe7 Qxg3 42.hxg3 c5 43.Qg5+ Kh7 44.Qh5+ Kg7 45.Qg5+ Kh7 46.Ne4 Rg8 47.Qh5+ Kg7 48.Nd6 1-0

Position after:

(5) Hauchard,A (2500) - Schlosser,P (2505) [D45]
Herzliya Herzliya (5), 10.09.1998

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.e4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Qxe4 c5 10.Bg5 Nf6 11.Qh4 cxd4 12.0-0-0 e5 13.Bd3 h6 14.Rhe1 0-0 15.Bxh6 gxh6 16.Qxh6 Re8 17.Ng5 e4 18.Rxe4 Rxe4 19.Nxe4 Nxe4 20.Bxe4 Qc7 21.Bh7+ Kh8 22.Rxd4 Be5 23.Bg6+ Kg8 24.Rd8+ 1-0

Position after:

(6) Anand,V (2770) - Granda Zuniga,J (2630) [E15]
Madrid Magistral 7th Madrid (8), 20.05.1998

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 d5 6.Bg2 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bd6 8.Nc3 c6 9.0-0 0-0 10.e4 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.Ng5 Be7 13.Nxe4 Nd7 14.Bf4 Nf6 15.Qc2 Rc8 16.Rfd1 h6 17.a4 Nxe4 18.Bxe4 Bf6 19.Be5 Qe7 20.a5 b5 21.c5 Rfd8 22.b4 Rd7 23.Ra3 Qd8 24.Rdd3 Be7 25.Qd1 Bf8 26.g4 Rd5 27.h4 Qxh4 28.Bxd5 cxd5 29.g5 Qxg5+ 30.Rg3 Qf5 31.Raf3 Qh7 32.Qe2 g5 33.Bf6 Qb1+ 34.Kh2 Qe4 35.Qd2 Bg7 36.Bxg5 hxg5 37.Qxg5 Qh7+ 38.Kg2 Re8 39.Qf6 1-0

Position after:

(7) Lasker,E - Marshall,F [C42]
St Petersburg f St Petersburg, 1914

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Be6 8.Nc3 Nbd7 9.0-0-0 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Nh5 12.d4 Nxg3 13.hxg3 g4 14.Nh4 d5 15.Qb5 0-0-0 16.Qa5 a6 17.Bxa6 bxa6 18.Qxa6+ Kb8 19.Nb5 Nb6 20.Rd3 Qg5+ 21.Kb1 Bd6 22.Rb3 Rhe8 23.a4 Bf5 24.Na7 Bd7 25.a5 Qd2 26.axb6 Re1+ 27.Ka2 c6 28.Nb5 cxb5 29.Qa7+ 1-0

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