Mid journey AI Prompt
AlphaZero SHATTERS Chess Norms: EPIC Pawn Installations and amazing Piece sac
This is one of my favorite games from the 2017 Alphazero vs Stockfish 7 match. It shows clearly an amazing pawn installation that claws into key dark squares of the black position and rocks the foundation of the french defence which does invite a bad light square bishop that can't really help contest dark squares quite often and is sometimes just useless like this game shows.
It starts off with 1.d4 but transposes into a French defence:
The Steinitz variation
A central tension release - is this a "principle" being violated instead of the more common Nc6?
Which way to capture here?
Kxd2 of course - the King needs to go to e3 :)
The King is a strong piece as Steinitz used to say:
An amazing part of the game - White to play - what would you play here?
Bxg6 !! UNBELIEVABLE - it is what is behind this that is incredible
And what on earth is White's point here?
The f5 pawn break!
And here an "installation" comes:
And now installing a pawn on f6
Look at those pawn "claws" of the installation
Key takeaway points
- I don't see how to appreciate many of the Alphazero games without the concept of "Accumulation of Installations".I think the way it has trained with self-learning is to do more of what works and less of what doesn't. Those things that "work" are often visual installations
- This is a very emphatic example of an aggressive pawn installation worth a piece sacrifice
- The Black King in the center really helped justify the piece sacrifice - the dark squares so vulnerable and the French defense light square bishop of no help in key variations
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