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AlphaZero's Mind-Blowing Chess Strategy: Double Pawn Sacrifice and Queen Dance
I have revisited the remarkable Game 5 of the 2017 match between Alphazero and Stockfish. It features a remarkable double pawn sacrifice which creates very interesting dynamic play that ends up winning the material back with interest.
The game starts with a Queen's Indian Defence
This is the "Polugaevsky gambit" in the Queens Indian defence. It is named after him partly because of the following amazing game he played vs Korchnoi:
In the Alphazero game, we see a fascinating continuation. One early key point is to get a Knight onto f5. Kasparov has also made use of this gambit with great effect.
Here comes a 2nd pawn sacrifice:
Very "dynamic chess"
- 2 pawns down but with rather a lot of compensation including Black's awkward Queenside pieces, and White's dark square bishop without a counterpart:
A stunning Bg5:
A concession had to be made later giving up the exchange - c5
Winning the exchange
Key takeaway points
- The gambit is very dangerous as it is
- Adding a second pawn sacrifice makes the gambit even more dangerous - supercharging it
- Stockfish had to give back material when it realised the compensation was so powerful
- Dynamic chess is alive and kicking - perhaps we have been trusting our engines too much before the Neural Network wave of engines
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