We have studied the Caro-Kann advance variation before in our articles, but after seeing a game today I was compelled to get back to this variation. The game was played by none other than the creative genius Alexey Shirov. He is known for his imaginative and enthusiastic play. Obviously white gains a good amount of space in the advance variation from the early 'e5' advance. This space is the key for white to fight for any advantage. Another important factor would be black's dark squared bishop, since that plays a key role in defending his weak squares.
Our first game was between Alexey Shirov against the Ukrainian Grandmaster Pavel Eljanov played a few days back in the Tal Memorial tournament.
Our second game today is between Grandmaster Evgeny Najer and Grandmaster Alexander Lastin. Najer dominates the whole game with the extra space and the control of the dark squares.
Hopefully our readers enjoyed these two instructive games that are entertaining in their own ways. The first one being very sharp and tactical and the second one a thorough domination, but both had the same positional idea behind them: more space and dark square weakness.
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