A middlegame lesson by Ivan Sokolov: Rolling pawns

An experienced trainer, Ivan Sokolov has worked with the Iranian team for a number of years, helping the likes of Alireza Firouzja and Parham Maghsoodloo to develop their talent. In his first FritzTrainer series for ChessBase, he showcases a pragmatic style, focusing on general ideas rather than specific lines. One of the games analysed in the section devoted to rolling pawns is Boris Gelfand versus Aleksey Dreev from Tilburg 1993, which included a couple of magnificent long-term sacrifices by Black!

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