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The Spear Point

Post by PawnCustodian on August 1st 2013, 10:16 am

Has anyone see reference to the g2-g4 "Spear Point" method in any literature besides the ICS Lessons?

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Post by SirNemo on August 3rd 2013, 6:51 am

Can't say that I have, but I'll do some research for ya.

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by BorgQueen on August 4th 2013, 8:16 pm

No I.

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by Leavenfish on September 2nd 2013, 10:12 pm

Not having made it to month 5 yet, what are they talking about? I know they have mentioned other items by a name I had not heard before...but had heard by another name. For example, the 'coordinating piece'...where a rook or queen is not exchanged so that they can help the remaining minor perform. John Emms in one of his 'Simple Chess' books (More Simple Chess, I think) laid out the same idea...totally different name or maybe he did not even give it a name. Either way, I was familiar with it.

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by PawnCustodian on September 3rd 2013, 9:18 am

The Spear Point first appears, and is the main theme in the 8th annotated game; Ceteras - Pasarelu 2001.

The idea is to quickly grab space  by advancing the g-pawn (without pawn support), eject the f6-knight to take control of the d5-square, and eventually with support of the f and h pawns break through on the kingside.

I've collected a number of annotated games using Chessbase with a position plus maneuver search on the chesspub archives. Chesspub annotators have been using the term g4-thrust.

Looking over the statistics it is overwhelmingly successful at the below master level and causes no damage at the master/elite levels. Computers seem to undervalue the move so makes it interesting since it is purely positional play.

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by Mystique on September 8th 2013, 4:39 am

I've never seen it in other literature, and it look's very effective in the examples of the course. This however, I have the strong feeling that I will not apply this in my games very easily because it will also open your own kingside protection.

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by BorgQueen on November 18th 2013, 5:31 pm

This was one of those things that I ultimately ignored.

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by PawnCustodian on January 22nd 2014, 1:31 pm

BorgQueen wrote:This was one of those things that I ultimately ignored.

It's clearly an idea for OTB play meant to make a opponent burn so clock time. Following the current crop of elite GMs they are often trying to mix it up with moves like this. Probably influenced to Carlsen's play!

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Post by BorgQueen on January 22nd 2014, 6:19 pm

1.g4 I call the Borg Attack... I have played it and faced it in blitz several times.  I still haven't studied it though ^_^

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Post by PawnCustodian on January 23rd 2014, 8:24 am

BorgQueen wrote:1.g4 I call the Borg Attack... I have played it and faced it in blitz several times.  I still haven't studied it though ^_^

I like it! I've seen it as well in fun tournaments along with Bird's Opening.

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by BorgQueen on January 23rd 2014, 6:45 pm

There's usually two responses:

(a) immediate central pawn push
(b) a WTF moment followed by 15 seconds of "what do I do"

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by PawnCustodian on May 22nd 2014, 8:16 am

Finally came across a good description of the technique in Smirnov's opening videos where he discusses the g4 thrust in the context of opening development.

Although he doesn't call it the spear point, there's no doubt it is the same maneuver. Smirnov does a very nice job in describing the idea, along with the rationale in terms of opening theory.

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by Mystique on September 13th 2014, 4:35 am

Just found an article about the "spear point" idea on the Smirnov site:
Early wing attack

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by BorgQueen on September 14th 2014, 10:09 pm

I'll have to check that out... at chess.com there is a call for me to know this opening!

Do you have a link Mystique?

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Re: The Spear Point

Post by Mystique on September 15th 2014, 12:59 am


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Re: The Spear Point

Post by BorgQueen on September 15th 2014, 1:04 am

Thanks :-) I found it in my inbox about 2 minutes after I posted that ^_^

I thought it was 1.g4 or 1.e4...g5. The Grob or reversed Grob (sometimes called the BORG, which is why it interested me), but it's a variant of the semi slav. Booooo ^_^

Still gonna study it out though.

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