December Daring Defences 2002
GM Glenn Flear
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The eight main games often have other recent important encounters in the notes so read them carefully!
Game One features the English defence which looks OK for Black although the main game illustrates how things can go wrong.
In Game Two we continue our discussion of the sharp lines arising from the Benko 5 b6 e6. In the following Diagram
the question is how should Black handle his defence? Read the notes to the game and you'll find out!
White successfully took the plunge with 7 Rxh5!
The rare St.George game in Game 7 was a bloodthirsty affair.
Black created interesting complications with 12...Rxf3 and was ultimately successful but it may not be quite correct.
In Game 8 Mestrovic has been in action again in the Nimzovich Defence. Although he was able to hold all three games featured within, the 5...e5 line doesn't quite solve Black's opening problems in the mainline Nimzovich.
The January Daring defences will concentrate on the Gruenfeld and should be out within a couple of weeks. So if you're mainly a Gruenfeld player, please be patient a little longer!
Keep the questions rolling in, you may find an idea that I've missed!
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