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The Latest Developments - December 2003

Hi everyone, and welcome to my end-of-year update!


Note that Michael Stevenson has kindly provided a couple more book Reviews for your delectation.

To download the December '03 Flank Openings games directly in PGN form click here: Download Games

English 1...e5

English 1...c5

English 1...Nf6 & others



English Opening



[A20]: In the following Keres System position I recommend 8 e3 in my book:

However, in Horvath,J - Rabiega,R the Hungarian GM preferred 8 e4 and won in nice fashion.


[A30]: We have covered the following trendy 7 Re1 Hedgehog position many times over the years:

and in Naumann,A - Stefansson,H Black played the best move 13...Rfe8 to which White tried the sharp sacrifice 14 Nd5!?. But is it any good?

[A31]: Doettling,F - Atalik,S starts 1 Nf3 c5 2 c4 Nf6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 and now Black played the unusual 4...a6!?:

and White failed to gain any real advantage.

[A33]: Romero Holmes,A - Karjakin,S features an idea of Korchnoi which seems to score very well for White, and this is no exception as the young prodigy is completely lost after only ten moves!

[A35]: The game Vaganian,R - Kalinitschew,S begins 1 Nf3 c5 2 c4 Nc6 3 Nc3 e5 4 e3 f5!?:

and Black equalises quite easily, but White's opening innovation on move twelve seems inferior to the established move.

1...Nf6 & others

[A16]: A few weeks ago in the Austrian league (played in the beautiful town of Graz) I reached the following position, expecting 5...d6

so it was a surprise when my opponent produced 5...c6 intending ...d5. Now, I didn't really want to play 6 d4 d5 7 cxd5 cxd5 8 0-0 Nc6 9 Ne5 which was the battleground of many Karpov-Kasparov games, and has a rather boring reputation, but what else? After a little think I played 6 e4!?, and went on to win. Have a look at Kosten,A - Schwarz,M to get the low-down on this move.

[A18]: Do you remember that Ivanchuk innovation in the Mikenas Attack from last month? Well, Black has already hit back! See Bruzon,L - Zarnicki,P.


[A14]: In the following position:

Black plays 10...a4, and White normally replies 11 d4. However, in the game Chuchelov,V - Rogozenko,D White actually captured the a4-pawn by 11 Nxa4. Look at the game to see whether this was any good!


Please feel free to share any of your thoughts with me, whatever they are, suggestions, criticisms (just the polite ones, please), etc. Drop me a line at the Flank Openings Forum, or subscribers can write directly to

Till next month, Tony K

English 1...e5

English 1...c5

English 1...Nf6 & others