What's New- January '03
Hello everyone! I'm sorry for the lateness of this update. I played in the US Championship and was working during the Kasparov-Deep Junior match.
Enough chit chat let's look at some chess!
For some reason people continue to play the Kalashnikov and with a singular lack of success. Have a look at Karjakin - Kosteniuk from their 6 game match where Black got a very passive position where she could only defend.
How many good lines does White need vs the Kalashnikov?
For a change we see some serious action in the B40 to 49 Paulsen/Kan/Taimanov area.
In Game 2 of the match Kasparov used the 5...Bc5 line
with good opening results. Possibly due to some weakness he and his advisors found in the machine.
In Game 4 of the match Kasparov switched to the Taimanov variation, again with good success. The computer opted for a Maroczy Bind setup in both cases. Deep Junior didn't understand the position, but defended like a genius. The Taimanov Hedgehog is my favorite of any of the numerous Hedgehog setups and Kasparov handled it well.
I decided on the Taimanov in Pruess - Fedorowicz from round 1 of the US Championship and got a very comfortable game. The reason I played the Taimanov was my opponent had 3 months to prepare something big for my Najdorf or Rauser. The Taimanov is always a solid choice.
In G Shahade-Kriventsov Black's ...b4 looked to be the cause of problems. White played the attack very well but the variation is not bad at all.
We've waited a long time for this but the black side of the Richter Rauser sees some very good news!
Check out Naiditch - Acs where Black tried one of my many suggestions.
This looks very reasonable vs the 9 f3 line, but it's good to see it in practice.
In Game 6 of his match with Deep Junior Kasparov finally played the Najdorf. The computer once again chose the more controlled 6 Be2 and Garry replied somewhat surprisingly with 6...e5. Black's ...Bd7 was no doubt in order to get the contraption out of book and it worked-out well.
Kasparov got the better of matters quickly, but the computer showed it's defensive skills well. ...Bd7 actually looks like a good alternative to the normal stuff.
Good Luck to all my chess friends around the globe.
See everyone at the February update.
GM John Fedorowicz
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