What's New- March '02
Lets start March off with the some Najdorf defense action.
Kriventsov-Wojtkiewicz [B90] sees White's 12 Nb3?! fail miserably. I think White should play Nb3 only when it discombobulates Black's q-side. Here Black's ...Rc8 rendered White's N move useless. Later-on White made matters worse by allowing the stock sac ...Rxc3.
The English GM Michael Adams is great at move-order tricks. Here he gets Kasparov into a Scheveningen-type position, [B80], with Black's pawn on h5 looking a bit misplaced. White had some good alternatives down the road.
I don't understand what happened in Lima-Morovic Fernandez [B99]. How can a strong GM not know that Black had to play 13... Bxg5 instead of 13...Nc5?. The variation has been in the theoretical garbage can for years.
Black continues to suffer in the Rauser. In Cheparinov-Kotronias, [B63], White could have played 16 Nd4! putting Black in the deep water. It's very hard to see improvements for Black.
Lets switch to a Sveshnikov variation.
Suprisingly we see the former world champion on the black side. He must have detected a weakness in Shirov's opening repetoire. As we see here Black had a point, shrugging off the dubious piece sac for an easy victory. I've seen Shirov play this piece sac in blindfold chess, but in a regular tournament game it's asking for trouble. See Shirov-Kasparov [B33].
The stubborn Kalashnikov player GM Fedorov bites the dust again, this time to Dominguez in [B32]. The good news for followers of this variation is that Black came out of the opening in one piece.
We end this month's update with a Paulsen/Kan where Epishin's passive play led to an easy win for Svidler [B42].
Hope this update finds all my friends well!