What's New- May '02
Better late than never for this update.
It was a big month for the Richter Rauser variation.
Lets get the ball rolling with Bologan-Obodchuk where White (it's believed that Victor Bologan started Black's problems in the f3 lines) does a number on Black. Looking at it Black's game didn't look bad it just lacked in counterchances.
For the first time in a long time Black's puts together a decent game. For a change! Mista-Czarnota saw Black get good play in an ...h5 line. I am thinking about giving it a try-out.
The misery continued in Zezulkin-Jaworski as White worked up a massive initiative without working up a sweat.
We switch to the Benko system with Zapata-Stefansson where Black's inaccurate move order (...Rd8) led to some problems.
We round out this late update with a couple of Najdorfs.
Sadatnajafi-Sadvkasov in the B99 section saw Black play 10...h6!? a safe alternative to the hairy 10...b5. Black got a very comfortable game with ease. I've always wondered if the "Browne variation" with the white bishop on d3 might be equal. White has a hard time cracking Black open.
In the B80 English attack Black learned a tough lesson in Gunnarsson-Vasquez. Black's ...d5 break was ill-timed and White took advantage nicely. White's 15 g6! must've come as a huge shock. We must all think twice ( or more!) before opening the position with the king residing on e8.
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Good Luck! and take care, GM John Fedorowicz