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What's New- January 2004

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the Anti-Sicilians New Year!

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2 c3 Sicilian [B22]

The C3 Sicilian comes under the spotlight this month with a main line starting 1 e4 c5 2 c3 Nf6 3 e5 Nd5 4 Nf3 e6 5 Bc4:

Pierrot - Bruzon is a marathon game where the higher rated player with Black fails to find a breakthrough and the game is eventually drawn.

In the game Rublevsky - Goloshchapov White engages in a direct attack, which ensures an entertaining encounter.

Lemmers - Murariu sees White trying a side-line to try and unsettle his opponent. The idea does not quite work out and Black wins a long ending.

Star game of the month

The star game of the month is Shaw - McShane, in which White plays the Rossolimo 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 [B31]:

The English grandmaster with the black pieces plays very accurately to at first defend and finally to secure a winning position.

Opening Survey

This month we look at a line of the Smith-Morra Gambit 1 e4 c5 2 d4 cxd4 3 c3 dxc3 4 Nxc3 e6 5 Nf3 Be7 6 Bc4 a6 7 0-0 Nc6 8 Qe2 d6 9 Rd1 Qc7 [B21]:

The first game is Flitny - Bristina, which is a typical example in this line where Black goes in the opening and falls behind on material. However, watch for how Black could have turned the tables and won!

Buchicchio - Damia, sees Black getting into difficulties due to White's lead in development. The White victory is wrapped up with a neat finish

A great game from Black's point of view is Diermair - Biu Vinh, where the White attack is fended off by a series of careful moves.

Sola - Trejo is a good example of how Black can walk into a book trap and just importantly how to win when White secures the advantage.

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