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We have a slightly different 'feel' to the work this month as I have taken the liberty of including a couple of older, interesting games. I hope you like this feature; the games of the past always guide us to the decisions of the future.

Download PGN of April '06 1 e4 ... games

Scandinavian Defence

But for the time being we stay in 2006 for our opening game from Bunratty in Ireland where IM Sam Collins tries to refute 3...Qd6 in the Scandinavian with the assistance of 6 Bg5!?:

Pirc/Modern Defence

Then back in time and the Modern as interpreted by Duncan Suttles in Game 2 will always be of interest. Check out 6...Nh6!?:

and the subsequent analysis.

A 2002 correspondence game is next up and a real demolition job by White. His novelty 12 Bc4!!:

is worth close attention.

Ponomariov - Zviagintsev is as up to date as can be and a rare sighting of 6...Na6 in the Austrian Attack. Black springs a new move, 13...e6:

, but I am doubtful.


The Advance Caro is a key battleground of modern chess and in Carlsen - Doetlling we see the odd 5 c4!?:

which doesn't look too hot - if this game is anything to go by.

A second Caro, Azarov - Akopian, extols the virtues of 4...Bh5!?:

against the Two Knights Variation, whilst one of my own games in the Panov is our third Caro this month, featuring Botvinnik's 6 Bg5:

We close with a masterpiece, Spassky - Larsen from 1979, where Larsen makes 5....gxf6!?:

look like a very good move indeed. Today we know better.....or do we?

See you in May.


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