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1 e4 Various August 2003 UPDATE

Apologies for the brevity of this update. I have been writing 'on the move' from the British Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland, straight to a family holiday in the South of France. There's still plenty of good chess though!

IM Andy Martin

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We begin with a tactical gem Korchnoi - Morozevitch. Virtually every move towards the end of this fluctuating game is surprising. I'll pick out the starting moment for the fireworks: 27...Bc5!?

and leave you to enjoy this masterpiece.

There are four games from the British Championships themselves:

Two Pirc masterpieces from Bangladeshi Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman confirm that this provocative defence is very much alive and kicking. He gets away with 5...Qb6!?

in Game 2 against Adam Hunt, who is persuaded to play 6 Rb1 as a reply. Surely 6 a3 or 6 Qd2 are both more testing.

Then later, against Motwani in Game 3, he's offered the chance to repeat this little exercise in brinkmanship, but declines. The critical position occurs after 13...cxd5!?

Cypriot Grandmaster Kotronios, entertains us with the Caro-Kann in Game 4 with a novelty, 11 Rb1!?

Finally, Zimbabwean master Gwaze is refreshingly direct and obliterates Timothy Woodward in another Caro, supposedly a solid main line: 18 g4!

See Game 6.

In the final game Burmakin hits back on behalf of the Caro with more tactical genius on show: 13...d3!

I'll be back with lots more in September, making up for all the lost time.


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Best Wishes , IM Andrew Martin