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1 e4 Various MAY 2003 UPDATE

Welcome to the May Update. Wherever you are in the chess world I hope that things are going well for you.

IM Andy Martin

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In the first game we see a massacre of the Modern Scandinavian where White uses 2...Nf6 3 Bb5+ Bd7 4 Be2!?

to good effect. Improvements are on hand for Black luckily.

A second Scandinavian wipe-out takes place in Ristic - Markovic but there Black's play was ridiculously passive. Just take a look at the position after 14 Ne5

Internet Chess Club bullet king Schmaltz shows his teeth in a 2 Nc3 Alekhine.

Can you decipher the mess after 10 c4?

See the notes for all the answers.

Zarnicki - McShane sees the young English Grandmaster in very provocative mood e.g. 1 e4 g6 2 d4 Bg7 3 Nc3 d6 4 f4 e6!?

Direct play should pay dividends for White and Zarnicki's answer 5 Nf3 Ne7 6 Bd3 b6 7 0-0 (7 Qe2) 7...Nd7 8 f5!

was strong indeed. Surprisingly, White failed to win.

Black had more success in Zhigalko - Kupreichik, a Modern where White conspicuously failed to get any attack at all. Black's play after 13...e5

was in effect, a model performance.

Delchev - Schlosser shows that there is more to the Advance Caro than meets the eye. White innovated early with 4 Nd2!?

followed by Nb3. I have my doubts but Delchev got a reasonable game.

Vishy Anand shows his enormous talent by demolishing the in-form Danish GM PH Nielsen (see Game 7). Black's King hangs around in the centre, fatally: 18 Nxg7+

The notes will show that Black had one chance and failed to take it.

Finally, in Game 8 Dreev tries to improve on last month's game Kasparov-Anand with 14...Qa5

De Firmian makes some moves forward but cannot breach the rock-solid Black position.

So, some fascinating chess for you and I hope you enjoy the games.

Best Wishes until next month,

IM Andrew Martin

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