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November 2002 1 e4...

Welcome to the November update!

IM Andy Martin

Caro-Kann, Smyslov System

This month's update focuses primarily on Smyslov's variation 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3/d2 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nd7

where I'll show some new games and developments and some half-forgotten but interesting ideas.

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Caro-Kann, Smyslov System [B17]

We kick off with a game from the recent World Junior in Crete where 5 Qe2

was played successfully. This looks like a beginner's trap but Salome Melia shows otherwise.


has always seemed like a good move to me in the Main Line and I'll show why in this update.

Speelman comes off worse against Kveinys in the 5 Ng5 line - there 11 0-0! is the most dangerous move Black has to fight against.

By contrast, 5 Nf3 Ngf6 6 Nxf6+ is right out of fashion - perhaps because of 6...Nxf6 7 Ne5 and now 7...Be6!

and also 7...Nd7, you'll see why a little later on.

Meduna's 5 Bc4 Ngf6 6 Ng5 Nd5!?

isn't played often - I'm not a fan but the move is better than it looks. That will be examined.

Finally, enter the Twilight Zone with Stuart Conquest. His opponent's position after 8 Nhg1

As a bonus I include a recent rout from Norway where Agdestein blitzes Ostenstad in the Advance - piece sacrifices abound, and answer an interesting email query from Doug Schwetke the Texan in my emailbag about a quiet variation in the Alekhine!

I wish you all a Happy Christmas!

Please write to me at if you have any questions or queries and I wish you all a very good month.

IM Andrew Martin