Welcome to the January 2001 update, with plenty of Grandmaster agony and innovation!
All the best
Aaron Summerscale email@example.com
AS226 The Tromp claims another unsuspecting GM, in one of the most fashionable lines. Black's bizarre move 7...h5, cannot even be classified beginners' mistake, as it was made by a top class Grandmaster! Perhaps he thought that the usual rules didn't apply to him, but he was about to be taught a painful lesson...
AS227 A high powered all GM clash produces a very instructive and exciting game. Both sides intend to hurl their respective kitchen sinks at the opposing king.
AS228 In one of the most theoretically important lines in the whole Tromp, White unleashes an important novelty, which I have a feeling may attract a few followers.
AS229 White opts for solidity rather than ambition in one of Black's most aggressive anti-Torre lines, but he still gets the job done in the end.
AS230 The London system can be effective against Chigorin players who opt for 1...d5 and 2...Nc6. Creative play here gives the Black queen the runaround.
AS231 Here we see Black paying the price for an inaccurate move order. White manages to exploit this error with extremely energetic play. Having bagged the bishop pair, White is quick to open up the position.
AS232 White comes off second best in one of the most critical lines of the 4.f3 Veresov. This is one of Black's most ambitious lines against White's opening set up. He counterattacks on the dark squares, where White is potentially weakest. However, I don't believe we have seen the last of this opening idea.
AS233 An unusual and quite aggressive way of handling the Colle-Zukertort. White immediately strikes out on the queenside without any provocation from Black, heading directly for the hanging pawn formation.
This leaves Black open to all sorts of dynamic shots when he does not have a plan for blockading White's hanging pawns.
AS234 In a Colle Queen's Indian, Black chooses the Scandinavian recapture on d5 with his queen in order to attack the White IQP quickly, but I don't think we will be seeing much more of this idea.
AS235 This is a decent move order for Black. Here we see him put in a powerful attacking display in order to take advantage of some rather limp opening play by White.