March Update: - What's New
Sorry it's a bit late this month folks. I'll aim to be back on track for April's update.
Black again seems to be getting the upper hand in the d-pawn specials this month. Perhaps in the hurly-burly of international chess, the professionals have got the hang of White's tricky systems. So this month I appeal for your games, those played at your local club or on the internet. It's time to put the ball back in Black's court.
Aaron Summerscale email@example.com
Mansour, S - Ahmed, E/4th Arab Champions League 2002
White tries to play it safe against his higher rated opponent but as so often happens, simply plays into Black's hands.
Ozyilmaz, A - Ersahin, B/Open Antalya TUR
White bamboozles his opponent with a dark-squared strategy in the h4 Tromp, which he promptly turns into a fully-fledged kingside attack.
Dombai, I - Berczes, D/Spring Festival 2002
Black tries a tricky new idea in one of the main lines of the Tromp. White makes one slip in unfamiliar territory and is immediately terminated.
Kessler, B - Kolus, L/Spring Festival 2002
Black demonstrates a keen eye for attack in one of the quieter lines of the Tromp. White had his chances, but failed to take them.
Hodgson, J - Falentin, A/Bundesliga 2001-2 2002
Black tries to create a bit of confusion against Mr Tromp himself as early as move two. However, Julian Hodgson is not a man easily bewildered.
Atanaskovic, P - Lajthajm, B/ch-Serbia Leskovac YUG 2002 [D05]
In this game White tries to occupy e5 far too early and Black makes his overambitious opponent pay an extremely high price for leaving his king in the centre.
Nikolaidi, E - Mourtzouni, M/Aphrodite Athens GRE 2002
Routine chess can be extremely dull chess, and in this example, White certainly pays the price for his lack of creativity.
Levar, N - Jurkovic, H/8th Hotel Opatija 2002
Black approaches the London system in an extremely creative way and is quickly rewarded for his imaginative play.
Sazanova, J - Molkova, O/ch-RUS Girls U20 2002
Black provides another perfect antidote to the Stonewall by developing his light-squared bishop to f5. White's chances of an opening advantage go up in smoke.
Fierro Baquero, M - Arakhamia, K/Masters Wroxham ENG 2002
White treads an old path in the main line of the Barry, allowing Black to demonstrate a simple way to equalise.