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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


Torre Attack




London System


Barry Attack

All this month's new games are easily downloaded in PGN format using ChessPub.exe, whilst the eBooks can be found at the eBooks Download Page.

You can also download the March '02 d-pawn specials games directly in PGN form here: Download Games

Torre Attack [A46 & D03]

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.

Trompowsky [A45]

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.

Pseudo-Tromp [D00]

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.

Colle-Zukertort [D02 & D04-05]

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.

London System [D00 & A46]

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.

Stonewall [D00]

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.

Barry Attack [D00]

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.

Torre Attack




London System


Barry Attack