November Update: - What's New
With so many mainline openings promising Black equality, more and more players are turning to offbeat tries such as the d-pawn specials. The results, certainly for the moment, are encouraging.
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Nikolaev, N - Kopasov, E
This represents one of Black's most double-edged tries against the Tromp and the d4 specialist needs to familiarise him or herself with White's approach in this game.
Ubezio, M - Mazzariol, O
White chooses a relatively unexplored and interesting path in one of the main lines in the 2...e6 system.
Goldberg, M - Knight, T
A highly original game, with both players not just straying from, but leaping off the beaten track as soon as possible.
Curi, G - Turpanov, M
A typical situation for the Torre/Tromp specialist.
The key question is: "Does Black's bishop pair compensate him for White's better structure?" In this game, the answer is a resounding no!
Zilberman, N - Pitterson, J
Yet another example (do they never learn?) of Black paying the price for relinquishing the central tension.
Thamtavatvorn, T - Mrad, C
Black's central stategy gives him a fairly level game, until he suffers a bout of over-aggression.
Kitchlew,A-Van de Walle,R
Although White will win no prizes for his opening play in this game, he finds a good way to punish his opponent later.
Lebel, P - Rohl, J
This looks like another good way for Black to meet passive White play in the King's Indian.
Black's pawn avalanche on the kingside eventually leads to White's demise.
Donchenko, A - Kahn, M
Chigorin's defence, preferring knights to bishops, doesn't stand the test of time and here Black makes the mistake of opening the position too early.
Henris, L - Potaux, O
After typically robust play from White, we arrive at the following position. The question is: "How should White proceed from here?"