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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.

Aaron Summerscale



Torre Attack


London System


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

Trompowsky [A45]

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.

Torre Attack [A46 & D03]

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.

Colle-Zukertort [D02 & D04-05]

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.

London System [D00 & A46]

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.

Blackmar-Diemer [D00]

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?"


Torre Attack


London System