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April Update 2002

Greetings and welcome to the April Update.

IM Andrew Martin

All this month's new games are easily downloaded in PGN format using ChessPub.exe, open ChessPub.exe, put the date on, say, 24th April 2002, and then click on 'King's Indian', over on the right. All these games should appear (and the new ChessPub Guides, too)!

You can also enter the specific ECO code if you are only interested in a particular opening. Download PGN of April '02 KID games


This month we have some splendid battles for your viewing pleasure.

An unconventional Four Pawns Attack kick starts the set. Kosic bemuses Kovacevic with first 16 Kxf1

and then the unexpected 17 Nb5!

Then Chris Ward tries an odd move order in the Samisch 6 Qd2

which doesn't really come off.

Veteran Austrian master Baumgartner gives Bezold a shock in a classic Panno miniature. 15 Nd5!

gives Black a headache but we will see that Bezold could and should have captured on c4 earlier.

How good is 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 0-0 5 Nf3 c6!?

This hybrid variation isn't very common but Marcel Kempinski is keen and he demonstrates why, just for us.

Kempinski is in action later on in the update, this time on the receiving end of a sharp clash with Alexei Shirov. There 10...h6

is interesting, a small Zwischenzug.

Milov-Gallagher, from a recent Open in Las Vegas, looks like it was played in the casino! It is very hard to believe White's play in the opening- to me, after 17...Nd7

, he just seemed dead lost!

Suba plays the Suba system ... that is until his world collapses around him when Cheparinov goes into swindle mode! Watch out for 25...b5!??

Chess is unfair!

We see World Champion Ponomariov in action in a Classical Main Line. He should win, then lose. Finally it's a theoretical draw. The way Black handles the Bayonet 9 b4 Nh5 10 Re1 is worth close study. After 19...cxd4

he has equalised.

Another Classical sees Vassily Ivanchuk going down to Radjabov in a violent affair.

White castles,then uncastles. 21 Ke1 !?


Finally Epishin demonstrates to Bischoff why blocking the centre is out of fashion. 13 Ng5!

As usual, any queries or comments to would be most welcome.

IM Andrew Martin