What's New- December '01
Greetings and a festive welcome to the December Update. We won't meet again until next year so I'd like to take this opportunity of wishing you a very Happy Christmas.
IM Andrew Martin
You are here for the chess, so I'd like to move straight in with all the points of interest.
You will see an interesting game between 6 h3 specialist Krasenkov and Antoniewski, DEC01/01. Perhaps Black's 10th move 10...Nd7!?
compels him to live on a knife edge but it's certainly worth trying again.
Check out the most attractive move of the month 20. Qxf5+!!
in Shulman-Ginsburg, DEC01/03.
Beliavsky employs Cebalo's 6...Qe8 to good effect but his opponents 8 Nge2?
was a real lemon. 8 d5 is critical.
Sokolov employs some interesting effects in his game vs Gislason, DEC01/06. One look at the diagram after 12...axb5
will show this is no everyday King's Indian.
We see an unusual counter to 5 Bd3 this month after 5...0-0 6 Nge2 Nc6! 7 0-0 Ng4!
Farakhov continues to befuddle his opponent and wins nicely with a Kingside attack in DEC01/08.
In the high-level encounter Marin-Shirov, DEC01/11, White bravely sacrifices a piece eg 24 Ndxe4!?
but is never quite able to roll those central pawns.
A game from the recent World Junior shows high-class prophylactic play from Jan Werle. The position after 16 f4! tells Black that his attack is at an end, see DEC01/02.
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DEC01/02 It's still an open question whether 9...a5 is better or worse than 9...Nh5.
Coming to another subject, I was extremely impressed with the standard of play at the World Junior Championships. Out in Spain as one of the English seconds, I got the opportunity to observe the play first-hand. This is just one of many excellent games.
DEC01/03 An attacking masterpiece from White.
DEC01/07 8 Rc1 is a strange-looking move but the Rook comes in very useful in certain lines where White plays b2-b4 (hitting a Knight on c5 presumably) and then c4-c5!
DEC01/12 RIVAL ATTACKS
DEC01/14 LIFE IN THE OLD DOG YET
DEC01/21 MR DANNER HAS JUST LEFT THE BUILDING
DEC01/04 There is a penalty for not knowing enough about this sharp line: DEFEAT. And that applies to both colours!
DEC01/15 THE PERIL OF 12...f6 ?
DEC01/06 Sokolov toys with the traditional move-order to produce a new and provocative position.
DEC01/09 Kochyev makes 8 Nbd2 look a very good move against the Panno. I give alternatives and improvements.
DEC01/10 Playing ...Bf5 is a rather solid idea. Black intends to try to exchange off his light-squared Bishop and then put his central pawns on e6 and d5.
DEC01/11 After Shirov's 12...e5 the blocked position is known to slightly favour White. I would have expected 12...h5!? or maybe 12...bxc4 13 bxc4 Bh6, variations both unclear and unresolved.
DEC01/16 WORN DOWN
DEC01/17 FTACNIK ANALYSES EVERYTHING
DEC01/18 WHAT'S A PAWN BETWEEN ARTISTS?
DEC01/19 THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE NA4 AND THE CRUSHING KINGSIDE ATTACK!
DEC01/01 6 h3 is a Krasenkov favourite. Despite the slow appearance of White's sixth move play is always rich and complex in this variation.
DEC01/05 Black tries Cebalo's move, preserving options. I like this move, which enlivens Black's game.
DEC01/20 KRAKOPS KRUNCH
DEC01/08 Black's exotic use of the Knights forces one to like this game. White doesn't appear to make any particular mistake yet gets quickly crushed!
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IM Andrew Martin