What's New- June '01
Hello and welcome to the June Update.
I've pruned nearly 400 games this month to leave you with the best of the crop.
Points of interest:
Check out Miso Cebalo's method against the steady 9...Bg4
in the Four Pawns Attack, JUN01/02. Not recommended in the books but you can't always rely on what you read.
Glek's Variation 9...Nc6!?,
could have been subjected to a stiffer test than that devised by Evgeny Bareev in our featured game, JUN01/03. I present Kramnik's alternative, leading to an advantage for White.
Topalovic gives 8...Qa6!?
an unsuccessful outing in JUN01/07.
Branko Damljanovic tries to revive 7...e6 against the Averbakh,
in JUN01/08, unsuccessfully as it turns out.
Hebden plays Brinkman against Berkvens with 8...Nd7!? , JUN01/10.
Finally Bacrot shows the ideal method against Aronian's Old Indian in JUN01/05; 12 Rac1
completes an excellent move-order.
And of course there is more. An interesting letter from IM Gerard Welling pointed out to me the possibility of 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 d6 3 Nc3 e5 4 Nf3 Qe7!? .
Something wild and different isn't it? I've compiled a file for you of games in this line, see JUN01/21. Have fun sifting through!
More annotations and ten extra games, hot off the press, complete the set.
Your comments are always welcome.
IM Andrew Martin
JUN01/03 BIG NAMES PLAY SHORT GAMES!
JUN01/06 White's tenth is a feint, designed to encourage Black into thinking that he might not castle for some time, instead concentrating on using his extra tempo for the Queenside pawn advance.
JUN01/11 Hot off the press!
JUN01/16 Hot off the press!
JUN01/02 9...Bg4 is still a very tough nut to crack. Check out John Watson's latest book on the Modern Benoni where he recommends 9...Nbd7!- I'll be dealing with that in the coming months.
JUN01/01 White's opening play is very quiet and hardly likely to pose Black a problem. It seems that Bukal is trying to provoke an over-reaction.
JUN01/07 8...Qa6!? is a very dubious-looking move which has yet to be refuted.
JUN01/10 Black's eighth is very unusual indeed, but a move typical of the enterprising Mark Hebden. Berkvens is forced to think for himself! Of course, 8...c5 would be regular.
JUN01/13 Hot off the press!
JUN01/19 Hot off the press!
JUN01/09 I like this game. White tries to put the boot in and is met with instructive defence. The counterattack then starts, very distructively!
JUN01/12 Hot off the press!
JUN01/15 Hot off the press!
JUN01/18 Hot off the press!
JUN01/20 Hot off the press!
JUN01/04 We have seen Black's sixth earlier. An eminently flexible move in the style of Miso Cebalo. Black commits himself to nothing, waits creatively and prepares himself for any White response. Very modern.
JUN01/08 A rather old interpretation. Polugaievsky produced some model games aginst this method and 7...e6 went right out of fashion. Let us see if Damljanovic has anything new up his sleeve!
JUN01/14 Hot off the press!
JUN01/21 A look at the unusual 4...Qe7!? line of the Old-Indian.
JUN01/05 I think this represents a very accurate move order from White. He prevents Black's ideal development with ...b5, ...Bb7 and ..Qb8! thanks to the threat of taking on e5.
JUN01/17 Hot off the press!
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Yours In Chess,
IM Andrew Martin