What's New- May '01
Hi and welcome to the May Update.
Plenty of interesting chess for you this month. I'm away on holiday as I write, so forgive the shortened introduction. Normal service will be resumed next time, including some intriguing email queries.
Until then, keep well and best wishes,
IM Andrew Martin
MAY01/01 This isn't a great game but it illustrates the danger of routine. Black imagines that the Kingside attack comes as of right and it just hasn't worked out that way.
MAY01/08 Hot off the press!
MAY01/10 Hot off the press!
MAY01/13 Hot off the press!
MAY01/16 Hot off the press!
MAY01/18 Hot off the press!
MAY01/09 Hot off the press!
MAY01/20 Hot off the press!
MAY01/03 Oh, if it was as simple as this to equalize, everyone would be doing it! On the other hand Black's system isn't too bad, reasonably easy to understand- if you don't mind surrendering the two Bishops for active piece play.
MAY01/07 Hot off the press!
MAY01/14 Hot off the press!
MAY01/15 Hot off the press!
MAY01/02 When Dreev innovates, I guess we sit up and take notice. The only concern one might have could be that the White King will become insecure but he sits quite tightly on b1 and White will choose which side of the board he wants to play on. All in all, 11 h4! looks like a good move. In simple chess terms, White intends to take a can opener to the Black King dispensing with the need for g2-g4.
MAY01/11 Hot off the press!
MAY01/12 Hot off the press!
MAY01/05 Hebden played 6...a5!? against me in the 1997 British Championship. After looking suspiciously at the Queenside for about 20 minutes I resolved to ignore the a-pawn and continue developing. White got a small edge but the game was shortly drawn.
Bates chooses a seemingly sensible approach- doesn't try to refute the move and ends up with ......... nothing!
It is hard to endorse 6...a5 but Black's position is so flexible that he can probably afford the luxury. Of course, if White hadn't played h2-h3 he could probably go f4 and blow the Black position away!
MAY01/06 7 Qc2 is rather an unusual and provocative move for the Queen. The point is that Black's idea of 7...e5 8 d5 Nc5 is nullified given that e4 is protected. It's similar to 7 Qc1, Alburt's move, but there the Queen is less exposed. Can Black take advantage of it? Unlikely. Instead a flexible move such as 7...c6 looks good, awaiting events. It is not clear to me that the White Queen is that well placed at all.
MAY01/19 Hot off the press!
MAY01/04 I'm not too sure how White should handle the position here. Advancing on the Queenside seems acceptable. The Knight on e2 is misplaced- he would much rather stand on f3 when, after ...f5 White could play Nf3-g5, or if not, then either Nd2 or Ne1-d3 would be available. That is the precise problem. Meanwhile Ng3 can be answered by either ...Nf4! or ...Nxg3 and then ...f7-f5.
MAY01/17 Hot off the press!
MAY01/21 Hot off the press!
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IM Andrew Martin