In his own unique style, GM Alexander Morozevich draws readers’ attention to the necessity for a modern approach to the study of openings, harnessing the power of human judgment and intuition to the cold calculation of the computer engine. This time he deals with a position that can arise either from the Benoni or the Saemisch Variation of the King’s Indian Defence – and endeavours to provide an answer to a little explored question: “In whose favour are the pawn moves a2-a4 and ...a7-a6 ?”. Moreover, just like his article in Chess Informant 124, a move of the other rook’s pawn, …h7-h5, also comes under the spotlight! Only this time, Moro chooses to side with Black, offering a whole new range of ideas which exclude(!) the moves a2-a4 and ...a7-a6, whilst explaining the subtle differences between the old and the new approach to this kind of opening position.
After reading Moro’s article readers will also surely appreciate:
1. The depth and breadth of top class grandmaster preparation, regardless of whether the fruits of home analysis can be put into practice over the board in the very first next game, or after couple of months, or even years…
2. Interesting ideas that have only made an appearance in rapid chess can also be very worthy of study!
Leading Indian GM Pentala Harikrishna draws the reader into the world of imaginative calculation, starting with a game from the World Cup in which Ukrainian GM Yuri Vovk gives a lesson in the art of pursuing an initiative to the young American star Ray Robson. The second game, played at the European Club Championship in Skopje, brings us up to date with the feud between Kramnik and Topalov, which has been going on since their bitterly contested match of 2006. This is followed by a curtain-raiser for next year’s eagerly awaited ladies’ world title showdown between Hou Yifan and Mariya Muzychuk. Finally, Pentala annotates a spectacular win which helped him win the recent Poker Stars Open on the Isle of Man.
Just feel the rush of adrenalin as Russian GM Ernesto Inarkiev invites you to join him step-by-step on a non-stop chess adventure, lasting a whole month and packed tight with one tournament after another. With such a demanding schedule, not only is it vital to maintain a consistently high level of play but also the ability to cope with long-distance travel, changes of diet and environment and even differing conditions of play. Yet Ernesto not only managed to keep his composure and fighting spirit, so to be well satisfied with the results of his chess marathon, but also had enough energy left to annotate ten games and fragments for Chess Informant. Now that’s a true pro for you!
GM Mihail Marin's latest serving of “Old Wine in New Bottles” will give readers a taste of the joys of exploiting the weakest link in an opponent’s pawn chain – the f7 or f2 squares! Included in this intriguing survey of the way past and present GMs have attacked and defended these vulnerable points are no less than three(!) encounters from the World Cup final match between GM Sergey Karjakin and GM Peter Svidler. It may well be harder to play the brilliant combinations of yesteryear because of today’s superior defensive technique but let there be no mistake – the Achilles Heel of the chessboard is here to stay!
GM Emanuel Berg looks at an old Steinitz idea in the Ruy Lopez which has recently enjoyed an unexpected revival. After a century or more of automatically playing 6.Re1, White players have now gone back to an idea of the first world champion: 6.d3. Two games from the World Cup with this deceptively modest move are examined, from both White and Black’s point of view. Curiously, each of these “mirrored” examples was played in Round 4 of the World Cup and shows clearly the likely directions of play after White’s humble early pawn advance. So it will be well worth studying Emanuel Berg’s analysis of these games, Wei Yi vs. Ding Liren and Veselin Topalov vs. the eventual finalist, Peter Svidler.
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