Other Blog Posts 2013-03-06
Two interesting games from yesterday’s TWIC 956 are covered.
The Grunfeld is a perpetual headache for 1.d4 players. Schandorff proposes the Russian System(5.Qb3) in Play 1.d4: The Indian Defences(Quality Chess 2012) so Grunfelders need to be well prepared for all the nuances.
Howell goes with a super-refinement, 8.a4 against the sharp Hungarian variation which is now catching on. White had a typical massage going but blundered a piece. It’s not clear how Howell won as the final position is clearly winning for black.
Analysis shows that the 8.a4 still holds some promise and the value of the game is not lost.
Howell,D (2634) – Plat,V (2452)
Grunfeld Russian System 7..a6 8.Qa4[D97]
4NCL 2012–13 Staverton ENG (5.111), 23.02.2013
White to Play
The 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 kingside restraint method of defending the English attack remains the hot trend. This idea is analyzed thoroughly in The Sharpest Sicilian 2012(Chess Stars 2012).
White went all out for the attack with 17.g4 but one inaccuracy was enough to lead to a collapse of the kingside.
Fuchs,Ju (2292) – Popilski,G (2518) [B90]
SI Najdorf 6.f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 h5(B90)
29th Open Cappelle la Grande FRA (1.53), 23.02.2013
Black to Play