Pinp ti i

Wanting to keep a pawn on b4 is sensible Given the opportunity White will hit Black's centre with a timely d3-d4 or e4xd5, which is why Kosic elected to undermine his opponent's influence on the d4-square 10 axb4 II cxb4 Wc7 12 Ab2 Se8 (12 dxe4 13 dxe4 b5' 14 > b3 ib6 15 Wc2 5ja4 dnves the bishop back, though 16 Acl followed by Acl-e3 and flei-cl to monitor the backward c-pawn and the c5-square is more pleasant for This refreshing approach is another example of the efficacy of a change of...

Wbt

A standard position White is content to bring out his pieces, Black is solid Of course if he makes the mistake of trying for no more for too long, Black runs the risk of being pushed off the board Some players who are attracted to the Ag4 variation have difficulty knowing when to step up a gear or which plan to undertake when the time does come Here are a few sample lines a) 10 2c8 11 Wei c5 12 sh4 Wb6 13 We3 , Portisch-Ivkov, Amsterdam 1970, is slightly better for White, eg 13 d4 14 Wei f&...

Gmd

White commands the light squares even without his bishop The d-pawn contributes to the bind by guarding the key squares c5 and e5, leaving Black almost lost for a move that does not open the floodgates He would like to defend the d5-square with 20 but this neglects e5 and thus invites 21 < > e5, homing in on c6 Having suffered the minor humiliation of seeing his opponent help himself to three useful, menacing moves free of charge, Tone knows that White is ready to graduate to a more...

Fcf

Jansa's own suggestion, 19 b8, has been waiting a long time to be tested at the top level It was eventually given an outing in Akopian-lonov, El Vendrell 1996 but, 26 Bg8 (1 hope you all saw 26 gxf67 27 Axf6 mate) 27 Wf2 Bge8 28 Wf6 Bg8 29 Wf2 Bge8 30 < S xg2 Bxe4 31 T6 Bg8 32 *c3 Be2+33ig3 1-0 20 Wxf4 Against Keene's 19 lxf4, which Akopian believes is Black's only move, the Armenian star had prepared the improvement 20 2xd8' 21 *f2 Axg3+ 22 ixe2 Baxd8 23 Slxg3 with a clear advantage to White

Info

Not 20 Wxdl 21 Wxc7 Wxc2 22 Axg7 Axf5 23 2xf5 with a won game for White 26 exf5 and White's bishops are stronger than a rook The plan of developing the king's bishop on d6 and the knight on e7 is designed to keep out of harm's way, enabling Black to attack on the queenside 1 & f3 dS 2 g3 Ag4 3 Ag2 c6 4 0-0 )d7 5 d3 e6 6 lbd2 Ad6 7 Wei White does not have to move his queen away from the dl-h5 diagonal although he must subsequently exchange a couple of minor pieces The game Damljanovic-lCosic,...

W

If 30 g5 had been played instead of 30 e3 the sacrifice would be much less potent because now White would be able to play 34 gxf6 . 35 Itg8 is an interesting alternative. when Black has pressure down the g-file. It is understandable that Black seeks to regain material, but he risks returning the initiative. White's minor pieces are too powerful. The game ended After the scare caused by 30 JLe3 White is once again in command. The immediate threat is h6, but alt of White's pieces are aimed at the...