Vladimir Vulfson

How does a chessplayer study forcing variations in the opening Let me tell you about my own experience of working on the Dragon Variation of the Sicilian. Bobby Fischcr once said that in this system 'weak players even beat Grandmasters', since White's strategy is very simple and logical. There arc indeed serious difficulties that Black has to watch for, but Dragon players try to make up for this by knowing the theory and the standard devices better than their opponents. When playing this...

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Analysis showed that it is hard for Black to realise his advantage, but even harder for White to draw. 55 Sf2 The sealed move. d6 b3 58 & c6 (58 2f3 c4+ and 59 xb2) 58 kil. or 57 2f4+ < fcc5 58 2f2 > c4+ 59 & e6 b4 60 ab+ & xb4 61 < & d5 b3 62 2f3 > xb2. A more stubborn defence was probably 58 d6 & b3 59 & c5 > c4 60 2d4 xb2 61 2b4+ 3 xa3 62 2xb5. operation, the black king must help to drive the white king further away.

Boris Zlotnik

The quest for what is new is the prime demand of the human imagination. Defining in aphoristic form the essence of the three phases of a chess game, Rudolf Spicimann wrote 'In the opening, a chessplayer is a book in the middlegame, an artist in the endgame, a machine.' In chess as in life, the ordinary and prosaic undoubtedly bulks larger than the extraordinary and the artistic. However, even in the opening -and still more in the endgame - there is of course a place for creativity. One of the...

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11 d5 5e7, as in the third game of the return match. By this time your hand should be reaching out automatically to play U amp xe5 Konstantinopolsky then gives 12 Wxd8 SaxdS 13 b5 xf3 14 gf a5 with equality . It will astonish you to learn that Tal chose ll.JSteeS . After 12 e2 We7 13 b5 Sfd8 14 ' amp c2 a6 15 gt xd6 cd. he was at a noticeable disadvantage. An important prophylactic move, the point of which becomes clear if we consider the variation 8 a3 dc 9 amp xc4 9 xh7 9 d6 10 c4 c5. Now...