Saturday, July 28, 2012

Spassky - Fisher, 1972

As an example game of the Modern defense with 4...Bg4 I just have to use the game between Boris Spassky and Robert James Fischer played during the world championship of 1972 in Reykjavik.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Fianchetto Variation

The following game between Andrei Sokolov and Jan Hein Timman from 1987 is a nice illustration of the Modern defense without 4...Bg4.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Modern Variation

I'll use the game Nigel Short  - Vlastimil Hort, 1986 as an illustration of the Modern variation of the Alekhine Defense. The Modern Defense starts with the moves 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 and is the most frequenly played variation.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Exchange Variation

In the Exchange Variation of the Alekhine Defense White trades pawns and goes for a more realistic space advantage. In Wikipedia it's described as accepting a more modest spatial advantage than in the Four Pawns Attack. However this immediately forces Black to decide how to recapture the pawn, but only 5...exd6 seems to be solid. I won't even describe 6...Qe6+ and only show a little bit about 5...cxd6, that became impopular due to the Voronezh Variation.

Let's have a look at the game Leko - Ivanchuk, 2007

Friday, May 4, 2012

Two Pawns Attack with 5.Bc4

In Openings for Tactical Players: Alekhine Defense Gregory Serper tries to destroy the Alekhine. It's a nice article that starts by wondering how an opening can be good for Black if it allows White to occupy and control the center while bringing out his pieces as quickly as possible.

The opening he proposes is 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. c5 Nd5 5. Bc4, a variation known as the Two Pawns Attack with 5.Bc4.
The article gives some examples in which it's easy to win for White, but this was caused by the mistakes made by Black. It clearly shows that Black has to be careful, because the Alkhine is full of landmines, as Gregory calls these mistakes. But this is also the case for White. The Alekhine is an opening for fighting players and loses balance right from the start.
The exercises in the article mentioned above demonstrate this very clearly. I'll advice to have a look at them, but don't let them stop you playing the Alkehine.

Now let's see how to avoid the traps in this variation.

The example game is Angel Angelov - Ruben Popov played in 1972

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chess Game Viewer

For the replayable games on this site I use the Chess Game Viewer from the Chess Publishing blogspot site. It's a free and easy way to publish chess games on a blogspot site without dependence on other sites.

It's possible to change the board color and the chess set, but at the moment I'm still using the default chess set. I have changed the board color in something that fits with the template. Later on I may select something that I like even more.

The Chess Publishing site explains and demonstrates a lot of other possibilities of this chess game viewer. Have a look at their site if you are interested.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Four Pawns Attack, Korchnoi Variation

Geller - Korchnoi, 1960

In this post I am going to give an example of the Four Pawns Attack. The Four Pawns Attack starts with the moves 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 and the main line continues with 5...dxe5 6.fxe5 Nc6. However I'll not start with the main line. An interesting sideline is 5...g6, of which an interesting opening analysis can be found at Jeremy Silman's site.
The example game below continues with 5...Bf5 of which one of the most interesting variations is named after Viktor Korchnoi: the Korchnoi Variation.