[October 22, 2017] Updated Opening Article by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
September 2016 Revisited: Ruy Lopez, Flohr-Zaitsev Variation with 11… cxd4
This line can occasionally be seen even at the top level, which makes this update all the more interesting as it contains several important contributions from the best engines that reveal significant improvements on grandmaster-level games, as well as some top-tier games, most notably including V. Anand – S. Mamedyarov, Moscow 2016.
[Diagram: White to Move] The diagrammed position can be found in our analysis of a last year’s game between two good WGMs: D. Ciuksyte – I. Bulmaga, Reykjavik 2015. Our article features an important improvement for White, and the key point lies in the next move: although it seems that White has to choose between two reasonable recaptures on e5, there is actually a third possibility that makes great use of the black pieces’ lack of coordination.
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