[Dusted Off] A New Opening Survey by GM Borki Predojević:
Pianissimo or Painissimo? – Italian Game, Giuoco Pianissimo with 8. a4!?
We’ve been witnessing a rise in popularity of the Italian game for quite a while, and it even became almost fashionable at the highest level (e. g. even the World Champion Magnus Carlsen played it himself in Wijk aan Zee a month ago). It seems that there are many options worth investigating, and a lot of uncharted territory worth exploring.
Our editor GM Predojević believes that 8. a4!? is not the most pleasant move to face over the board, so it’s no wonder that it’s a part of his own opening repertoire.
Today’s preview brings a position from a computer engine game. Black wants to exchange the queens, so White has to act quickly if he wants to fight for advantage.See more
[Feb 10, 2016] Updated Opening Line by GM Vadim Zvjaginsev:
QGD: Ragozin Variation with 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. e3 [Line 252]
We all know the famous Nimzowitsch punchline that “the threat is stronger than the execution,” but to decline capturing the bishop on c3 twice in a row is nothing short of a stroke of genius!
[Feb 09, 2016] NEW UPDATED OPENING LINE
Updated Opening Line by GM Aleksandar Kovacevic:
Najdorf Sicilian, English Attack with 6… e5 7. Nb3 Be6 8. f3 Be7 [Line 499]
Well, at first glance it looks like “sacrifice first, think later,” but it turns out that Black’s “madness” is fully justified 😉
[Feb 08, 2016] NEW UPDATED OPENING LINE
Updated Opening Line by GM Borki Predojevic:
QGD: Tartakower Variation with 8. Be2 [Line 263]
When it comes to their opponent’s weaknesses, computer engines have a particularly unforgiving nature…
[Feb 07, 2016] NEW UPDATED ARTICLE
Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
August 2014 Revisited: Modern Benoni, Fianchetto Var. (15. e4!?)
Navara’s experiment against GM Rozum was good enough for a blitz game, but today’s preview brings an important novelty that casts doubt on the objective quality of his overambitious plan.