[July 22, 2018] Dusted Off: Opening Survey by GM Vadim Zvjaginsev
April 2017 Revisited: The Leningrad Dutch with 7… Qe8 8. Re1 (10. Ng5!?)
After GM Daniele Vocaturo successfully followed our main line recommendation in F. Sonis – D. Vocaturo, Ortisei 2018, it seemed like a logical idea to revisit this article. While this opening line might not be the most fashionable one, some top-tier engine games have kept it theoretically relevant over the past few years. However, top level grandmaster clashes remain the most important games in this variation: B. Gelfand – P. Svidler, Jerusalem (rapid) 2014, S. Mamedyarov – A. Grischuk, Baku 2014 & E. Bacrot – V. Ivanchuk, Ashdod 2015.
[Diagram: Black to Move] White is a pawn down, but Black’s light-squared bishop is hanging, and his rook on a8 is doomed. Should Black capture on f3, or he would be better off trying something else?
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