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[September 18, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Aleksandar Kovačević:
January 2016 Revisited: Sicilian Defense, Paulsen Variation: Bastrikov Variation

Our original main line of this variation stems from A. Morozevich – I. Bukavshin, Moscow (rapid) 2015, a marvelous tactical masterpiece by the former World No. 2. New theoretically important developments have appeared ever since, so it was only natural to update this more or less fashionable line.

[Diagram: White to Move] The diagrammed position had originally appeared in R. Edouard – A. Neiksans, Drancy 2015, and what followed was probably still a part of the French grandmaster’s deep opening preparation. Can you follow in his footsteps and seize a considerable advantage as White?

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[September 11, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
October 2015 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.

[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’s pieces lack of coordination.  

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[September 4, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
September 2015 Revisited: Bishop’s Opening with 7. Qxd2

After Chinese prodigy Wei Yi mesmerized the world with a stunning queen sacrifice against his super-GM compatriot Ding Liren, this offbeat line suddenly gained in popularity. This update brings several new successful outings for the players of White, including a top-level one: N. Short – D. Anton Guijarro, Madrid (rapid) 2016.

[Diagram: Black to Move] Raubfisch ME 262  – Komodo 9.02, Internet (blitz) 2016. What seemed like another uneventful balanced game among the top engines could have turned into a barely defendable position for White had Komodo had more time to calculate more deeply… Can you find the hidden attacking plan for Black?

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[August 28, 2016] Updated Opening Articles by GM Boris Avrukh:
Pick of the Week: March/July/October 2015 Revisited

This time three articles have been updated, and we recommend the following three theoretically important key games:

Open Catalan Defense with 5… c5: B. Gelfand – Lu Shanglei, Moscow 2016

Caro-Kann Defense, Short Variation with 5… c5 6. Be3: L. Aronian – E. Tomashevsky, Berlin 2015

Sicilian Najdorf, Adams Attack: Stockfish 7 – Stockfish 7, Internet 2016

[Diagram: Black to Move] Stockfish 7  – Stockfish 7, Internet 2016. White’s bishop pair will soon become unstoppable if Black does not act quickly. Any ideas?

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[August 21, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
May 2013/September 2015 Revisited: Slav Defense with 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5

This is the second updating of this line, which seems to offer the players of Black nice practical chances, in spite of the theoretical verdict, which is quite clear: White has the upper hand, but proving it requires extremely accurate play deep into the middlegame.

[Diagram: Black to Move] A. Kveynis  – D. Šolak, Reykjavik 2015. Black’s compensation for the sacrificed pawn is obvious, but can he push for more?

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[August 14, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Borki Predojević:
February 2016 Revisited: Italian Game, Giuoco Pianissimo with 8. a4!?

This line is so hot that we had to update it just two weeks after the previous update. The most recent theoretically important game in this line is V. Anand – W. So, Saint Louis 2016, but this variation would be incomplete without multiple contributions from our trusty silicon friends. Let’ take a look:

[Diagram: Black to Move] Toltec 2 – Stockfish 310316, Internet (blitz) 2016. In the aforementioned line Black has to use his bishop pair to create some compensation for his opponent’s extra pawn. Exchanging pieces is thus usually in White’s favor, so Black has to quickly do something in the diagrammed position, before his opponent succeeds in his plan. Sacrificing bishop on h2 seems tempting, but after Kh1 there are too many Black pieces left hanging. Is that the right course of action for Black, or he should try something else? 

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