[December 25, 2016] Dusted Off: Opening Survey by GM Dragan Paunović:
May 2015 Revisited: Trompowsky Attack with 2… Ne4 3. h4 c5 4. dxc5 Qa5+  

This update is a small tribute to our late colleague GM Dragan Paunović. In memory of our dear friend, our Editorial Board will keep updating his lines and articles.

From Hodgson to Rapport, the Trompowsky Attack has been a source of inspiration for creative chess minds. This update continues to showcase some, often borderline extravagant, but always innovative ideas for both sides, including the input from our trusty silicon friends.

[Diagram: White to Move] Black has stopped the first wave of White’s attack and is now ready to chase away his opponent’s pieces and seize the initiative. How can White rekindle his attack and create good practical chances?

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[December 18, 2016] Pick of the Week by GM Boris Avrukh:
August 2016 Revisited: Closed Catalan Defense with 7. Ne5, 9. Na3 & 11. Qd2 

After the original key game W. So – H. Nakamura, Saint Louis 2016 many good players had followed suit, so we have decided to update the article with recent developments in this line.

[Diagram: Black to Move] Black had major difficulties defending his pawns in E. Iturrizaga Bonelli – J. Schroeder, London 2016, so passive approach might not have been the best approach for him. Any ideas on how to proceed as Black?


[December 11, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
September 2015 Revisited: Grünfeld Defense, Russian Variation with 7… Be6 8. Qd3

In the original article our game of the week was a clash between two Grünfeld Defense titans of the modern era: P. Svidler – Wei Yi, Baku (m/3) 2015, where we suggested an interesting improvement for Black. We have now updated the survey with several theoretically important over-the-board games, but our verdict basically remains the same: Black has reasonable counterplay, yet it typically requires very accurate responses to various opponent’s plans.  

[Diagram: Black to Move] The diagrammed position comes from an analysis of a recent game S. Manush – P. Vishnu, Abu Dhabi 2016. White is only a castling away from securing his material advantage, so Black has to act quickly. Any thoughts?

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[December 04, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Borki Predojević:
February 2016 Revisited: Italian Game, Giuoco Pianissimo with 8. a4!?

Well, this line is obviously so important for the modern opening theory that this is its third update after it was originally published in February 2016. This update has it all: top-tier games (A. Giri – E. Tomashevsky, Moscow (blitz) 2016), elite battles from the Olympiad (R. Mamedov – C. Balogh, Baku (ol) 2016) and, as usual, theoretically important engine games (Komodo 10 – Stockfish 210616, Internet (blitz) 2016).

[Diagram: Black to Move] It is quite clear that the diagrammed position is about equal, but it’s Black who’s on the suffering side due to his weakened pawn structure. How can he avoid a long-term grind and equalize in a convincing manner?

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[November 27, 2016] Busted: Opening Survey by GM Slaviša Brenjo
Ruy Lopez, Keres Variation with 15… Rb8

The World Chess Championship Match certainly casts a big shadow, but that doesn’t mean that interesting games are not played elsewhere. German Bundesliga usually brings highly combative encounters, and Inarkiev’s revenge for his loss against Svidler at the Russian Individual Superfinal has brought the game line to our editor’s attention.

While it’s generally surprising to see a super-GM of Svidler’s caliber forget his preparation and misplay the post-opening phase so badly, the truth is that the entire variation is extremely dangerous for Black.

[Diagram: Black to Move] Y. Solodovnichenko – A. Delchev, Mulhouse 2011. Black has to act quickly, or White will storm his kingside after g5. Any ideas?

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[November 20, 2016] Updated Opening Article by Boris Avrukh:
April 2015 Revisited: Queen’s Gambit Declined/Catalan Crossover with 10… O-O

Our previous installment of this article mainly focused on over-the-board and correspondence games, but this time computer engines have all the fun – not unlike comparing the rather uneventful World Chess Championship Match between Carlsen and Karjakin with the concurrent TCEC Stockfish 8 – Houdini 5 slugfest with 9 decisive games so far.

[Diagram: White to Move] The diagrammed position comes from an analysis of recent engine game between two Stockfish clones. At first glance, it seems that White’s initiative is long gone and that his position is falling apart. However, White has one last trick up his sleeve…

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