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[July 10, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
June 2015 Revisited: Sicilian Defense, Keres Attack with 7… h6

In the originally published version of this article our game of the week was V. Anand – M. Vachier-Lagrave, Stavanger (m/3) 2015, one of many fine examples of the great Indian’s incredible attacking prowess. This update does not bring such high-profile games, but new games from correspondence tournaments and engine rooms are nevertheless very fine additions and important contributions to modern opening theory.

[Diagram: White to Move] A. Linkov – T. Kain, corr. 2015. The diagrammed position shows a scenario that’s quite typical of this line: Black is playing a waiting game, hoping to launch a counterattack if his opponent’s pawn advance becomes too committal. Our suggested improvement for White is very human in its nature: its starts with subtle adjustments, followed by a direct pawn push that initiates a promising kingside attack.

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[July 3, 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 and correspondence games, and the most important addition is another game played by Wei Yi – this time against his compatriot Wang Yue.

[Diagram: White to Move] C. Sandipan – M. Sanchez Ibern, Caleta 2013. The diagrammed position shows the critical moment in the above mentioned game: white pawn on e5 is hanging, but Black pieces seem uncoordinated, and his king is somewhat exposed. What is the best course of action for White?

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[June 26, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Aleksandar Kovačević:
July 2015 Revisited: Sicilian Najdorf, English Attack

In the original article our game of the week was a memorable one: D. Navara – R. Wojtaszek, Biel 2015, where white king’s extraordinary march all the way to h8 brought him a spectacular win. We have now updated the survey with several theoretically important over-the-board and correspondence games, but the most important addition the discovery that Navara’s incredible plan was actually flawed!

[Diagram: Black to Move] The diagrammed position shows the critical moment in the above mentioned game: white king is dangerously close to the enemy camp, so Black has to find a way to cut off his opponent’s pieces, to make sure they cannot come to the rescue of their monarch.

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[June 19, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
March 2015 Revisited: Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense with 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3

In the original article our game of the week was P. Svidler – M. Ragger, Baden-Baden 2015, where White scored a rare top-level win in one of the main lines of the Berlin Defense. We have now updated the survey with several theoretically important over-the-board, correspondence and engine games, and the most important addition is on move 14, where a new interesting try 14. Qd1!? was seen in two elite level games: F. Caruana – A. Giri, Moscow 2016 and M. Vachier-Lagrave – V. Anand, Leuven (rapid) 2016.

[Diagram: Black to Move] The diagrammed position comes from a game between two recent versions of Stockfish. Black has to do something about his opponent’s pressure on the kingside, and prevent f4-f5, before it becomes too late.

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[June 12, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Aleksandar Kovačević:
July 2015 Revisited: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation with 6. h3 e5

In the original article our game of the week was F. Caruana – W. So, Dortmund 2015, where Black managed to create excellent counterplay. We have now updated the survey with several theoretically important over-the-board, correspondence and engine games, and it seems that this variation remains a reliable choice for the players of Black, as they generally don’t seem to have many problems equalizing in this line.

[Diagram: Black to Move] The diagrammed position comes from an analysis from the game P. Karthikeyan – P. Darini, Al Ain 2015. Black has to do something about his opponent’s pressure on the queenside, and save his hanging pieces before it becomes too late.

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[June 05, 2016] Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
February 2015 Revisited: Queen’s Indian Defense, Nimzowitsch Variation with 7. d5

In the original article our game of the week was H. Nakamura – P. Harikrishna, Caleta 2015, where Black managed to equalize comfortably. We have now updated the survey with several theoretically important over-the-board and engine games, and it seems that this line has become a reliable resource for the Indian super-GM, as he also had no problems in his recent game from the Gashimov Memorial: T. Radjabov – P. Harikrishna, Shamkir 2016.

[Diagram: Black to Move] R. Wojtaszek – P. Lékó, Reykjavík 2015. Black has to do something about his opponent’s pressure on the d5-pawn, before it becomes too late – a great example of Lékó’s deep opening preparation.

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