Arkhangelsk – GM Adrian Mikhalchishin

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Arkhangelsk Variation - GM Adrian Mikhalchishin
Archangelsk Variation – GM Adrian Mikhalchishin

The Ruy Lopez represents one of the oldest and best openings for the first player, and everyone going for the Spanish game with Black faces the question of how he wants to tackle the white ideas.

One of the more aggressive fighting methods is the move order 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 Bb7. Which was developed in the early sixties by players from the north Russian town of Archangelsk and has carried this name ever since.

Later, the variation was intensively analyzed by players from Lviv – among them Mikhalchishin and Beliavsky – and applied in tournament practice.

Arkhangelsk Variation - GM Adrian Mikhalchishin
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In the second half of the seventies, it gained great popularity for the first time. In the Archangelsk Variation, Black defines the position of this queen’s bishop early on with 6. … Bb7 in order to exert pressure against the opponent’s center, in particular, the point e4.

White must decide whether he protects this pawn solidly with 7.d3 or goes for the unfathomable complications after 7.c3 Nxe4. Another option is 7.Re1 Bc5 8.c3 d6 9.d4 Bb6, which is closely related to the Moller System.

The experienced trainer and Grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin is an outstanding connoisseur of these variations, the ideas of which he goes on to explain in nearly five hours of video playing time.

Grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin
Grandmaster Adrian Mikhalchishin

About the Author:

Adrian Mikhalchishin, a Grandmaster since 1978, is currently among the top 5 world trainers and FIDE Trainers Committee Vice-Chairman.

He trained the team of the USSR in the 1980s, national teams of Slovenia, Poland, and the Netherlands, and was the trainer of Anatoly Karpov (1980-1986). He also trained Zsuzsa Polgar, Alexander Beliavsky, Maja Chiburdanidse, Arkadij Naidich, and Vasily Ivanchuk.

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Minimum: Dual Core, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8.1, DirectX11, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9, ChessBase 14/Fritz 16 or included Reader and internet access for program activation.

Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 10, DirectX11, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive, and internet access for program activation.

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