28.505 (games played between February and April 2017)
Video training: In the English variation 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 the reply 6.a3 has developed from being a side variation to the frequently played move. The principled reply 6…d5 had already, to the great of astonishment of Adrian Mikhalchishin, been played back in 1902. The Ukrainian grandmaster acquaints you with some subtleties in this line.
Andrew Martin demonstrates how important it is to get your opponents out of their preparation and immediately put them under pressure. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov tried to do so with 3.Bg5 – not a Trompowsky, nor a Grünfeld, but after a few moves it was more like a Dutch on the board. Black – in any case Fabiano Caruana – was able to solve the opening problems very well, but in the long run the full point did go to White. o White.
Robert Ris shows you the classical game Geller-Euwe (Candidates tournament 1953). Efim Geller sets up a violent attack, but Max Euwe defends with several brilliant moves and at the end switches over to a successful counter-attack.