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16.Be2 Ng7 17x5 dxc5 I&h5 Nb4 19JWc4 29*4 RO 3O.Re3 Qg4 31.Ndl R3f6
#13 GM Alex Khalifman-GM M. b6 2O.Nxe5 Bf6 21J4 Bxe5 22ixe5 Qxe5 32.Reel Qd4 33.Re4 Qd3 34.R4e3 Qg6
Adams, Grooingen 1991 23.Qd2 Ne8 24.Rh3 Ral 25.Rdl Nd6 35*4 Rf4 36.Rg3 R8T7 37Ji5 Qc2 38.Qh3
l.d4Nft2x4e63JVGBb4 + 4.Bd2Qe7 26.Qb2 Rfa8 27Bfl Qb5 28.Bxh3 QxhJ Kh8 39.Ne3 Qxb3 40*5 Qxa4 41*xb6
5*3 Nc6 6.Nc3 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 Ne4 8.Rcl d6 29.Qe2 Na2 30JSxa2 R8xa2 31.Bb2 gxh6 42.Ng2 R4f6 43.Qg4 Qe8 44.Nh4
9.Bg2 Nxc3 10.Rxc3 e5 ll.di Nb8 12.O-O Rxdl f 32.Qxdl Nxe4 33.Qe2 OC5 34.Re3 Qg8 45.Qd7 Rg7 46.Rxg7 Qxg7 + 47.Khl
O-O 13.Nd2 a5 14x5 Na6 15xxd6 cxd6 Ra4 35.Qc2 Rc4 36.Ra3 Rd4 37. Bxd4 cxd4 Ng8 48.Qd8 Qg4 49.Ng6 + Kg7 5O.Rgl
16J4c4 Qd8 17*3 b5 18JW2 Bd7 19.Qbl 38.Rd3 Nc5 39.Rd2 Qxd5 4O.Re2 Kg7 QbJmate
b4 20*xb4 axb4 21.Rccl Nc5 22.Ne4 BfS 41.Qb2 Nd3 42.Qc2 Nc5 43.Qn2 Na4
23.Rc4 b3 24.Qcl Bxe4 25.Bxe415 26.Bg2 44.QM Nc3 45.Rd2 NxbS 46.Qe7 c5 #20 IM Gia Georgadze-IM Alex
Qa5 27 Ji4 Qb5 28.Qc3 Na4 29.Qb4 Qxb4 47.RG d3 48.Qf6 + Kg8 49.Qf4 Nd4 Yermolinsky, World Open 1991
3O.Rxb4 Rlb8 31.Rxb8 Rxb8 32.Rbl Rc8 5O.Qb8+ Kg7 51.Qxb6Ne2 + 0-1 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7
33.Bh3 g6 34x4 Rc2 35.Ral Nc5 36.exfS 5*3 Ng6 6.Bg2 Bb4 7.Qc2 O-O 8.Bd2 d6
Rxb2 37.fxg6 hxg6 38.Be6+ Kf8 #17 F. Inumerable (2194)-IM Georgi 9A4 Ne7 10*3 BXC3 11.BXC3 b5 12xxb5
39.Ra8+ Ke7 0-l Orlov, National Open 1991 Nfxd5 13.NO Nxc3 14.Qxc3 Rb815*4 a6
I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4*3 d6 16.Rcl axb5 17.Qxc7 Ba6 18.Qxd8 Rfxd8
#14 GM Elisbar Ubilava-IM Georgi 5.Nc3 Be7 6x4 O-O 7.Be2 e5 8.d5 Nb8 19.Rc7 Rb7 2O.Rxb7 Bxb7 21*xb5 Rb8
Orlov, Belgrade 1988 9.h3 c610.Be3 aS ll.O-O Na6 12.b4 cxd5 22.O-O BxD 23.BxO Rxb5 24.Rdl d5
I.d4 Nfc 2x4 Nc6 3.NG e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 13xxd5 Bd7 14.b5 Rc8 15.Na4 Nc7 25.e3 f5 26.Rd2 KH 27.KH Ke6 28.Kel e4
5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Nxg3 16.Qbl Na8 17.Nd2 Ne8 18.Nc4 Bg5 29.Be2 Rb7 3O.Rc2 Kd6 31J3 Nc6 32.KC
9.hxg3 g4 10.d5 gxO Il.dxc6 fre2 19.Bb6 Qf6 2O.Bxa5 Rxc4 21.Bxc4 Qg6 Ne5 33.Rd2 Rb4 34.fxe4 fxe4 35*4 h6
12xxd7+ Bxd7 13.Bxe2 Bc6 14*3 Bc5 22.Khlf523.Bd3 f424.D Qh625.Qb2 Nf6 36.Rc2 Rb3 :?.Rd2 g6 38.Rc2 g5 39.hxg5
15.Rh5 Bd4 16.Nb5 a6 17.Nxd4 Qxd4 26.Kh2 Bh4 27.Bel Bg3+ 28.Kgl g5 hxg5 4O.Rd2 Kc5 41.Rc2+ Nc4 42.Bxc4
18.Rdl Qf6 19.KJ1 Rd8 2O.b4 Rxdl + 29.Nc3 Qh4 3O.Qd2 Rc8 31.Ne2 Kf7 dxc4 43.Ke2 Kb5 0-1
21.Qxdl Qc3 22.b5 axb5 23xxb5 Bd5 32.Bxg3 fxg3 33.f4 exf4 34.Nxf4 gxf4
24.BO Bb3 25.Qbl Bc2 26.Qa2 Bg6 35.Rxf4 Qg5 36.Rxf6 + QxflS 37.R/1 #21 SM Larry Remlinger-IM Georgi
27.Rh4 Qcl + 28.Ke2 O-O 29.Qd2 Qxa3 Qxfl+ 38.Kxfl Nb6 39.QT4 + Ke7 Orlov
4O.Qg5 + Kf741.Qxg3Ke742.Qg5+ Kf7 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7
3O.Bxb7 Qc5 31.Bc6 h5 32.KH e5 33.Kgl
43.Qh5 + Kf6 44.Qh6 + Ke5 45.Qg7 + 5x4 Ng6 6.Be3 Bb4 7.Bd3 Bxc3 + 8.bxc3
Qe7 34.BO Rd8 35.Qc3 Rd3 36.Qc4 Rd2
d6 9.D O-O 10.Ne2 Nd7 ll.Qd2 b6 12*3
37. Bxh5 Qf6 38.Qc5 Bxh5 39.Rxh5 Rdl + KT4 46.KC1-0
Nc513.h4 f514.Bxc5 bxc515.h5 Ne716.h6
4O.Kh2 Rd2 41.Qxc7 1-0
g617.Qg5 fxe4 18.fxe4 Nc619.Qxd8 Nxd8
#18 IM Jeremy Silman-IM Georgi 2O.Rbl NH 21.Kd2 Ba6 22.Rb3 Rib8
#15 GM L. Dzandzgava-GM A. Orlov, Western States Open, Reno 1991 23.Ncl Rb6 24.Ke3 Bc8 25.Be2 Bd7
Goldin, World Open 1991 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 e6 3*3 Bb4 + 4.Bd2 Qe7 26.Kd2 Ng5 27.Ke3 Kf8 28.Nd3 Ke7
I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.NO Bxd2 + 7.Nbxd2 d6 8x4 29.NQ Rf830.Nd3 Rib831.Ra3a632.Ra5
5.Bxf6 Qxf6 6.Nc3 g5 7x3 Bg7 8.Bd3 d6 e5 9.d5 Nb8 10.b4 O-O ll.O-O c6 12.Nel Bc8 33.Rh4 Rbl 34.Bg4 Rfl 35.Bxc8 Rxc8
9.O-O Bd7 10*3 O-O U.Rcl Qd8 12.d5 a5 13*3 cxd5 14xxd5 Bd7 15.Nd3 Bb5 36.Rg4 Nh3 37.Ke2 Rcf8 38.Rxa6 g5
Ne7 13.dxe6 fxe6 14.Bbl Be8 15.Nd4 Qd7
16.Nce2 Bg6 17.Bxg6 Nxg6 18x5 dxc5
16.Qb3 a4 17.Qc2 Nbd7 18.Rfcl Qd8
19.Bfl Qb6 2O.Nb2 Bxfl 21.Kxfl Qd4
39.Ra7 Kd7 40*4 Rgl 41*5 Rg2 +
42.Kel Rf3 0-1 The MEXICAN DEFENSE
19.Rxc5 b6 2O.Rc6 Ne5 21.Rc2 c5 22.Nh3 22J3 Rac8 23.Qxc8 Rxc8 24.Rxc8+ Nf8
Qa4 23.Necl Rad8 24.Qe2 g4 25.Rdl h5 25.Rc2 b5 26.Rel g5 27.Kg2 h5 28.Ndl #22 Nick Raptis (1900)-IM Georgi
26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.Rd2 Rd5 28.Rxd5 exdS Qd3 29.R&2 g4 30.NC Qc3 31 Jxg4 Nxg4 Orlov, G/30, Portland 1991
29.Qdl Qc4 3O.Nd2 Qb5 31.Qc2 Qd7
32.Ne2 Qf7 33.Ng3 c4 34.NI5 Nd3 35x4 b5
32 JSxg4 hxg4 33Ji3 gxbJ + 34.Kxh3 Nh7
35.Kg2 Ng5 36.KG Qc8 37.NG Nh3 +
1x4 Nf6 2^c3 Nc6 3.d4 e5 4.ND exd4 ("The Black Knights Tango")
5J4xd4 Bb4 6*3 d5 7.Bg2 O-O 8.O-O
36.Nfl dxe4 37.Nle3 Qf6 38JI4 a6 39.Ng3 38.Kg2 Qg4 39.Rd2 Nf4 + 40.KJ2 Nh5 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 c5 10.Qh4 d4 ll.Nd5 Nxd5
Qxb2 4O.Qxb2 Nxb2 41*xb5 axb5 41 .Rc2 Qxg3 -I- 42.Ke3 Nf6 43.Rgl Ng4 12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13.Bxd5 Bh3 14.Rdl Be6
42.Nxe4 b4 43.KH Bh6 44.Nd5 Nd3 45*3 0-1 15x4 Bxd5 16xxd5 b5 17*3 Ba5 18.b4 transpositions : ECO A50 (main) Qp game, E33: Nimzo/ind.classical line,
KT7 46.Ke2 Ke6 47.Nb6 Nb2 48.Nc5 Kd6 Bb6 19.bxc5 Bxc5 2O.cxb5 Rxd5 21.Rd3
49.Ne4 + Kc6 5O.Nc8 c3 51.Ne7 + Kd7 #19 IM S. Savchenko-IM Alex Be7 22.Be3 Rxb5 23.Bxd4 Rd5 24.Radl
E04: catalan , E51: Nimzo/indian with 4.e3
52.NI5 c2 53.Nc5 + Kc6 54.Nb3 cl = N + Yermolinsky, World Open 1991 Rad8 25.R3d2 Bxa3 26.Ral Bb4 27.Bc3
55.Nxcl Bxcl 0-1 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7 Bxc3 28.Rxd5 Rxd5 29.Rxa7 h5 3O.Kg2 published by ICE (int'l chess enterprises) 1997, ASIN 1879479036
5*3 Ng6 6.Bg2 Bb4 7Bd2 O-O 8x3 d6 Rd2 31.Ra4 Bd4 32.Ra8+ Kh7 33.Rd8
#16 GM Lubomir Ftacnik-IM Georgi 9.Nge2 a5 10.O-O Nd7 11x4 Nc5 12.Be3 Rxf2+ 0-1
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I.d4 Nf6 2.ND e6 3x4 Nc6 4*3 d6 16.Qd2 Bxe3 17.Qxe3 Nc5 18.Ne4 Bxe4
5.Nc3 Be7 6x4 O-O 7Bd3 e5 8.d5 Nb8 19.Bxe4 Nxe4 2O.Qxe4 b6 21.Rael RT7
9.Nd2 a5 lO.Rbl Na6 ll.O-O g6 12.b4 22Ji4 Qd7 23.Qg2 Raf8 24.Nc3 h6 25.b3
axb4 13*xb4 Nh5 14*3 Bh3 15.Rel Qe8 Ne7 26.Re4 RO 27.Re3 R3f7 28.Re4 R/6
Yucatan Press
Introduction (several blitz games and one tournament
TABLE OF CONTENTS game which transposed into a Bogo-ln-

art One: A) 3.d5 p. 2 T he purpose of this monograph is to

introduce chessplayers to the inter-
esting and sharp opening play
dian Defense, one of the transpositional
possibilities of The Tango), plus many
International Masters, Masters, etc.
The Center Grab resulting from the line I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6. There are several reasons that I have
The Black Knights Tango is among the come to believe in the line. Some of them
Here White plays far the all-out win, few openings which give Black a chance
hoping to refute the Black Knights are sporting, and some are chess-related.
to fight for initiative from the very begin- First of all, the line is virtually unknown
Tango at once. Play is sharp, resem- ning of the game and I feel it has been
3img at times an Akkhine's Defense, to most players. Your opponent often
unfairly neglected by theory. starts thinking for a long time after move
wkh Black squeezed for space bet with 1 have played this line for almost six
aB his pieces having good squares. two! Even if he solves all the problems of
years in tournaments at normal time the opening, he may suffer from a time
limits, game/30, and blitz. The results
shortage in the middiegame. With time
Part Two: 8) 3.g3 p. 4 have been very good. As I recall, I have
controls getting faster and faster, this is
lost only three tournament games while
The Solid Fianchetto Line very important.
, winning a couple of dozen. By any stand-
Secondly, original play starts right
White chooses the solid plan of a ard this is a great result with the Black
pieces. away. There are lots of undiscovered
[King's Fianchetto, retaining a lot of op*
1 was introduced to The Tango in 1985 possibilities and opportunities for
tions but allowing 3...e5, Black's kej
central break. when 1 came to live in the city of Kishinev, original play and that's one reason why
the capital of the small republic of Mol- people like to play chess in the first place.
davia (one of the 15 former Soviet The Tango is rich in both tactical and
Part Three C) 3.Nc3 p. 6 republics). 1 was working full-time as a positional play, as well as maneuvering
The Fluid 3Nc3 chess coach at a local school and I did not and improvising. Because a game may
have enough time to keep up with modern transpose into so many different systems
White develops while keeping the
theory. After having some opening (from the Nimzo-Indian and Bogo-In-
tension high. The position is very fluid
troubles while facing I.d4 in several tour- dian to the Dutch and in one case even the
wkh both sides having the options of
naments, I started looking for a solution. King's Indian!), you never get bored by
different plans. Original play figure;
Fortunately, 1 met a strong player and playing the same type of position every
very prominently here. Black choose;
great chess coach named Viacheslav time you face I.d4. Also you don't have
3~.eS as his center break.
Chebanenko (who numbers several to memorize lines 25-30 moves deep as in
Grandmasters and International Masters other openings.
Part Four D) 3.NI3 p, 10 among his former students), who cap- Another benefit of this monograph is
tured my attention with l.d4Nf6 2.c4 Nc6. that a player can gain some under-
The Main Line with 3.NB Several of his students (mostly expert- standing of several chess openings from
White tries to put astop to 3. -e5 while level players) had played the opening one source! The only shortcoming I know
planning the 4.d5 center expansion. with respectable results but nobody took about this line of play is that you have to
Transpositions are likely here will. it too seriously.
be flexible, and ready to play all of the
Black having the greater say in channel! I had a very strong tournament coming above-mentioned systems. This does not
ing the game into paths of his choice up (the Semifinals of the (1986 USSR mean that you have to study all these
Many opportunities abound for origii Championship) and I thought this line
openings if you want to play The Tango,
play by both sides. would be a perfect opening surprise.
for only certain transpositions are pos-
When I got the chance, I played The
sible and they will be covered in this work.
Tango against Michael Krasenkov, a
strong Master (2450 FIDE back then, For players who like to play blitz chess,
GM nowadays). After having a little The Tango gives amazing chances even
problem in the beginning of the game, I against much stronger opponents, be-
developed an attack but missed a winning cause with five minutes on the clock it is
move and the game was drawn. I made a very tough opening to face, even for a
Soviet Master in that tournament! That Master. The same thing may also be said
experience convinced me that The Tango about rapid chess (game/30 etc.). For
would be a good opening choice for me those of you who will decide to include
and I have played it ever since. The Tango in your repertoire, I recom-
Here are some GMs 1 have played I.d4 mend practising it in speed chess for some
Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 against: Yasser Seirawan time because some positions are very un-
(two 30-minute games), Michael Rohde usual and take a while to get used to.
(1-hour game), Alexey Dreev, Lubomir
Ftacnik, Elisbar Ubilava, Joel Benjamin Georgi Orlov, International Master
Carlos Torre (1905 - 1978),
inventor of the Mexican Defense
The Black Knights This opening, which has given excel- steps. I believe White has four choices: 13.Nd4 or 13.Rg5 winning the Black
Tango lent results to its pioneering practitioners, !? b)4.Nc3 c)4.Qc2 d)4.b3?! Queen. Black has to play 12...Bb4
can transpose into the Nimzo-Indian, with the idea of having ...Qe4+ as an
by IM Gcorgi Orlov Bogo-Indian, the King's Indian Defenses a) escape. Now 13.Qd4 renews the
or lead into original middle-game posi- 4e4!?
tions. Most of the time at Black's discre- threat again. Here 13...Bxc3 +
Part One Continuing to grab as much space as 14.bxc3 h6 saves the Queen but the
tion. What is this opening that puts YOU

T he Black Knights Tango is an open-

ing which has thus far managed to
evade the microscopic scrutiny of
in the driver's seat? None other than the
possible. The text is White's most natural
follow-up to his third move. The e-pawn
is indirectly protected, for if 4...Nxe4?,
then 5.0d4 wins a Knight.
Black pieces are not active. These
lines convinced me that Black must
have something better and after some
modern theoreticians. Even the En- searching I found 9...Bb4 + !!
cyclopedia of Chess Openings fails to give 1.d4Nf6 2.c4Nc6!!
it the smallest mention. The move 4...Ng6 was criticized in the
Most opening books these days do not tournament bulletin of Baden-Baden
explain to the average chessplayer why 1925 by Toledo Velasco, who recom- White has reached a winning posi- This final position is typical of the cen-
this or that move has actually been played mended 4...e6 as best. His comment was tion but Saemisch was a notoriously ter grab lines. White has space, but Black
but give a lot of variations instead. The reinforced by Jacques Mieses (1865- slow player who once lost on time at has good piece play. I evaluate the posi-
drawback of this kind of opening 1954) in the Leipziger Neue Nachrichten move 13! White's time trouble im- tion as dynamically equal.
"knowledge" is simple: when the op- based on the line: 4...Ng6 5.f4 e6 6.Bd3 parts a certain weirdness to the rest of b)
ponent plays a move which has not been exd5 7x5 Ne4 8.cxd5 Qh4+ 9.g3 Nxg3 the game.
analyzed in the book many players get 10.Nf3 Qh5? ll.Rgl Nf5 12.Rg5, winning 14...Bc515.Be3 d6 16.Bxc5 dxc5 17.Nc3 4.Nc3
confused and have no idea what to do a piece. Bf5 18.Bg2 O-O-O 19.g4? Bc2!? 20.Rcl
A positionally solid approach. It is no
next. I will try to explain why things are But why 10...Qh5? After 10...Qh3!? Bb3 21.Ne4 b5
secret that it is impossible to win a chess
done according to my understanding of ll.Rgl Nh5 12.Bfl Qf5 Black is very game with pawns only so White wants to
chess. much alive. Furthermore Black has an give some piece support to his advanced
GM Joel Benjamin, in his July 1991 excellent reply in 9...Bb4! +, which will be army.
Now White has to choose between a)
article in Chess Life, attributed this open- "In our day, many strange things hap- covered below. 4...e6
ing to the American player Alexander pen," noted the German chess magazine 10.Nd2, b) 10.Bd2 or c) 10.Nc3 because
Nonetheless, 4..x6! given by Toledo Capturing the c-pawn is very risky for
Kevitz (1902-1981) and to the Yugos- Deutsche Schachzeitung back in 1925! 10.Ke2(fl) is trashed by 10...Nxg3 +.
Velasco does seem to be more precise. Black. For example: 4...Nxc4 5x4 Nb6
lavian Master Mihajlo Trajkovic; but no a) 10.Nd2. This eventually loses to
This provocative idea by Black is in The game continued: 6x5 Ng8 7.Nf3 d6 8. Bb5 + Bd7 9x6!
games played by these players were given. reality quite simple. Black develops his 10...Nxg3 ll.Ngf3 Qh5 12.Rgl Nxf4.
5f4 e5?! 6.f5 Nxe4? gives White a strong initiative.
In the tournament book of the Baden- Knights and White is asked what he in- b) 10.Bd2 Nxg3 ll.Nf3 Nxf4!! A
5.e4 exd5 6.cxd5 Bc5 7.Be2
Baden 1925 Tournament, translated and tends to do with his pawns. Will he try to problem-like situation! If 12.Nxh4,
published by Jimmy Adams, we dis- "punish" Black by 3.d5 or will White then 12...Nxd3 mate! Also hopeless is
covered the original name given this choose simple development? When con- 12.Bxb4 Nxd3 + 13.Qxd3 Qxb4 +;
opening and the player who first played fronted with the choice, White almost al- 12.Bfl! is the only move and after
it. ways tries the latter, as the traps resulting Draw agreed!?? 12...Ng2 + 13.Bxg2 Qe4 + 14.Kf2
The Black Knights Tango was from 3.d5 can lead White into immediate A crazy game that raises a lot more Nxhl+ 15.Bxhl Qxd5 the position is
originally called The Mexican Defense! danger. Part One is devoted to the 3.d5 questions than answers! In my view the very sharp and interesting.
The first practitioner was none other center grab. Black e5-Knight is ideal so why should c) 10.Nc3 Nxc3 ll.bxc3 Bxc3+ 12.Bd2
than Carlos Torre, the most famous Black move the dancing horse if he isn't Bxd2 + 13.Qxd2 Qe7 14.Nf3 d6 and Black
player Mexico has ever produced.
Having played it, however, he soon
forced to? It's important not to do is fine.
Back to the main continuation.
White's work for him! Let White create
dropped the line and enriched theory in One of the main ideas behind this pawn weaknesses!
other areas, most notably The Torre At- opening, borrowed from Alekhine's
tack (1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5). (Carlos Defense, is to provoke the White A piece sacrifice designed to confuse 1.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.d5 Ne5 4.e4 e6
Torre is most remembered for his bril- pawns forward and then attack them. White has to rein in his ambitions. If
White. Instead of the sacrifice, Black has 5.f4
liant Queen sacrifice which scored him This can be seen clearly after 3.d5, the 7.f4, then 7...Neg4 invites Black to a party
a much superior choice in 6...Bb4+, This move brings to mind the line in the
a fine victory over then World Cham- most obvious attempt to punish the that White is unprepared for. And 7.h3
when White has a space advantage but Alekhine's Defense: 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5
pion Emanuel Lasker in Moscow, two Knight moves. But 3.d5 neglects d6 8.f4 Ng6 9.Nf3 Qe7 10.Bd3 O-O
nothing concrete. 3x4 Nb6 4d4 d6 5.f4 and White fails as
1925.) development. ll.Qe2 Nh5 counterattacking the f4-
7.QD! often as he succeeds in punishing Black pawn is good for Black.
Since other Mexican players haven't The best. This move was doubtlessly
taken up the torch of the Mexican for his brave play. 7...d6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.Nxe5
A) 3.d5 overlooked by Black. Less convincing is 5...Ng6 6.Bd3 exd5 7.exd5
Defense, this no-name opening has lan- Good for Black is 9.O-O Re8 10.Qc2
This move was played in the pioneer 7.6xg6 Qh4 + 8.g3 Nxg3 9.gxf7+ Kxf7 As already noted, 7x5 Ne4 8xxd5
guished, rarely getting even an game Saemisch-Torre, Baden-Baden, Nfg4! with fine piece play.
10.hxg3 Qxhl ll.Qf3 + Qxf3 12.Nxf3, Qh4+ 9.g3 Nxg3 10.Nf3 Qh3 ll.Rgl 9..dxe5 10.O-O h6!
honorable mention. I hope to change 1925. which gives White a smaller edge. Nh5! is unclear, e.g. 12.Bfl Qf5 Black has emerged from the opening in
that by first highlighting the defense 3...Ne5
with a catchy name. Thus The Black 7...Bb4+ 8.Kdl! Qh4 9.g3 Qg4 13.Bd3 leads to a draw. Even more fine shape.
The position has already become a tac- 10.Qxg4 Nf2+ ll.Ke2 Nxg4 12.h3 Nf6 crazy play arises after 12.Nc3 (instead 7...Bb4+ 8.Bd2 Qe7+ 9.Kf1 Bxd2 c)
Knights Tango!
tical land mine. White has to take careful 13.fxg6 hxg6 14.a3 of 12.Bd3). Now White threatens 10.Qxd2 Ne4 I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.d5 Ne5 4.Qc2
4.Qc2 White resigned. Huge material losses Bishop, White undercuts his chances for Both sides are finishing their develop- to play ...f7-f5 expanding the f8-Rook's
This Queen move covers the important are inevitable. For instance, the follow- an opening advantage because of lack of ment and now Black has to commit to horizons with some attacking chances in-
l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.d5 Ne5 prospects for his fianchettoed Bishop and some plan. Playing for the dark squares volving ...f5-f4 later on, but if now
squares c4 and e4 but neglects develop- ing beautiful line was pointed out by NM
ment and cannot be considered as a 4.b3?! Black's control of the dark squares. seems quite logical and also important to 10...Ne8? White plays 11.h4 and if 11...f5
Michael Franett. 9.0 Nf2! The brave
serious threat to Black's position. Knight jumps into the enemy's camp! 5...Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 stop White's queenside attack with b2-b4 then 12.h5 Ne7 13.h6 g6 14.Ng5 and Black
4...e6 10.Kxf2 Ng4+ ll.Kg3, a desperate jour- and c4-c5. Therefore: is in trouble on the kingside.
ney but ll.Kel loses to ll...Ne3, winning 9...Nd7!? 10.O-O a5 11.e4 Nc5 10... Ne4!?
the Queen. ll...Bd6+ 12.Kxg4 Qf4 + The Knight has ascended to his perfect Attacking the Bishop and preparing
13.Kh3 Qh6+ 14.Kg4 f5 mate! square. ...f7-f5 at the same time. This also con-
12.Nel f5 tains a drop of poison. If ll.Nxe5? to
Black has managed to achieve a King's meet ll...Nxe5? 12.Bxe4 Nxc4 by
Indian pawn structure and the 13.Bxh7 + Kxh7 14.Qc2+ and Qxc4,
Part Two: B) 3.g3 counterplay that goes with it minus the Black has a nice reply in ll...Nxf2! Now if
The Solid Fianchetto Line usual dark-squared Bishop liability. I like 12.Rxf2, 12...Nxe5 gives Black a great
Black's position. position. The same holds after 12.Nxf7
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.g3 e5 4.d5 Bb4 + Rxf7 13.Rxf2 Rxf2 14.Kxf2 Qf6 + 15.Kgl

Probably the weakest move. The

shortcoming of this try is that White's
T he lines in Part One showed that
after 3.d5 Black has at least fair
counterplay and real chances to ex-
In Pupols-Orlov, Oregon Open 1991,
White wants to keep his Bishop since
ploit White's extended center. But my
In Akhsharumova-Sheremetieva, position becomes vulnerable to various White tried 6.Nxd2 and I replied 6...Nb8 having two of them is the main idea be-
experience has been that 3.d5 is the most
USSR 1984, BlacK tried 4...Ng6?! but tactics on the a5-e1 and a1-h8 diagonals. preparing for dark-square play. (6...Ne7 hind playing 5.Nd2 in the first place.
unlikely choice from White. Faced with
after 5.Nc3 e5 6.e3!, with the idea of h2- There are two games that have been deserves equal attention as the Knight on 11.h4 is not so powerful here: ll...Nxd2
an opening for the first time, most players
h4-h5, White was clearly better. Once played with this line. The first one was e7 supports ...f7-f5. Here is a sample line: 12.Qxd2 h6 (it is important not to let a
are afraid of falling into a trap. They
again the importance of waiting for White played between Frank Marshall and Car- 7.Bg2 d6 8.Ngf3 O-O 9.O-O a5!? Always pawn get to h6) 13.h5 Ne7 14.Nh2 (stop-
glance at a few wild variations and quickly
to kick Black's prancers is revealed. los Torre on a ship while traveling from move on to more solid continuations. an important move in these kinds of posi- ping ...Bg4, as 14.Nh4 Bg4 15.Bf3 Qd7 is
5.e4 b5!? Europe to America in 1925 and was pub- What could be more solid than fianchet- tions since it prevents b2-b4. 10.e4 good for Black) 14...a5. Black wants to fix
lished by a Latvian chess magazine. toing a Bishop? Part Two focuses on the Nd7!?-going to c5. Black has a the queenside. 15.b3 Nf5 16.e3 Bd7. Play
An excellent gambit possibility which
Torre played here: line: reasonable game.) seems to be equal here.
gives Black a strong initiative with the
purpose of destroying White's advanced Back to Pupols-Orlov: 7.e4 d6 8.Bg2 11...f5
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.g3
center. There are strong positional Another try, 5.ND, was played in Bal- Na6 9.Ne2 Nc5 10.O-O a5. After giving
reasons in favor of 5...b5!? Black has al- mazi-Orlov, G/30, World Open 1991. away his King Bishop, Black tries to get a
ready developed two pieces and ...Bb4 + After 5...Nxf3+ 6.gxf3 exd5 7xxd5 hold on some dark squares. White now
and ...O-O is a matter of one second, so Bb4 +, White lost a pawn and eventually plays to exchange the c5-Knight: ll.Nc3 With 5.Nd2 White wants to win the two
Black's development is much better. Ac- the game. The best here is 5.dxe6 fxe6 O-O 12.Nb3 b6 13.Nxc5 bxc5 14.Qd3 Bishops and is willing to spend some time
cording to basic principles of strategy the 6.Nf3 Nxf3 + 7.gxf3 but after 7...Bb4 + Bd7. Now Black plans to double his on the project. This is more promising
best way to take advantage of that is to 8.Bd2 a5 Black stands better because Rooks on the b-file and force White to than 5.Bd2 but I think that Black's chan-
open the game and so Black does. I am White's pawn structure is quite com- play b2-b3 when by playing ...a5-a4 he will ces for an equal game are good because
convinced 5...b5!? is best. promised. create a serious weakness in White's in a closed position Knights are no worse
5...Bb4+ 6.Nd2?? pawn structure. 15.f4 Qe7 16.Racl Rfb8 than Bishops.
Also possible is the quiet 5...Bc5 6.Nc3
d6 7.Be2 O-O with a reasonable game for I presume that the tactical genius Mar- 17.Rc2 Rb4 18.h3. White has no good 5...Ne7 6.Nf3
Black. shall was suffering from sea-sickness, active plan because an attack with f4-f5 Grabbing the two Bishops at once with
6.dxe6 fxe6 7.cxb5 Bb7 8.Nc3 Bb4 9.f3 otherwise he would have played 6.Nc3. can easily be stopped with ...h7-h6, ...Nf6- 6.a3 Bxd2 + 7.Bxd2 d6 8.Bg2 O-O 9.Nf3
d5 l0.exd5 exd5 l l . B d 2 d4 However, after 6...Ne4 7.Qd4 Nxc3 h7, and ...f7-f6. 18...Rab8 19.Rff2 h6 Ne4! 10.O-O f5 results in equality. Black has adequate counterplay for
8.Bxc3 Bxc3 + 9.Qxc3 Qf6 Black has no This continuation hasn't been seriously 20.Ndl?! This is only helping Black. 6...Ng6 the two Bishops. As you probably have
reason to complain. tested in competition but nevertheless 20...Ba4 21.b3 Bd7 and Black was fine. Not falling into the transparent trap noticed, Black sometimes achieves a
6...Ne4 8.Bcl Qf6 deserves attention. The main drawback 6...Ne7 7.Bg2 d6 8.Nc3 O-O 9.Nf3 6...d6?? 7.Qa4 +, winning a piece. Dutch Defense-like pawn structure
of White's solid approach is that it allows 7.a3 (pawn chain d6, e5, f5), but unlike the
Black to strike with 3...e5, favorably White would overreach with the Dutch, here White does not have a
resolving the center dispute. dubious idea 7.h4? e4! 8.Nd4 e3! 9.fxe3 serious initiative in the center or on the
3...e5 4.d5 Bb4 + Ne4, when Black has a marvelous attack. queenside. Basically, by playing 3.g3
Now White has two choices: A) 5.Bd2 With the text, White gains his coveted two White shows that he does not want to be
and B) 5.Nd2. Bishops. involved in a theoretical opening dispute.
7...Bxd2+ 8.Bxd2 d6 9.Bg2 O-O
A)5.Bd2 10.O-O
Again both sides have finished their
This line is less ambitious than 5.Nd2. development and Black faces some dif-
White just wants to finish developing his ficult decisions. A typical plan with ...a7-
The gambit has worked out well. Black pieces the most natural and fastest way. I a5 and ...Nf6-d7-c5 will not work here
has good counterplay for the pawn. because of b2-b4. It is important for Black
feel that by trading his dark-squared
prancer severely limited. Black can still has really only one idea behind it and
Part Three: White 4.d5 5...d6 6.Bg2 g6 7.ND Bg7 8.O-O O-O
try to fight with 7...Bb4, when the out- cannot promise White any advantage.
Allows 3...e5 In Seirawan-Orlov, Seattle, G/30,1991. Leads to a main line Kings Indian.
come of the opening is unclear, but in this Beset with a new problem, Black rose
Yasser played: 4.dxe5 Nxe5 5.e3 Bb4 Importantly, this option of a KID is
line I have to give White a small plus. For to the occasion.
The Fluid C) 3.Nc3 6.Bd2 O-O 7.a3 Be7 8.NG 66 9.Be2 Be6 Black's choice. Available practice with
that reason, most players are advised to 5...Neg8!!
10.b3 Nxf3+ ll.BxB d5 12.cxd5 Nxd5 5.g3 contains two games played by IM
transpose to the KID by: This idea belongs to the Moldavian
P art Three deals with White's fun-
damental dilemma, which Knight to
develop first, the Queen's Knight or the
13.Qc2 c6 and the game is absolutely
Alex Yermolinsky in which he side-
stepped the KID line cited above and
6*4 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.O-O O-O Master Viacheslav Chebanenko, as do
many other original opening ideas. Now
After 4.Nf3, the game transposes into continued 5...Ng6!? with original play. I
King's? Part Three examines 3.Nc3 in the Bishop is unlocked and the Knight has
a variation of the English: I.c4 e5 2.Nc3 introduced Alex to the Tango during
detail, covering a lot of interesting changed his route, killing the purpose of
Nf6 3.NB Nc6 4.d4, which theory con- some opening preparations at the 1991
ground. Don't be too dismissive of this siders equaJ. h2-h4. How about development? Both
treatment by White, as you might land in World Open. He played it twice and won sides have developed only one piece but
Let's take a look at the game Raptis- both games against strong Russian
hot water very quickly! Orlov, Portland, G/30, 1991: 4...exd4 the advanced White pawns will soon re-
Ld4Nf6 2.c4Nc6 Masters! quire close attention.
5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.g3 d5 7.Bg2 O-O!?
C) 3.Nc3 Black does not have to defend the d5- Analysis Diagram 6*3 a6
Savchenko-Yermolinsky, World Open
square! Very original opening play. Black
1991: Let's stop for a moment to analyze
8.O-O Nxd4 9.Qxd4 c5 10.Qh4 d4 prepares a way back for the King Bishop
I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7 what's going on. After 11 moves Black
I decided to go for the endgame as because 6...Bc5 is met by 7.Na4! 6...a5
5.g3Ng6!?6.Bg2Bb4 has castled and built a strong position in
10...dxc4 is met by 11-Bg5! also deserves consideration. White has
One of the most important ideas of the the center, while by comparison White
ll.Nd5 Nxd5 12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13.Bxd5 some choice here: a) 7.ND, or b) 7.e3.
Tango is the fast development of all your has made many pawn moves, won the two
Bh3 Even though you have been "tricked" a) 7.NO Ng4!
pieces! Bishops but neglected kingstde develop-
Also a good move. Now if 14.Bxb7 into playing into the diagrammed posi- Another move against all the "rules"
7.Bd2O-O8.e3 ment. Therefore Black has strong posi-
then 14...Bxfl 15.Bxa8 Bxe2 and the d- tion, take heart! Think of how many of but the Knight feels comfortable on g4
I don't understand this move since if tional reasons to open up the game.
pawn makes all the difference. the normal challenges to the KID that because there is no h2-pawn! Along with
White wants to achieve anything he has to It is necessary to mention that Black
H.Rdl Be6 15.e4 you've been able to avoid. Perhaps your that, Black prepares ...f7-f5 and ...Ngf6,
play e4. also has the quieter Il...c6 12.dxc6 (12.e4
I was prepared to meet 15.Bxb7 with opponent doesn't even play the Classical plus he sets a little trap: 8.e4?? Bc5!
8...d6 9.Nge2 a5 cxd5 I3.cxd5 Ng4 followed by ...f7-f5 gives
15...Rb8 and now if 16.Ba6? then 16...Rb6 line against the KID. Perhaps be'd prefer 8.e3 f5 9.Be2 N8f6
The move ...a7-a5 is important for Black strong kingside play) 12...Nxc6
17.Bb5 a6 18.Ba4 Bxc4 and Black is on to play a Saemisch, a Four Pawns Attack, Black is okay because he has easy
Black. It prepares a way back for the 13.Nf3 Be6 14.b3 h6 leading to equal
top. or an Averbakh System. Much like development and clear play. For in-
3.Nc3 is undoubtedly much more ag- Bishop in face of a2-a3, expands a Rook, chances for both sides.
15...Bxd5 16.exd5 b5 and Black was you, he has also been tricked into the stance: 10.Qc2 d6 ll.Ng5! Qe7 12X3 Nh6
gressive than B) 3.g3. White shows his and makes ...a5-a4, fixing the queenside, 12.cxb5
fine. diagrammed position. Use this to 13.Bd2 g6 14.O-O-O Bg7 15.Kbl Bd7
readiness to jump into sharp lines against a possibility. 12.b3 creates a weak pawn after
On 4.e3 exd4 5.exd4 d5, or 4.dxe5 Nxe5 your advantage! You can specialize in with dynamic equality.
The Tango. 5.e4 Bc5, in both cases Black has an easy 10.O-O Nd7! 12...bxc4 13.bxc4 and an excellent square one King's Indian line and almost as- b)7.e3
This way of attack is better prepared game. Another important reply. The Knight for Black's Knight. For instance, 13...&5!? suredly be better prepared than your op-
than A) 3.d5 and White captures a lot of unlocks the f-pawn and then goes to c5 14.e4 (14.ND Bf5) 14...Nd7 15.Ne2 Nc5 ponent.
space in all lines but there is something in where it influences both the center and 16.O-O f5 and Black has a great game. White has another interesting alterna-
Black's favor. In a King's Indian type of the queenside. 12...Nfxd5 13.NB tive:
pawn chain he does get to trade his often H.e4Nc5 12.Be3 Now Black wants to get all pieces off
I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7
"bad" dark-squared Bishop tor White's It was too late to play 12.a3 here. After the hl-a8 diagonal and open the b-file for
Knight on c3 (which protects e4) and 12...Bxc3 13.Nxc3 a4! 14.Bc3 Nb3 15.Rbl his Rook. C) 5.h4!?
often with damage to White's pawn struc- Bd7, Black has an easy game. 13...Nxc3 14.Qxc3
ture. Plus there are no lines here like 12...f5 I3.exf5 Bxf5 and Black has Of course, 14Ng5 is met by 14...Bf5.
those in the KID where White keeps un- achieved excellent play. 14...Rb8 15.a4 a6! and Black has the
pleasant tension in the center while main- better game.
taining a pawn on d4. I have had great In Georgadze-Yermolinsky, World After A) 5.g3, Black has the option of
practical success with the Black pieces in Open 1991, White tried to improve with choosing a main line KID or playing
this line. 7.Qc2 instead of 7.Bd2 but after 7...O-O originally. The move 5.g3 isn't very forc-
3...e5 8.Bd2?! (8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 d6 10.NB ing and is unlikely to cause Black any real This move lets Black's dark-squared
Black takes advantage of this oppor- [ 10.e4 a5 11.b3 c6 12.Ne2 cxdi 13.cxd5 a4! trouble.
This is the key position for Part Three. Bishop out, so it is not as good as 7.ND.
tunity to break in the center. Black can gives Black a good game because he takes I.d4 NP6 2.c4 Nc6 3JMc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7
White has four major alternatives: A) 7^Bc5 8.b4 Ba7 9.NO d6, intending
also take his share of the center in a very control of the c-file and his light-squared B) 5.NO
5*3, B) 5.NG, O 5Ji4, and the main line 10...Ng4,11..J5 and 12...N8f6, Sedrakian-
different way with 3...d5. which leads to a Bishop gets the good diagonal e8-a4. plus This move is more troublesome. Now
transposition into the Chigorin Variation Sosonkin, USSR 1986. Black's position is
White falls behind in development] Black is obligated to go into one of the
of the Queen's Gambit. WTiile this may After 5.g3 or 5.Nf3 play could easily This approach was played in Gorniak- perfectly satisfactory.
10...a5 Il.b3 Ne4 12.Qc2 f5 with main lines of the King's Indian
or may not be your cup of tea, it is an lead into the King's Indian complex. counterplay for Black) S...d6 (8...c6!? was Chebanenko, USSR 1984. The idea is to
5...d6 This brines us to the main line of Part
indication of the versatility of the Black A) 5.g3 more aggressive) 9.h4? (White does not Now this move seems mandatory.
meet 5...Ng6? with t>.h5, forcing the
Knights Tango. White has to be prepared Here Black has a choice between going develop his pieces! Better is 9.a3 Bxc3 Knight to dance once more. Now Black
for a lot of different opening salvos, while 5...Ngt> is very risky because of 6.h4!. I.d4 NP6 2x4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7
into one of the main lines of the KID or 10.Bxc3 Bd7, which leads to roughly equal has to dramatically change his plans to
Black gets to call the shots. when t>...h5 is strongly met by ? Bgi! in- D) 5.e4
the independent line 5...Ng6!? play) 9...Ne7! 10.a3 Bxc3 ll.Bxc3 b5! make h2-h4 less useful. This pawn push
tending S.e3 and 9.Be2, leaving the gt>-
Black would be better anyway.
Larry prepares aggression with h2- 14.J5 15.O-O fce4 16.fce4 Bh3
14.Bb2 Be3! 15.Qxd8 Rfxd8 16.Rdl
h4-h5, but I don't have weaknesses 17.Rxffi +
there! Shahade tries to lessen the pressure by
Falling into a little trap but the game
12~Nc5 13Ji4 trading pieces but lack of the hl-Rook in
was already difficult for White.
This move is out of contact with reality the area is very significant.
17-Rxffi 18.Qd2? Qxa2! 19.Rbl??
as White has no chance to succeed with 16~Nf4 17.Nxf4
Qxbl + 0-1
this plan. Doesn't change a thing. If 17.Ncl,then
White's plan with c4-c5 takes too much
13^1514.Bxc5 bxc5 15JJ5 Ne7 16.h6 g6 17...Rxdl+ 18.Nxdl Bxcl 19.Bxcl Ral
time and Black has an easy game.
17.Qg5 and Black wins.
Continuing his "attacking" strategy. In the two examples cited above 17...exf4 18.e5
Here 17.O-O-O was necessary. White's doubled queenside pawns were A desperate try.
17~be4 18.fxe4 Nc6! terrible. Let's see someone stop the plan 18,.,Nd5 19.Nxd5 Rxd5 2O.Rxd5 Bxd5
Forcing White into an endgame be- of 6...Bb4 and ...Bb4xc3. In Shahade- Nothing can prevent ...Ra2.
White has captured a lot of space with cause if 19.0d2, then 19...Na5 with Orlov, World Open G/30, White 0-1 A stormy pawn move that is not really
5.e4, trying to play by classical opening threats like ...Ba6 and ...R. prevented ...Bb4: dangerous because of counterplay on the
principles (if you have a chance to estab- 19.Qxd8 Nxd8 2O.Rbl Nf7 I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7 As bad as the above game was, White a7-gl diagonal and the possibility of
lish a centerdo it!), but he weakens his Black has a large advantage and won 5,c4 Ng6 6^3 had a far greater disaster in Erion-Orlov, developing some pressure against the e4-
dark squares. Again, Black has a choice handily. Portland 1991, where 6.Bd3 was tried: pawn by playing ...Bb4.
between playing a normal King's Indian As we saw, 7.Bd3 didn't work out so 6...h5 7.Bg5
with ...d7-d6 and ...g7-g6 or trying to play well. 7.B was played in Spiller-Orlov, III) 6.Bd3 White tries to play all over the board.
on the dark squares. I like the latter op- U.S. Open 1991. The danger of such play is that Black can
tion. counterstrike somewhere in between International Master Georgi Orlov
I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d5 Ne7
5...Ng6 5.e4 Ng6 6.Be3 Bb4 7J3 White's outspread army.
After 7.Nf3 Bc5 8.Bg5 c6 9.Qc2 Qa5 Black's position is full of counterchances.
Surprisingly, my praxis is full of games
10.Bxf6 gxf6, Black's activity fully com- In general 3.Nc3 leads to very original and
from this position. Let's look at: I) 6.Be3,
pensates for the structural weaknesses in interesting play. Attempts to punish
II) 6.a3, III) 6.Bd3, and the most
dangerous move IV) 6.h4!? his position. Black (especially with h2-h4) can be suc-
7~Bc5 cessfully neutralized. There are a lot of
I)6.Be3 Unfortunately the "normal" 7...Bb4 options for an original player to exercise
would be met by S.Rcl but Black should his or her tactical abilities and plenty of
not complain. The Bishop has plenty of possibilities for adventurous players to
work on the a7-gl diagonal. come up with new ideas. As for myself, I
Typical. White prevents ...Bb4 but
8.Be2 like the idea of Nc6-e7-g6, concentrating
now Black can take over the a7-gl-
pieces for kingside play. Considering the
6...a5?! first three parts together, Black proved
A natural move which protects the
tactically and positionally that the idea of
Not the best. The text prevents b2-b4 e4-pawn and prepares Nge2 in case of
but the a7-gl-diagonal is more important. I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 is as good as any other
...Bb4. Black's counterplay remains the opening scheme.
This pawn move is a bit better than I was mistakenly afraid to play 6...Bc5!? same as before the Bishop goes to c5,
7.Bd3 as after ....d7-d6 White has to play because of 7.b4 Bd4 8.Nge2, but what I Now we move to Part Four which is
..d7-d6, ...a7-a5, ...O-O and maybe later most challenging and crucial for The
fl-Q anyway in order to prevent ...Nf6-g4, missed was 8...Nxe4!!, hitting f2 and c3 ...c7-c6.
plus it gives White a chance to get rid of and after 9.Nxe4 Bxal 10.Bg5 f6 ll.Bxf6 Tango because 3.ND does not seek im-
6~Bc5 7.Nge2?? mediate tactical victory but seeks to get a
the weak c-pawn. But then Black benefits gxf6 12.Qxal f5, Black's superiority is ob-
While trying to place all his pieces har- positional edge and slowly capitalize on
from the open c-file. vious.
White tries to prevent ...Bc5 and plans moniously, White misses a cheapo! it. Black has to be patient in these lines
7~Bxc3+8J>xc3d6 9x5 7.Rbl?
to build a strong Saemisch-like center but 7~Ng4!8.O-OQb4 0-l but ready to counterattack at any mo-
White rids himself of the weak pawn on My opponent missed 7.Be3 d6 8.O and
he gives Black a chance to damage his Huge losses are inevitable. ment. There are a lot of transpositions
c4. White would be clearly better.
pawn structure. This was first played 9-.O-O 10*3?! Of course, 7.Nge2?? was a horrible possible, so your mind has to be quite
7~Bc5 8.b4 axb4 9.axb4 Bd4 10JSJge2
against me in Remlinger-Orlov, San blunder, but even after the better... This is a critical position. White has flexible. One thing is for sure, you never
A dangerous mistake. The developing c5!?
Francisco 1991. moves 10.Bd3 and Ne2 were necessarv. 7.NOd6 8.O-Oa6 played consistently and is prepared to get bored! Good luck!
Trying to hold on to d4.
6-BM! 7.Bd3 Bxc3 + 8J>xc3 d6 9J3 10.-Nd7!? The dark-squared Bishop is a very capture the h5-pawn, b u t . . .
The position that has resulted relates As usual, the f6-Knight frees the f- valuable piece in Black's plans so it has to 8~c6!
Suddenly White's position looks very
to both the KID and the Nimzo-Indian. pawn and goes to c5! be preserved and Black prepares a way It turns out to be inedible! Now,
suspicious. Black has developed almost
Black's plan is to castle, play ...Nf6-d7-c5, Uxxd6cxd6 back for the Bishop in case of Na4. 9.Bxh5? Rxh5! 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 ll.Qxh5
all his pieces, controls the a-file, and has
support with ...b7-b6 and then break with Black's game is easy: his d7-Knight gets 9J3O-O Qxf2 + is good for Black.
tangible pressure on White's center.
...f7-5. If White plays c4-c5, Black con- his perfect square, the Queen Rook gets Another possibility is 9...h6 with the 9.Nh3 d6 10*3 Bd4
12J3 Be6 13x5 O-O
centrates his pressure on the c-file. play on the c-file and the other Rook will idea ...Nh7-g5 playing on the kingside. In Black is better.
After 13 moves(!) Black has developed
Saemisch-like play with h2-h4 and g2-g4 have the f-file after ...f7-f5 is played. all his pieces and among the various either case Black has a fine game.
is met by ...Ng6-f4. ll the above lines are not forced, of
9-.O-O 10JSe2 Nd7 ll.Qd2 b6 12^3
12.Bd3 Q5 13 J4e2 Nc5 14.Bc2
He should castle instead.
threats has ...b7-b6. Now White should
have played 14.Bd2, but after 14...b6 IV)6Ji4 A course! Our goal is to show that

8 9
12~Ne7 13.dxe6 fxe6 14.Bbl White forgets about developing his
Part Four D) 3.NI3 for White's Bishop, or a Knight; If White takes a pawn with U.Qxd6 D3) 4.Bg5 White has prepared everything for a pieces. The logical ll.Nbd2 was better.
2) after exchanging the dark-squared then ll...Oa5 12.Bd2O-O! and ...Nf5.
Qdl-c2 attack but Black has not been ll...Nxe5 llBxcS c6 13.a4?!
The Main Line Bishop to play ...d7-d6 and ...e6-e5, Black ll_Nc6!? I did not like here Il...d5
I was prepared to play ...a5-a4 and then
gives room to his light-squared Bishof/ 12.Bg5 Nc613.Qh4 and if 13...Qe7 then wasting time.
I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 14...Be8! 15.Nd4 Qd7 16.Nce2 Bg6 ...Qd8-b6 developing some pressure on
and builds a positionally healthy center. 14.Kfl!
D) 3.NO The danger on the bl-h7 diagonal has the queenside. The text prevents this but
3) if White then closes the game by 12.Qxd6 Qe7+ 13.Qxe7 + Kxe7
been neutralized. Black has control over gives away the b4-square.
d4-d5, Black has the traditional method 14.Ba3 + d6 15.O-O-O Be6
the f-file and the dark-squared Bishop 13...Bb4!14Bf4Qb6
of counterplay in ...f7-f5. Barring this, Also possible was L5...Rd8, fortifying
will be making a difference soon. White faces serious problems getting
Black has another plan in ...a7-a5, ...Nb8- the d6-pawn.
Now back to the main alternatives after the Knight out He decides to get back to
a6-c5 along with ...c7-c6. Sometimes Black, with his material advantage,
Ld4Nf6 2.c4Nc6 3.NDe6. cl.
Black can even combine both plans. stands better. This was confirmed in
Frog-Orlov, Moscow 1986, because l.d4NPS2.c4Nc6 3.NDe6 15.Bcl Re8
After the text White has played:
16.Ba6? bxa617.R*d6 is met by the simple D4) 4.g3 Another plan worth trying was 15...h5!
Dl 4.d5 (?) 16.e3 h4 with initiative.
17...Nd8, keeping the extra loot.
D2 4.Bf4 (?!) I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 16.e3 Bf5 17.Na3 Bd6
Unlike the above lines, the developing And Black had the better game.
D3 4.Bg5 D2) 4.Bf4?! move 4.Bg5 is really playable. A draw-
D4 4.g3 back is that after 4...h6 White has to give 1NMB
up his dark-squared Bishop or go into the
D5 4.Nc3 ultra-sharp 5.Bh4 g5 6.Bg3 Bb4+ where
D6 4.a3 the advantage of the first move has no
B y far the most common continuation.
Usually 3.Nft is the choice of an ex- D7 4.e3 importance at all. This move was first
tried in Dzandzgava-Goldin, World
perienced chessplayer who avoids open-
ing experiments and can easily imagine I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NG e6 Open 1991.
the complexity of lines like 3.d5 Ne5 or 4...b6 5.Bxf6
3.Nc3 e5. Dl) 4.d5? After 5.Bh4 g5! 6.Bg3 Bb4+ 7.Nc3
3.Nf3 is a solid line that does not hope Ne4 we have a direct transposition to the
for immediate opening victory, but in- line 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 h6. The fianchetto is always a solid choice.
stead builds for a middlegame in which he 5-.Oxft>6.Nc3g5?! Now the game often transposes into the
hopes to take advantage of Black's lack of Overly-optimistic, according to Goldin Bogo-Indian Defense or the Catalan.
a c-pawn in the center. 3.NB is also a and Yermolinsky. The simple 6...Bb4 fol- Sharp lines are quite rare; mostly both
Played in Seirawan-Orlov, G/30, Seat- lowed by ...d7-d6 and ...e6-e5 was best.
temporary prevention of ...e7-e5. How- sides try to outmaneuver each other. I Variations after 5.Nc3 will be analyzed
tle 1991. Also 6...g6!? followed by ...Bg7 was a
ever, available practice has proven that will try to add some new ideas to existing in D5. After 5.Bd2 a well-known position
The idea of 4.Bf4?! is to prevent ...e6- reasonable possibility.
Black has several resources of theoretical lines. from the Bogo-Indian arises which will be
e5, but this proves to be impossible. 7.e3 Bg7 8.Bd3 d6 9.O-O Bd7?!
counterplay and is able to achieve equal analyzed later. Now we will focus our
chances. The lack of a c-pawn in the 4...Bb4 + 5.Nbd2 d6 6.e3 e5! 7.Bg5 Goldin recommends 9...O-O as best.
Recognizing the failure of 4.Bf4 be- I believe 4...Bb4 + is the best continua- attention on the lesser-known 5.Nbd2.
central fight is compensated for by the lfcaJ tion against 4.g3 but 4...d5 was tried in Once again White wants to trade his
quick development of all Black's pieces cause 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Nxe5 is met by
The text is a typical prophylactic Appleberry-Orlov, Seattle 1991. Knight for Black's dark-squared Bishop.
and his healthy pawn structure. Also, 8...Ne4! 9.NO Bg4! winning. This note
measure against ...Nb4 and also White 4...d5 5.cxd5?! Black's play now has to be in the center
after some preparation, Black will play shows that even GMs can fall for traps
keeps the option of b2-b4. 5.Bg2 is better because now Black's because the d4-pawn has lost its Queen
...eo-e5, freeing his light-squared Bishop. The tempting 4.d5? fails to: when confronted with a defense for the
10~O-Oll.RclQd812.d5!? light-squared Bishop gets too much protection and White is behind in
Play now becomes very tricky with 4~exd5 5xxd5Bb4 + ! first time.
Black soon snares a pawn! A trap 7..Ji6 8.Bxf6 Qxft 9.d5 Bxd2 + freedom. development.
transposition into various openings pos- 5...exd56.Bg2Bb4 + 7.Bd2a5!?
sible at several junctures. As before, worth remembering. Black avoids a little trap. If 9...Nb8,
then of course 10.Qa4 + winning a piece. I like this move. It is very often played Now we have D41 6.Bg2 and D42
Black usually decides which variation in Tango lines. There are several reasons
he'd like to transpose into. The only way available for White here. 10.Nxd2 6.0c2.
Since the pawn loss is inevitable, he hopes If White takes 10.Qxd2 then 10...e4! why this move is good. First of all it gives D41 6.Bg2
Black has two paths to choose from to get some compensation with the help solid protection to the Bishop and if
10^.Nb8 ll.Bd3 O - 0 1 2 . 0 0 Na6 13A3
after 3.ND:3...d6 or 3...e6. This book will of the Bishop pair and some space ad- White plays Bxb4, after ...axb4 the a8-
e4!? 14.Nxe4 Qxb2 15.Rbl Qe5?!
focus upon 3...e6. vantage. Evidently some compensation is Rook gets an open file and the a2-pawn
Black had to accept the offer
3...e6 achievable but insufficient. 14...Qxa3!, asking White to prove the will be weak. Another important point is
After 3...d6, the game transposes into IJtouA 8.Qd4 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Nf6 soundness of his sacrifice. that if White plays a2-a3, Black's Bishop
a sort of Indian Defense. This plan has 10.d6!? 16J4! Qe7 17J5 16 can retreat or capture on d2 and then
been successfully used by GMs Jonathan White tries to disorganize the Black Black often plays ...a5-a4, fudng White's
White has captured a lot of space but
Speelman and Tony Miles. pieces. No better is 10.c4, as after queenside pawns, and the Black Knight
Black's position remains solid. Despite
We will follow 3...e6, as it involves more 10...O-O ll.Bd3 d6 12.O-O c5 White After 12-Bbl e513.dxc5 dxe513.b4 Be6, on c6 also gets squares on c4 and b3.
the final position, it is clear that D2) 4.Bf4
dearcut positional plans. The move 3...e6 does not have sufficient compensation for is not a serious threat. the position is equal. Black has a strong 8.O-O O-O 9Bf4 Ne4!
is the first step in the following strategic the pawn, Nesterov-Sosonkin, Minsk center and Odl-c2 is easily neutralized by Black prevents the Knight from com-
plan: 1986. The next try by White is: ..J7-f5. If White plays e3-e4, the Black ing to c3.
1) to play ...Bb4 and trade the Bishop 10~xxd6 ll.BdJ Knight gets the excellent square d4. 10.a3 Be7 ll.Ne5

10 11
6.a3 was played in Pullen-Orlov, 1947. It is hard to argue with that. I developed.) but no more than that. 12.Be2 Ne4?! gives White a small advantage but I would
Tacoma 1991: suggest instead of 6...dxc4 the continua- 14.b5 a4 I5.bxc6 axb3 16.cxb7 Based on a miscalculation. Instead like to dispute this.
6.a3 Be7 tion . . . In case of 16.Nxb3 Black plays 12...Bg4 13.d5 (after 13.dxe5 dxe5 6.bxc3
I had in mind a transposition into B) 6~.Ne4!? 16...bxc6 17.D Ng5! because if 17...Nd6 14.O-O Ne4! and ...f7-f5 Black has a Now theory gives 6...d6?! 7.Bg5 h6
Dutch-like play with ...Nf6-e4 and ...f7-f5. D5) 4.Nc3 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Ne4 10.Nd2!? (this sets
The idea is that after then 18.c5 Nc4 19.f4 blocking the posi- nice position) 13...Nb8 14.h3 Bh5
Also deserving of some attention 4~Bb4 the trap 10...Nxc3?? ll.Qc2 and the
7.O-O tion. After 17...Ng5 White has no such 15.O-O (the aggressive 15g4 is properly
6...Bxd2+ and if 7.Bxd2, then 7...Nc4 The main line here is 4...Bb4 because Knight is lost) 10...Nxd2 ll.Qxd2 f5 12.D
Black can play chance because 18.c5 is met by ...e5! met by 15...Ne4! 16.0cl Bg6 17.h4 h5!)
8.Qc2 O-O 9.Bg2 a5!? (with the idea of after 4...d5?! 5.Bg5 the game transposes Qf6 13.e3 slightly favoring White. In-
7_I5 16...Bxb7 17.Nxb3 Ba6 18.Na5 c5 15...c6!? would have given Black good
fixing the queenside with ...a5-a4) 10.b3 f5 into The Queen's Gambit and a Knight on stead of the passive 6...d6 we suggest...
Transposing into a kind of Dutch Black has good counterplay due to his play.
c6 does not make much sense.
ll.O-O Bd7 with the idea of ...Bd7-e8-h5. Defense. A key idea behind this is that strong Bishops, as he does after 16.cxd5 13.Qc2 Bf5 14.Bd3 exd4 15.Nxd4 6~Na5!?
7.Qc2 dxc4 8.Qxc4 Qd5 9.Oxd5 although the Bishop on b4 often has to exd5 17.Nxb3 bxc6, and if 18.Na5 then Nxd4?! Equally interesting is 6...h6!, prevent-
This unlocks Black's light-squared retreat, the loss of time will be counter- 18...C5. This makes things even worse. 15...Bg6 ing an unpleasant pin. Now if 7.e3, then
Bishop and gives Black a slightly better balanced by the passive position of the In addition to 6.Bg2, featured in the was a necessity. If then 16.Nxc6 bxc6, after 7...d6 8.Bd3 e5 9.Nd2 Oe7 Black's
ending. Instead, 9.Bg2 O-O 10.O-O Rd8 White Knight on d2 and lack of pressure Makogonov-Kasparian game, ECO Black will have some counterplay on the position looks okay.
would be about equal.. on the d5-square. recommends 6.Qc2 but does not provide b-file. 7.Qa4
9...exd5 10.b4 Now we have D411 8.Qc2 and D412 any variations (the game developed as a 16.Bxd4c5?! The other option does not promise
If 10.Bg2, then 10...a5! fixing the 8.a3Be7 9.b4?! Catalan; do not think that ECO has any- Again, 16...Bg6 was a must. I was at- much. After 7.e3 bo 8.Bd3 Ba6, Black
queenside. D411 thing to say about I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6!). tracted here to a combination with ...Nxf2 holds the initiative.
10...O-O ll.Bg2 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4^3 Bb4 + D42 and wanted to push the Bishop out of
In the postmortem we both believed 5.Nbd2 d5 6.Bg2 Ne4!? 7.O-O15 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4.g3 Bb4 + protecting the e3-square. The idea 8.c5?! is met by 8...Ne4 here
this move was the reason for all the 8.Qc2Be7 9.a3a5! 5.Nbd2d5 17.Bb2 Qg5 and after 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.cxb6 cxb6 Black
troubles White later got into. Necessary It is a very important point of Black's 6.Qc2 has a serious initiative.
was Il.e3 and if Il...a5, as in the game, strategy to prevent the thrust b2-b4, We feel that now White has fallen be- 8...Ba6 9.e3 h6 10.Bxf6
then 12.b5 Na7 13.Ne5! and White is fine. which would capture a lot of space. hind in development and Black can take By a transposition of moves we have Black dominates after 10.Bh4 g5!
H...Bf512.O-Oa5! 13.b5Na714.a4c6! 10.b3 Bffi ll.Bb2 O-O advantage of this fact. For instance: now arrived at the Nimzo-Indian. Ac- H.Bg3Ne4!
The possession of the b4-square plus With the idea of ...Bd7-e8-h5. Black 6...dxc4 7.Qxc4 Qd5 cording to ECO, this particular line favors 10...Qxf6 ll.Ne5 Qe7 12.Bd3 Bb7
the c-file will make all the difference. has a good game. There is no hope of any advantage for White. We will offer some new ideas for 13.O-O O-O-O
15.bxc6Nxc616.Bb2Rac8 D412 White. If... the second player that may provide a The present situation looks safe for
White cannot hold onto the c-file be- 8.a3 Be7 9.b4?! 8.Qd3 remedy. White has four moves to choose Black.
cause of his weak a4-pawn. White takes action on the queenside Better is 8.Qxd5 exd5 with equal play. from here. We will consider:
17.Rfcl Nb4 18.Nel Rxcl 19.Bxcl without suitable preparation. Now after 8...O-O White has either 9.Bg2
For 19.Rxcl I had prepared 19...Rc8! 9~Nc3! lO.Qel Bf6 11*3 or9.a3. D52 5.&3
and after 2O.Rxc8+ Bxc8 and ...Bc8-d7 (Here ll.Bb2 is met by ll...Na4) 8...O-O 9.Bg2 Rd8 10.e3 e5! D53 5.Bg5
winning the a4-pawn. The text is also D54 5.Qc2
hopeless. p~ The fifth option is 5.e3, which
transposes into the Ragozin variation, My miscalculation was that I would
19...Rc8 2O.e3 Nc2 21.Nxc2 Rxc2
which lies outside the scope of this article. be able to play 17...Nxf2 here but I real-
Now threats like ...Be7-b4 and ...Nf6-
However, here is a sample game where ized to my horror that after 18.Qxf2
g4 were inevitable and White goes in for
White tried this option. Qxe3 + 19.Be2 Bg4 (if 19...Qxb3, then
a desperate try.
(Repkin-Orlov, San Diego Open, 2O.Rd2 Bg4 21.O-O, winning) 2O.Rd2
22.e4 dxe4 and Black easily won the
1992) Qe4 21.Qg3!! Qbl + (21...f6 22.Bxf6!
I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 gxf6 23.O-O f5 24.h3 winning a piece;
After 6.Bg2, there are two paths from
5x3 tf 21...Bxe2?? 22.Qxg7 mate) 22.Kf2 Qxhl
which Black can choose, A) 6...dxc4 and 23.Qxg4 g6 24.Qf4, White's attack is
Also 5...Bxc3 + 6.bxc3 d6 deserves
B) 6.^Ne4!? First we will see what is of- winning.
very serious attention.
ferred by theory. The position that has
6.Qc2O-O 18.O-O Bg6 19.Rfel
occurred is known in the Catalan. This time the fianchetto does not seem
Interesting was 6...a5!? with the idea of White has a serious advantage. But
A) 6~dxc4 7.O-O l l ~ O - O 12.Nb3 Ne4 13.cxd5 exd5 despite the final position, 5.e3 cannot very strong because Black has powerful
All the White pieces are pinned and meeting 7.a3 with 7...Bxc3 + 8.Qxc3 a4!?
Setting a dangerous trap. If here the MlfcSaf 7A3 Bxc3 8.Qxc3 a5! 9.b3 e5! 10.Bb2 be considered as a serious threat to counterplay against the damaged White
Black has a decisive initiative.
naive 7...Nxd4?, then 8.Nxd4 Qxd4 With even play. White correctly declined the offered Black's defense, because as already queenside pawns, but of course it has to
Or 9*3 Bxd2+ 10.Bxd2 e5 U.dxe5
9.Qa4 +, winning a piece. Instead of 13.cxd5, White can also try White has to take, otherwise e5-e4. pawn. After 10.dxe5 dxe5 ll.Nxe5 Nxe5 noted 12...Bg4 instead of 12...Ne4 be taken seriously in any event.
7...c3 8.Nc4 cxb2 9.Bxb2 O-O 10.Qb3 to protect the c4-pawn with 13.Qe2. In ll~Qxd3 12xxd3 Re8 12.0xe5 Re8 Black has a strong attack would have given Black a very good 5~Bxc3+ 6.bxc3b6!?
Be7 this case Black would play 13...a5! 14.b5 Again with an excellent game for Black because White has developed only his game. This is an improvement over 6...Rb8
I don't like this move. My recommen- a4! LS.bxc6 axb3, achieving a marvelous as 13.O-O-O is met by 13...Ng4! or if I3.d4 Queen! 7.Bg2 b6 8.O-O Bab, as in Popov-Gur-
dation is 10...a5 and if Il.a3 then Il...a4! game. then 13..JBg4! 10~Re8 ll.Rdl!? Qc7 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO c6 4.Nc3 Bb4 genidze, USSR 1980, which was won by
and Black has a reasonable game. Also good for Black is 13.Nfd2, after On the better 7.Bg2!? (instead of Lines like ll...Bg4 12.dxe5 Nxe5 White.
ll.Rfdl Qe8 12Jlacl which 13...a5! (As in the first line with 7.Qxc4 after 6...dxc4) Black has 13.Be2 were not attractive at all as the D51 7.Bg2 Bb7 8.O-O
White has sufficient compensation for 13.Oe2, Black wants to destroy White's 7...Bxd2 + 8.Qxd2 Rb8 9.O-O b5. White tandem Qc3 + Bb2 looked very impres- 5.a3Bxc3 + If 8.Ne5 then 8...Nxe5! 9.Bxb7 Nxc4
the pawn, Makogonov-Kasparian, USSR pawn chain while his opponent is under- has sufficient compensation for the pawn, sive. Instead, I decided to hold on to eS. According to ECO this continuation 10Bxa8 Qxa8 11 .O-O Qc6, and Black has
12 13
17.Nxd4 Qxd4 18.Rdl Qf6 19.KT1 Rd8 We are now in the line of the Nimzo-
compensation for the material deficit, 13...O-O-O 14.c5! Qe7 15.Nb3 Kb8 Chernov, USSR 1984. Black did not have With equality, Ubilava-Orlov, Indian called the Zurich Variation. This
due to the inactivity of the White Rooks 16.Rbl Ka8. Black has escaped to a any problems. Belgrade Open 1988. variation is not named after the 1953 Can-
and the well-placed Knight on c4. corner and is ready to meet an attack. didates Tournament, but after the 1934
8_Na5 9.Nd2 White should have played 17.Qe2 with Zurich event won by Alekhine ahead of
If9.Qd3,then9...Be4. slightly better chances. Instead, now Dr. Max Euwe and Dr. Emanuel Lasker.
9...Bxg2 10.Kxg2 d6 17.Qcl? h5!? (I could not miss this chance Plans based on ...d5 favor White accord-
Also, 10...d5 deserved close attention. for counterplay!) 18.Qa3 h419.gxh4 gxh4. ing to theory, so we will concentrate on
11x4 Qd7 It is clear now that White cannot succeed systems involving the strategically healthy
And Black doesn't have any problems. on the queenside without help from a ...d6 and ...e5.
If White pushes hard with 12.f4, for in- second Rook but he does not have time to
stance, then 12...h5 followed by queen- bring it over. 2O.Na5 Nxa5 21.Qxa5 Bc6 Now White has D541 6.Bd2 and D542
side castling. 22.cxd6 Qxd6, and Black seized the initia- 1*3.
D53 tive. A parting of the ways. White has to
5.Bg5 9.Ne5 choose between 9.Rdl, 9.b4 and 9.e3.
Played in response to Black's threat of (1) 9.Rdl
...h6-h5. A solid positional move which prevents
After 9.e3 Black has 9...h5 10.h4 (if ...e6-e5 and maintains White's position in
10.Ne5?h4!ll.Nxc6Bxc3 + 12.bxc3Qf6! the center.
and Black gets his piece back, keeping the 9...Qe7 I<hg3 e5 ll.dS
This line poses Black few problems. This move has not received a tourna-
initiative). If 10.h3, as in Rohde-Orlov, This is forced. After Il.dxc5 dxe5
Now Black can use the advantage of ment testing yet ^ut nevertheless deser-
World Ope- 1991, there follows 10...Nxg3 12.Bg2 a5! Black would fix the queenside.
having the Knight on c6. ves consideration. Two possible lines
H.fxg3 Bd6 12.Kf2 (12.Ne2 does not look ll...Nb8 12.Bg2 c6 (Alekhine played
8...Nxg3! 9.hxg3 g4 10.d5 are:
very attractive either) 12...h413.g4 Bg3 + 12...Nbd7 here but had a passive game)
The strongest. If 10.Ne5, then Black 1) 8~J5!? 9.d5 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Qf6!
14.Kgl a6. This is played to prevent a 13.dxc6 Nxc6 14.O-O Be6 15.b3 h6 with
has 10...Nxe5 Il.dxe5 Qg5 12.Qe4 d6!? If now Il.dxc6, then ll...Qxc3 +, win-
possible 15.cxd5 exd5 16.Bb5. 15.Ne2 the idea of ...Nf6-d7-c5 and ...Rec8 with
I3.exd6 cxd6 and Black has an easy game. ning the Exchange.
Bd6 16.c5 Bf8. The Bishop goes to g7, counterplay on the queenside.
Also interesting is 13...Qg7! 14.Rcl Bxd6 ll.Rcl Ba3! 12.dxc6 f4!
giving the f6-square to the Queen. 17.g3 (2) 9.b4
with the idea of ..15, ...Bd7, and ...O-O-O. With very complicated play that is dif-
Qf6 18.Bg2 hxg3. (I did not want to allow ECO gives 9...e5 lO.dxeS Nxe5 11x3
The most aggressive approach. Now In Gornjak-Orlov, USSR 1986, White ficult to assess. And . . .
19.gxh4 gxh4 2O.Nf4 Bh6 21.Qd2.) Now 2)8...Bxc3 + Bg4.
we have a situation which can be com- tried 10.Nh2!? and after 10...Nxd4 ll.Qd2 Similar to 6.Bd2 is 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bd2
19.Nxg3 Bd7 2O.Qd2 O-O-O and Black's It is always important to damage Black doesn't want to play ll...Nx3 +
pared to the line I.d4 Nf6 2x4 eo 3.NO b6 Qf6 (Black needs to get his Queen to (after 7.Bh4? g5 8.Bg3 g4!, Black is win-
opening strategy brought him a good White's pawn structure. because after 12.gxf3 White would con-
4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5. The difference is that defend the h6-pawn) 12.Nxg4 Qg7 ning, because 9.d5 is met now by
game. 9.bxc3 Nxg3 10.hxg3 Qf6 Il.e3 d6 trol all the central squares, plus the open
the Knight on c6 can participate in a 13.Ne3! (White avoids the trap 13.Rxh6?
Now back to the position after 9...h5 9...exd5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 ll.Qe4 + Be6) g-file is dangerous for the Black King.
counterattack. Rxh6 14.Nxh6 f5! and the Knight is not 12.Rbl
10.h4: 10...Bc3 + Il.bxc3 Nxg3 12.6cg3 7...O-O 8.a3 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 Qe7 (Black 12.Nxe5 dxeS 13J3 Bh5 14.Be2 Bg6
5...h6 6.Bh4 coming back) 13...d6 14.Rh4! (a very Black wants to play ...O-O-O and then
Qd6! 13.Kf2 Now Black concentrates his move his h-pawn forward. White tries to prepares ...e6-e5 which is the main 15.Qb2 with better play for White, Euwe-
Of course, 6.Bxf6 Oxf6 7.e3 d6 8.Bd3 strong idea; now the Knight has to
forces on the White King. O...g4 14.Ngl slow Black's development. source of counterplay here) 10.e3 a5! Kramer, HoUand 1952.
e5 gives Black easy play. depart) 14...Nc6 and now 15.Nedl! fol-
Rh6 15.Ne2. Necessary to stop ...Rf6 +. lowed by 16.a3 gave White the better 12~b6 13.Be2 Bb7 (standard procedure!) Il.b3 e5 12.d5 One move worth a look for Black is
6~g5 7.Bg3 Ne4 Nb8 13.Be2 c6!? (An important part of
Now White has to choose between: L5...dxc4 16.Nf4 e5! with advantage to game. However, after 10...Qg5! (instead With a safe position for Black. Il...b6!? instead of ll...Bg4. After
Black. of 10...Nxd4) Il.e3 d6 123e2 e5, White Black's strategy. If White takes the 12.Be2 Bb7 13.Rdl (there is no ad-
D531 8.Rcl
9~Bd7 10xxd5 has no advantage. I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 pawn, then the Knight gets out with a vantage for White in 13.Nxe5 dxe5
D532 8.Qc2
Does not promise a thing. After tempo and Black may later try to play 14.O-O, because of 14...Qe7 15.D c5!
D533 8.Qd3 10~gxG Il.dxc6 fxt2 12.cxd7+ Bxd7
10.Qb3 Black has 10...Bxc3+ Il.bxc3 against White's weakened queenside with a counterplay) 13...Qe7 14.O-O c5,
13.Bxe2 Bc6
Nxg3 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.hxg3 dxc4. (The pawns. If White lets Black capture on Black has a solid position. If White
D531 After several forced captures Black
Bishop needs this diagonal.) 14.Qxc4 d5, then the d5-pawn will be attacked.) closes the queenside by playing b4-b5,
8.Rcl has ended up with a pair of Bishops but a
Qd6. 14.dxc6 Nxc6 15.O-O Bg4 (having in then ...a7-a6.
A natural reaction. The Rook did not weak h6-pawn. White's play now is quite
l(Lxxd5 ll.Qb3 Bxc3 + 12.bxc3 Nxg3 interesting. mind ...e5-e4 at a favorable moment) (3) 9x3 e5 10.dxe5 (in case of 10.Be2,
have much to do on al.
13.Nxc6 16.b4?! (a dubious decision, since now Black has a good position after 10...exd4
14a3 Bc5 15.Rh5!
Also good for Black is 13.hxg3 Nxe5 A very strong move. The Rook blocks both the b- and c- pawns are vulnerable U.Nxd4 Ne4) ia...Nxe5 ll.Nxe5 dxe5
This plan revolves around play with
...h6-h5, so the Knight needed protection. 14.dxe5 Bc6 followed by L5...Qe7 and the h-pawn and hits Black's Bishop at the to tactics) 16...Rfc8 17.Rfdl Qe6 12.Be2 c5! An important move in this line
In the game Krasenkov-Orlov, USSR 16...O-O-O. same time. 18.Bel? (It did not take long for White to which does not allow White to capture
1986, Black tried another plan: 8...Qf6. 13~Bxc6 14Jixg3 15~Bd4 make a decisive mistake. The only move space with b2-b4 and c4-c5. 13.O-O Qe7
After 9.e3 d6 Black wants to castle queen- Now Black's light-squared Bishop Up to this moment, I was thinking that was 18.b5) 18...axb4 19.axb4 Rxal M.Rael White has prepared action with
side as soon as possible and then attack does not have a diagonal but unlike I could get a better game. After 20-Rxal e4! (suddenly the Knight has f2-f4 but Black is ready. 14_b6!? ISS4
with ...h6-h5-h4. 10. Bd3 Bxc3 + Il.bxc3 White, Black has a clear plan-castle 16.O-O-O Qf6 that would have been true, nowhere to go) 21.Nd4 Nxd4 22.exd4 Bb7 with equality, Euwe-Najdorf,
Nxg3 12.hxg3 Bd7 13JMd2!? Very weU long and storm White's position with but my opponent found something better. Bxe2 23.Qxe2 Qxc4 and Black eventually Groningen 1946. Here 16.Bxe5 is met by
played! The text prevents ...h6-h5 and pawns. 16.Nb5!? a6 won, Graves-Orlov, Tacoma 1991. 16-.Nd7! 17.Bc3 Qxe3 + 18.Khl Qe6!
prepares c4-c5. Here I should have 14_J5 15x3 Qf6 Also good was 16...Bg7 17.Rdl Qe7 6...O-O 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Re8 with counterplay.
played 13...Qe7, preventing c4-c5. And O-O-O to follow in Yermolinsky- 18.BO Bxf3 19.gx3 a6.
D542 10...c6!? Black does not mind open- sidering only 9...Ne4 and 9...dxe5. Now D61 17.Nf3 was a must.
ing up the game. Il.dxc6 Nxco 12.Bg2 White has a difficult choice to make: to 4d6. 17...dxc5 18.b5 Nb4 19.Nc4 b6! This
Bg4. I was ready to meet 13.O-O with accept the pawn sacrifice or not. Inumerable-Orlov, National Open move gives up the dark-squared Bishop
...e5-e4, winning the e2-pawn. 13.e3 Accepting: 10.Nxe5 dxe5 H.Qxc5 Re8 1991. but all the other pieces will hold great
Ne4! Another typical maneuver worth 12.Ob2 spots.
remembering. 14.Qc2 Nc5 15.O-O. In this position theory gives only 2O.Nxe5 Bf6 21.f4 Bxe5 22.fxe5 Qxe5
The naive 15.b4 is crushed by 15...e4!
15...a5 and Black had a pretty good
12...Ne4 and 12...Qd3. I propose a new
idea here: 12_Ng4!, believing that 13x3
R .#& H 23.0d2. The attractive 23.Bb2 is well met
by 23...Od4! + and 24.Qxd4 cxd4 25.Ndl
a5! 14.Be2 Ra6! gives Black compensa- lit Itlt Nc2 is hopeless for White.
As the good old books say, a flank
tion for the pawn. As you can see, all the
Black pieces are poised for a kingside
4114 23...Ne8! With an extra pawn and a
winning game for Black.
action is supposed to be met by a attack. 7^e5 8.d5 Nb8 9 Ji3
counterstrike in the center.
ftftft It is very important to prevent ...Bg4;
Our attention now focuses on 1)
9...Ne4 and 2) 9...Nxe5! Let's see the line
With equality. The significant tactical
detail is that after 15.bxc5 Black has
15.~Ne4! and then .~Nxc5 with a great
B r also g2-g4 is now possible with an attack
on the kingside.
The principal move. White wants to recommended by theory. game.
get the Bishop-pair immediately. Not the best response to White's
1) 9...Ne4 10.Qe3 f5 ll.Bb2 B) 10.Bg5 h6 U.Bb4 Re8. Having in
6~Bxc3 + 7.Qxc3 O-O 8.b4 strategy. 9...a5, to meet 10.Be3 by 10...a4!
The en passant capture would not mind 12...g5 13.Bg3 Ne4. White softens
The careful 8.e3 was played in Dreev- was a necessity.
be a good idea here. After Il.exf6 things with a trade. 6.e3 promises White nothing, as in
Orlov, New-York, l^90: 8.e3 a5 9.b3 Re8 Qxf6 12.Ra2 Bf5 and with ...Rae8 to 10.Be3 a5 ll.O-O Na6?!
12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.e3 (If B.Rdl Qe7 Scoville-Orlov, Washington Open 1991. Another mistake. Il...cxd5 12.cxd5
10.Bb2 e5 1 l.Qc2. I was planning to meet follow, things look pretty sad tor 14.e3, Black has an excellent reply in 6...O-O 7.Bd3 e5 8.d5 Nb8 9.b3. This
Il.dxe5 dxe5 12.Rdl Qe7 13.Be2 with White. Bd7! preparing ...Na6 and ...Rc8 or ...Ne8
14...Ne4! 15.Bxe7 Nxc3 with an equal does not make sense. Instead, 9.h3 or
13...Ne4! 14.Qc2 Nc5 and Black would be ll...Be6 12.Rcl Qe7 13.exd6 Qxd6 and ...f5 was much better.
game.) 13...g5 14.Bg3 Ne4 gives Black a 9.O-O was necessary.
fine. 12j>4!
strong game because of White's poor 9...C6 10.dxc6 Nxc6 11.O-O h6. Black
H...Bg4 12.d5. The "normal" Cutting off the Black Knight and
development. wants to develop with ...Be6, so Ng5 has
12.Be2?! is met by 12...Bxf3 13.Bxf3 threatening 13.dxco bxc6 14.b5.
Analysis Diagram to be neutralized.
exd4 14.Bxc6 bxc6 15.Bxd4 Ne4 and 12...cxd5 13.cxd5 Bd7 14.b5 Rc8
Ld4Nf6 2.c4Nc6 3.NDe6 12.h3 Be6 13.Bb2 d5 14.cxd5 Nxd5
...c6-c5 to follow and Black would have Hoping for 15.bxa6 Rxc3 with some
For instance, 15.Bxg4 Bxg4 16.O-O. D6) 4.a3 15.Nxd5 Qxd5, and Black was okay.
a great game. counterplay, but White is very precise.
Here Black faces a choice between the 6...O-O 7.Be2
12...Nb8 13.Be2 Na6 14.O-O 15.Na4! Nc7 16.Qbl!
aggressive 16...Rg6 going after the White Most natural and the best. 7.Bd3?! was
Bh5 (preparing ...Bh5-g6 and ...Nf6- White's play is remarkable! The
played in Ftacnik-Orlov, Washington
e4) 15.Bc3 Nc5. Black already has a King, and the simple 16...axb4 17.Qxb4 Queen protects both pawns and my a7-
Open, 1991. 7...e5 8.d5 Nb8 9.Nd2?! A
better game due to the superior loca- (after 17.axb4 Rxal 18.Qxal Be2 Black pawn is now in trouble. My next move
strange idea. I am not impressed with
tion of his pieces. White lacks a clear gets his pawn back) 17...Be2 18.Rel Rb6 admits the sadness of my position.
7.Bd3 in the first place, but after 8.h3 with
plan. His subsequent actions on the 19.Qc3 Qd3 with an equal game. I like 16...Na8 17.Nd2
the idea of g2-g4 it would at least be un-
queenside give Black's Knights extra 16...Rg6 better. derstandable (the Bishop covers the cen- White's initiative is decisive.
targets. If White doesn't capture the e-pawn, ter and maybe a Knight goes to g3 later Here are some conclusions: The posi-
16.b4 Bg6! 17.Qdl Nfe4! 18.Bb2 Na6! With an unclear position (ECO), Black gets very easy play. The exchange tion after Black's 9...a5 (instead of
Gadalinski-Szabo, Spindlerovy Mliny on). White tries to play as in some King's
Really a Knights Tango! If now 19.bxa5 of the Knights on ft and c6 greatly eases Indian lines where the Knight goes to c4 9...c6?!) remains full of fight. Still we
or 19.b5, then ...Nc5 and ...f7-f5. 1948. This way provides fairly nice play Black's position. have to admit that by playing ...e6-e5 and
for Black but it's good to have a second after c4-c5 but the situation is very dif-
19.Qb3 Bh5!? Now the threat Bh5xf3 Not accepting the sacrifice: ferent here. ...Nb8-c6-b8 Black lost couple of tempi
and Ne4-d2 hangs in the air. choice. compared to the line I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6
I.d4 Nffi 2x4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 9...a5 lO.Rbl Na6 l l . O - O . White
2O.Qc2 f5 21.Bc3 Qf6 and Black is bet- 2) 9.~Nxe5! 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.e4 Be7 6.Be2 O-O
5.Qc2 d6 6^3 Bxc3 + 7.Qxc3 O-O 8.b4 e5! The most unpleasant reaction by provokes ll...Nc5?! but after 12.Bc2 he
ter. Among his ideas is 22...Nxc3 23.Qxc3 9.dxe5 Nxe5 White. The idea is simple: to prevent will kick the Knight back with a gain of a 7.d5. On the other hand, the moves a3
e4!, winning the b-pawn after 24.Qxf6 And now we consider 10.Bb2 and ...Bb4 forever. Now Black faces a serious tempo. and h3 do not look like such a big deal and
gxf6 25.Nd4 Bxe2 26.Nxe2 axb4. 10.Bg5. dilemma because right now he has to Il...g6!? 12.b4 axb4 13.axb4 Nh5. The Black keeps some counterplay. Anyway,
A) 10.Bb2 Re8 Il.e3 show his plans. Black has two options Knight goes to f4 and White has to stop for those of you who like a more classical
Also 8.b3 does not change things White tries to seduce Black into here: D61 4...d6 and D62 4...d5. that. He could do it by 14.Nf3 but that type of play, here it is:
much. That was played in Pendergast- damaging his pawn structure with The difference between the two moves is would mean admitting that his previous I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4.a3
Orlov, Portland, 1991: ll...NxG + 12.gxf3 but the open g-file this: after 4...d6 the position that arises is of strategy has failed. White's next move D62
I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NB e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 plus the tandem O + B will kill Black the Indian type, but Black will lack a tempo weakens his castled position. 4...d5
5.0c2 d6 6.a3 Bxc3 + 7.0xc3 O-O 8.b3 then. due to ...e6-e5. Whereas 4.~d5 is more of a 14.g3 Bh3 15.Rel. A triumph for As was mentioned above, central play
e5! I l ~ b 6 12.Be2 Bb7 Queen's Gambit Declined-type. I consider Black's strategy! There is no sign of with 4...d5 would be a logical reaction to
A standard pawn sacrifice based on the The Bishop has a very good position 4...d5 positionally correct because 4a3 does White's attack on the queenside but ...f7- White's 4.a3.
better development of the Black pieces. here as the a8-hl diagonal is always im- nothing for White's development. The fol- f5 is coming. Black's next move protects 5.Nc3
9.d5 Nb8 10.g3. In my experience this portant and Black is also ready for Nf6-e4 lowing games were played recently. Also the h5-Knight. The careful 5.e3 was played in Graves-
plan is not dangerous for Black because Analysis Diagram now. there is original analysis offered for your 15...Qe8 16.Be2 Ng7 17.c5?! A Orlov Tacoma 1991.
it is very slow. Theory does not give 9...Nxc5!, con- consideration. desperate try for the initiative. Instead
13.Nxe5dxe514.O-Oc5 I thought that Grunfeld-like play
16 17
would suit the situation. 5...g6!? 6.Nc3 Development by 6.Bf4 is met by Ld4Nffi2.c4Nc6 3.NOe6 equal as Black has free play and White's you who are not familiar with this sys-
Bg7 7.Bd3 O-O 8.O-O ao. A double-pur- 6...Nh5! 7.Bd2 O-O 8.e3 Nf6 and Black Knight does not have good prospects. tem.
D7) 4.e3 6-.d6 5-Qe7
pose move. It is good for Black to have does not have big problems because the This simple move has not been
the option of ...dxc4 and ...b7-b5. Also tempo loss is compensated for by the pas- This move leads to an interesting game. Now White has a choice between I.
popular. The reason is probably as 6...d5 7.Nc3 O-O 8.Bd3 Qe7 9.O-O Rd8 6-Bg2 and II. 6.Nc3.
...a7-a6 is helpful in case of b2-b4. sive Bishop on d2. simple as the move itself. White's dark-
9.Bd2 dxc4 10.Bxc4 b5 ll.Bd3. The Interesting is 6.Qc2! O-O 7.Bf4 Nh5 also merits consideration..
squared Bishop is locked in and ...Bb4 + 7.Nc3 O-O 8.O-O-O!? D6.Bg2
Bishop gets into a compromised position 8.Bg3 and if 8...f5 then 9.e3 f410.exf4 Nxf4 is still possible. In any event, 4.e3 deser-
here. Better was ll.Ba2 and 12.Rcl. ll.O-O-O! The toothless 8.Be2 e5 is equal.
ves some attention.
11...e5! Black offers an Exchange In all of the above lines the absence of
sacrifice. Black's c-pawn was quite noticeable. Be- Now White has three options available:
12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Oxd3 14.exf6 cause of that another move comes to our D71 5.Nc3; D72 5.Bd2; D73 5.Nbd2.
Bxf6 15.OD Bg7. I did not like 15...Bf5 attention:
16.Radl and White threatens g2-g4 or I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4.a3 d5 D71 This is the move Black had in mind
Bd2-cl and Nc3-d5. 5.Nc3 g6! 5.Nc3 when he played Il...c6!? The positional
16.Oxa8 Qxd2. Black has good
5...d6 6.a3 explanation of my play is very simple I
compensation here, his Bishops are
If 6.0c2, then 6...O-O 7.a3 Bxc3 + have more pieces on the queenside than
8.Qxc3 a5!, threatening to fix the queen- my opponent!
17.Nd5 Be6 18.Ne7+ Kh8 19.Qxa6 side and 9.b3 Re8 10.Bb2 e5 does not
Oxb2 2O.Rabl Qf6 and Black had strong 15.Nd3 Bb5 16.Qb3 a4 17.Qc2 Nbd7
promise much besides transposition into
play for the Exchange. The disadvantage All my pieces are in play. Here I
Repkin-Orlov, San Diego, 1992.
of 5.e3 is clear: White lacks the Bg5 or Bf4 noticed that it would be nice for me to
6~.Bxc3 + 7.bxc3 e5 8.Bc2 transfer my Queen to the a7-gl diagonal.
option and Black can transpose into 8~Bd7!? 6...Bxd2 +
8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qxd8 + Kxd8 10.a4 h6! 18.Rfcl Qd8! 19.Bfl Qb6
Grunfeld-like play where a2-a3 does not Now Black is ready to meet 9.e4 with This move contains a small trap which
ll.Ba3 Be6 gives Black good chances in The initiative is definitely on Black's
make a big difference. 9...e5. was realized in Shannon-Orlov, G/30,
the endgame. side.
5.~Be7 9.h3 World Open 1991.
8...O-O 9.O-O Bg4 An example of a possible strategy for
Black is fine. Risky but interesting here is . . . 7.Qxd2 Ne4 8.Qc2 Qb4+ 9.Nbd2?
9.~a6!? 10*4 b5 9.Nc3! was the only move. Black after 10.O-O is the following game
Offering a pawn sacrifice. 9_Nxd2 10.Qxd2 Qxc4 11.O-O Qb4 (Utut Adianto-Joel Benjamin, New
Now 6.Bf4 is met by 6...a6 and if 7.e3 York, 1991).
then 7...Bg7 8.Bd3 O-O and Black's game 11^5?! b4! 12.gxf6 bxc3 13.Qxc3 Qxf6 As soon as the Queen gets back home,
14.Be2 Rab8 Black has a winning game. I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4.g3 Bb4 +
is quite solid. 5.Bd2 Qe7 6.Bg2 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2 d6
If6.Bg5then-.Bg7. Black has no problems, if instead 12.Qg5 O-O 13.Qe3 Qe7
Il.cxb5 axb5 12.Bxb5 then 12...NM 13.a3 And Black had a winning game. 8.O-O O-O 9x4 e5 10.d5 Nb8 ll.Nel
There has been no tournament praxis Now the position transposes into one
with 6...Bg7 but in a blitz game Benjamin- Nbd5 and the open a- and b-files promise
Black strong counterplay on the queen- 7.Nbxd2 is preferable to 7.Qxd2. similar to the above game.
Orlov, Joel played . . .
side. I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4.g3 Bb4 +
and Black continued . . . 5.Bd2 Qe7 6.Bg2 Bxd2 + 7.Nbxd2
7~h6 8.Bh4 O-O 9.Bd3 Ne7!? A nother subject which deserves some This position has been reached by
With the idea ...Ne7-f5. **-special attention is the above-men- many strong players and Black has
tioned Bogo-Indian Defense position proven he has satisfactory counterplay.
This simple move was played in Gut- after: The author would like to share some
man-Orlov, Portland, 1991. I.d4 Nffi 2x4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4.g3 Bb4 + practical experiences here. In the follow-
6.Bg5 h6 7.BxflS 5.Bd2 ing game White was represented by a
After White gives up the Bishop, my well-known theoretician.
problems are over. I was prepared to
meet 7.Bh4 with 7...Nc4 8.Bxe7 Nxe7 9.e3 IM Jeremy Silman (2510)-IM Georgi
O-O and Black has a reasonable game.
Orlov (2608), Western States Open
7~Bxfl> 8^3 O-O 9.Bd3 a6 1991.
A useful move on many occasions.
7...d6 8.e4 e5 9.d5 Nb8 10.b4
10.O-Odxc4 11.Bxc4e5
Instead, 10.O-O is more popular. The This reply is very common in such posi-
Black already had an equal game but
text has the purpose of preventing ...a5 tions. Black prevents b2-b4 and also
White's next makes his life even easier. If
and ...Na6. prepares ...Na6-c5.
White had played 12.d5, then 12...Ne7
10~O-O ll.O-O 12.Nd3 Bg4 13.O Bd7
planning ...Nf5-d6. Black seems to have a good game.
White plans to support his pawns with Since C2-D does not help any of Whites
12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.Qh5
Og5 15.Oe2 Qh4 16.f4 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Bg4 ND-el-d3, when his attack becomes real- play, it is useful to Black.
If 7.e4 (instead of 7.e3), then 7...dxe4
and Black must be satisfied with the 8.Nxe4 h6 8.Nxf6 + Bxf6 9.Bxf6 (9.Be3 ly dangerous. But right now I have time 14.Qb3 Na6 15.Qc3
After this move equality is reached by
results of the opening. It seems that e5!) 9...Qxf6 10.Qd2 Bd7 preparing According to theory, Black's position to counterattack. Of course not 15.Qxb7 Rfb8, and the
simple means.
7Bxf6 freed Black from the majority of O-O-O and Black must be okay. 5~Bxd2+6.Qxd2 is quite solid in this line. We would like Il_c6!? 12.Nel a5 13.a3 cxd5 14.cxd5 Queen is trapped.
his problems. 5...g6!? deserves close attention! After 6.Nbxd2 do 7.Bd3 e5 the game is to add some ideas and games for those of Bd7! 15...b6 16.b3 Nc5 17^3 Nh5

18 19
Also interesting was 17...Ra7!? with 15*3 Bd6 16.Nb5 g5 a5!?
43.Kg3 Kfa6 44.Rb3 Kh5 45.Rb4 Ra3 + I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4*3 d5 26*xb4 Nd7 27.Qd3 Ne5 28.Qxd4 Ra8
the idea of meeting 18.b3-b4by 18...Nxd3 If White can play up his g-pawn, why I wanted to achieve two things when I
46.Kg2 g5 47.Rb8 Ra2 + 48.Kgl Kb4 5xxd5 exd5 6.Bg2 Bb4+ 7Bd2 a5 29.h3 Ra2 30.R12 Ra3 31.Ree2 Rd3
l9.Oxd3 axb4 2O.axb4 Rfa8! The text can't Black do the same? played this move. First, to protect the
49.Rb3 g4 5O.Rc3 Re2 51.Ra3 f4 52.Ra8 8.O-O O-O 9.Bf4 Ne4 10*3 Be7 ll.Ne5 32.Qal Rc8 33.c5 Qg5 34.NG NxO
prepares ...Qg5 and ...f7-f5. 17.Nxd6 cxd6! 18.Bg3 Ne8 Bishop so that in case of 9.d4-d5 I could
Kg5 53.Rg8+ KJ5 54.RT8 + Ke4 55.Ra8 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 c6 13*4 Bb4 14.Bf4 Qb6 35.RxO Rxf3 36.KxD Qh5+ 37.KC dxc5
18.Nb2 Qg5 19.b4 Na6 2O.Rael With the idea of playing ...f7-5. respond 9...Ne5 with a fair game. Second,
K 56.Ral 0-1 (White lost on time.) 15.Bcl Re8 16.e3 BI5 17.Na3 Bd6 18.Nc2 38.bxc5 Qxh3 39.Qd4 h5 4O.Rd2 Ra8
Adianto avoided another trap. If With fair play for Black (Rashkovsky). if 9.a3 then 9...Bxc3 10.Bxc3 a4. One
Qc7 19.Nel Qd7 2O.f3 Nf6 21.Nd3 h5 41.Qe3 Ral 42.Qe2 Kh7 43.f6 gxf6 44x5
2O.bxa5 bxaf 21.0xa5?, then 21...Qe3 + I support that recommendation. more thing here. Since Black has to play
#2 GM Alexey Dreev (2605)-IM 22.Nf2 Re7 23.Rel Rae8 24.Bd2 Qc7 Qh2+ 45.KO Ra3 + 46.Rd3 Qxe2 +
22.Rf2 Nc5 and Wliite is in trouble. ...e6-e5 sooner or later he must take care
Georgi Orlov, New York Open 1990 25.Re2 h4 26.Qel hxg3 27.hxg3 Bxg3 47.Kxe2 Rxd3 48.Kxd3 fxe5 49.Ke4 f6
20...15 21xxf5 Bxf5 22.Ne4 Qh6 23.Nd3 I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4*3 Bb4 + of Nc3-d5, when the Bb4 needs protec-
tion. I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 28.Bxa5 0-1 50.KI5 Kg7 0-1
The greedy 23.bxa5 bxa5 24.Qxa5 5.Bd2 Qe7 6.Nc3
would have been punished again, this B) 6...Bxc3 7.Bxc3 Ne4 9.Qc2 e5 lO.dxeS 5.Qc2 d6 6*3 Bxc3 + 7.Qxc3 O-O 8.e3 a5
The active 10.d5 met by 10...Nd4! and 9.b3 Re8 10.Bb2 e5 ll.Qc2 Bg4 12.d5 Nb8 #6 Kent Pullen (2100)-IM Georgi #10 GM Yasser Seirawan-IM Georgi
time by 24...Nc5 25.Qc3 Bxe4 26.fxe4
Black is fine. 13.Be2 Na614.O-O Bh515.Bc3 Nc5 I6.b4 Oriov, Tacoma 1991 Orlov, Tacoma (G/30) 1991
Rxfl + 27.Rxfl Nf6 28.Rel Rb8! and
10...Nxe5 ll.Bg5 Bxc3 12.Qxc3 h6?! Bg6 17.Qdl Nfe418.Bb2 Na6 19.Qb3 Bh5 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4*3 Bb4 + I.d4 Nfo 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4.Bf4 Bb4 +
Black has strong pressure.
2O.Qc2 f5 21.Bc3 Qf6 22.Rfcl Nxc3 5.Nbd2 d5 6*3 Be7 7.Qc2 dxc4 8.Qxc4 S.Nbd2 d6 6.e3 e5 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6
23.Qxc3 e4 24.Qxft> gxf6 25.Nd4 Bxe2 Qd5 9.Qxd5 exd5 10.b4 O-O ll.Bg2 Bf5 9.d5 Bxd2+ 10.Nxd2 Nb8 ll.Bd3 O-O
The Knight has nothing to do on a6 any
26.Nxe2 axb4 27.Nd4 bxa3 28.Rxa3 Nc5 12.O-O a5 13.b5 Na7 14*4 c6 I5.bxc6 12.O-O Na6 13*3 e4 14.Nxe4 Qxb2
24.c5 axb4 25*xb4 bxc5 26.bxc5 Bxe4 29.Rcal Ra6 3O.Nxf5 Rea8 31.Rxa6 Rxa6 Nxc6 16.Bb2 Rac8 17.Rfcl Nb4 18.Nel 15.Rbl Qe5 16.f4 Qe7 17.f5 f6 18.RT4 Nc5
27.Rxe4 Ra2 32.Rxa6 bxa6 33.KJ1 a5 34.Nd4 Nd3 Rxcl 19.Bxcl Rc8 20x3 Nc2 21.Nxc2 Rxc2 19*4 Bd7 2O.Qd2 b6 21.Ng3 Rae8 22.Rel
35.Nb5 Ne5 36.Na3 KT7 37.Ke2 Ke7 38.O 22.e4 dxe4 23.Nfl Be6 24.Ne3 Rc7 25.Bd2 Qe5 23.BI1 a6 24x4 b5 25xxb5 Bxb5
And Black has achieved fair
exO+ 39*xG f5 4O.f4 Ng4 41.h3 NR> Bb4 26.Bxb4 axb4 27.Rbl b3 28.G Rc3 26.Bxb5 axb5 27.Rbl Ra8 28.RD Nxe4
I.d4 Nf6 2.^ Nc6 3.NO e6 4*3 Bb4 + 42.Nb5 a4 43.Kd3 Ne4 44.h4 Kf6 45.Nxc7 29.102 Rd3 3O.d5 Bxd5 31.Nxd5 Nxd5 29.Qb2 Qxd5 3O.Qxb5 Qd4 + 31.Kg2 Ng5
5.Bd2 Qe7 a3 46.Kc2 Nd2 47x5 Nc4 48.Kh> dxc5 32.fxe4 Nc3 33.Rel b2 34.Bfl Rdl 0-1 32.Rd3 Qxg4 33.Qd5 + Kh8 34.Re3 Rae8
II.6.Nc3 49.d6 Nxd6 50.Nd5+ Kg6 51.KxaJ h6 35.Rbel Re5 36.Qc6 Kh7 37.Qxc7 Qh3 +
52.Ne7 + Kh5 53.Ng8 Nc4 + 54.Ka4 Nxe3 #7 John Graves (2150)-IM Georgi 38.Khl NO 0-1
Here we would like to address the 55.Kb5 c4 56.Kb4 Kg6 57.Kc3 Ng2 Orlov, Tacoma 1991
game Khalifman-Adams, Groningen 58.Kxc4 Nxh4 59.Kd4 h5 6O.Ne7 + Kf7 I.d4 Nf6 2.NO e6 3x4 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bb4 #11 Richard Gutman (2190)-IM Georgi
1991. 61.Nc6 Ng2 62.Ke5 Ne3 63.Nd4 Kg6 5.Qc2 d6 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bd2 O-O 8*3 Bxc3 Oriov, Portland 1991
12...Re8 would have been better. 64.ND Ng2 65.Nd4 h4 66.Nxf5 h3 67.Ng3 9.Bxc3 Qe7 10.e3 a5 11.b3 e5 12.d5 Nb8 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4*3 d5
ftH4 :14i- H S.Rcl d6 9.Bg2 Nxc3
Black has prepared everything for 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.Rfdl h2 68.R + Kg5 69.f6 Nh4 7O.i7 Ng6 + 13.Be2 c614.dxc6 Nxc6 15.O-O Bg4 16.r>4 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.e3 O-O
...e6-e5, so it's time for the Bishop to dis- Draw agreed. 71.Ke4 Kg4 72.NH1 Kh3 73.Ke3 Kg2 Rfc8 17.Rfdl Qe6 lX.Bel axb4 19*xb4 9.Bd3 a6 10.O-O dxc4 ll.Bxc4 e5 12.dxe5
appear. Another possibility, 9...0-0, Objectively White was slightly better. 74.NI2 Draw Rxal 2O.Rxal e4 21.Nd4 Nxd4 22.exd4 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.Qh5 Qg5 15.Qe2
would give White some extra options like Interesting was 9...h6!? instead of 9...c5 Bxe2 23.Qxe2 Qxc4 24.Qe3 Re8 25.Rdl Qh4 16.F4 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Bg4 18.QI2
10.d5!? Nxc3 ll.Rxc3 Nb8 12.dxe6 with a with the idea of preventing Bd2-g5 in #3 GM Michael Rohde-IM Georgi Nd5 26.Qa3 e3 27.Qd3 e2 0-1 Qxf2 + 19.KxT2 Rad8 20.HJ Bf5 21.Radl
slightly better game. similar lines. The position is rich in pos- Orlov, World Open 1991 b5 22.Be2 Bc2 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Rcl Be4
10.Rxc3 e5 Il.d5 Nb8 12.O-O O-O sibilities. I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 #8 Scoville (2014HM Georgi Orlov. 25x4 c6 26.BD BxO 27.KxD Rd3 28xxb5
White has finished his development We would like to emphasize that all the 5.Bg5 h6 6.BH4 g5 7.Bg3 Ne4 8.Rcl d5 Washington Open 1991 cxb5 29.Ral 15 3O.Ra2 KT7 31.Ke2 Rb3
and now prepares some action on the positions analyzed above are full of undis- 9.e3 h5 10.h3 Nxg3 Il.fxg3 Bd6 12.KC h4 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4*3 d6 32*4 Ke6 33*4 b434*xf5 + Kxf535.Rc2
This answer we consider the most un- queenside. covered possibilities and anybody may 13.g4 Bg3+ U.kgl a6 15.Ne2 Bd6 16x5 5.Nc3 Be7 6.e3 O-O 7.Bd3 e5 8.d5 Nb8 Ke4 36.Rc4+ Kd5 37.Rc7 Ra3 38.Rxg7
pleasant for Black because it limits 13.Nd2 a5 14.c5 find something new. So what are you Bf8 17*3 Qf6 18.Bg2 hxg3 19.Nxg3 Bd7 9.b3 c6 10.dxc6 Nxc61 l.O-O h6 12.hJ Be6 Rxa4 39.Rd7+ Ke640.Rh7a5 4l.Rxh6 +
Black's counterplay. Considered as the best before this waiting for? Go ahead, the Knights are 2O.Qd2 O-O-O 21.b4 e5 22.Rfl exd4 13.Bb2 d5 14xxd5 Nxd5 15.Nxd5 Qxd5 Kd5 42.Kd3 Ra3+ 43.Kc2 a4 44.Ra6
Theory considers now A) 6...d5 and game. ready, amigos! 23.Nxd4 Qe5 24.Ngf5 f6 25*4 a5 26.Nxc6 16.Bc4 Qxdl H.Rfxdl Bxc4 18.bxc4 f6 Rc3+ 45.Kd2 a3 46.R Kc4 47.f6 Rd3 +
also B) 6...Bxc3 7.Bxc3 Ne4 here. 14.JSa6!? Games bxc6 27.Nd4 Re8 28.RD 1-0 (Black lost in 19.Rd7b620.RadlRfd821.Rxd8+ Rxd8 48.Kcl Rxe3 49.F7 RI3 50.Ra7 Kb3 51.h4
After A) 6...d5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bg2 O-O The naive 14...dxc5 is met by 15.Nb3 time trouble) 22.Rxd8+ Bxd8 23.101 Kf7 24.Ke2 Na5 a2 52.h5 RxH 0-1
9.O-O GM Nukhim Rashkovsky recom- and if 15...b6?? then 16.d6. #1 John Graves (2150)-IM Georgi 25.Nd2 Be7 26x4 Ke6 27.Kd3 g6 28*4
mended . . . 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.Nc4 Qd8! Orlov, Tacoma 1991 #4 Paul Shannon (2146)-IM Georgi Bc5 29.0 Kd7 30*4 Bb4 31.Bc3 Bxc3 #12 Yuri Repkin (2143HM Georgi
9...Bg4 This is the point of Black's defense. I.d4 Nf6 2.ND e6 3.c4 Nc6 4*3 d5 5.e3 Orlov, World Open (G/30) 1991 32.Kxc3 Nb7 33.Nb3 Kc6 34.Kd3 Nc5 + Orlov, San Diego Open 1992
Black has brought all his pieces into Now 17.Qb3 is met by 17...Nc5 and if g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Bd3 O-O 8.O-O a6 9.Bd2 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4*3 Bb4 + 35.Nxc5 Kxc5 36.Kc3 g5 37.Kb3 a6 38.Kc3 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4.Nc3 Bb4
play. Now he threatens simply ...Bxf3 and 18.0b6 Na4! 19.Qxd8 Rxd8 2O.Rb3, then dxc4 10.Bxc4 b5 ll.Bd3 e5 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.Bd2 Qe7 6.Bg2 Bxd2 + 7.Qxd2 Ne4 a5 0-l 5.e3 d6 6.Qc2 O-O 7*3 Bxc3 + 8.Qxc3 a5
...Nxd4. 20...b5! and if 21.Rxb5, Black plays 13.dxe5 Qxd3 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.QG Bg7 8.Qc2 Qb4 + 9.Nbd2 Nxd2 10.Qxd2 Qxc4 9.b3 e5 10.Bb2 Re8 11.Rdl Qe7 12.Be2
10.Bg5 Rad8 11.hJ Bh5 12*4 Bg6 21...Ba6 22.Rxa5 Bxc4 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 16.Qxa8 Qxd2 17.Nd5 Be6 18.Ne7+ Kh8 ll.O-O Qb4 12.Qg5 O-O 13.Qe3 Qe7 #9 M. Pendergast (2100)-IM Georgi Ne4 13.Qc2 Bf5 14.BdJ exd4 15.Nxd4
13.Racl h6 14.Bh4 24.b3 Bxe2! 19.Qxa6 Qxb2 2O.Rabl Qf6 2t.Nc6 Bc4 14*3 d6 15.b4a6 16.Rfcl Re8 17.Qc3 Bd7 Oriov, Portland 1991 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 c5 17.Bb2 Qg5 18.O-O Bg6
This clarifies why White has actually 17*3 b5 18.Nd2 Bd7 22.Rfdl Qg5 23.Rbcl Be2 24.Nd4 Bxdl 18*4 Rec8 19x4 a5 2O.b5 Nb4 21.Qd2 c6 I.d4 Nf6 2x4 Nc6 3.ND e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 19.Rfel Qe7 20J3 Ng5 21.e4 f6 22.Qd2
played g3-g4. The bishop can step back Black is obviously doing fine. 25.Rxdl Bxd4 26.Rxd4 Qc5 27*3 Kg7 5.Qc2 d6 6*3 Bxc3 + 7.Qxc3 O-O 8.bJ e5
22.e5 dS 23.Bn bo 24.bxc6 Rxc6 25JMel Qc7 23.Bc2 Rad8 24.f4 NH 25*4 b6 26.h4
and keep up the pressure on the h4-d8 28.Qa5 Qcl + 29.Kg2 Qc6 + 3O.Kgl Ra8
Rac8 26.Nd3 Nc2 27.Rabl Nxd4 28.Rxc6 9.d5 Nb8 10*3 c6 Il.dxc6 Nxc6 12.Bg2 b6 27.Qg2 Re7 28.Rd5 Rde8 29.QO Qc8
diagonal. There is one more way recently tried in 31Qd2 Rxa3 32.Qb2 Qc3 33.Qxb5 c5
NG + 0-1 Bg4 13x3 Ne4 14.Qc2 Nc5 15.O-O a5 30.KK2 Bh7 31.Kg3 Re6 32*5 hxg5
14...Be4!? Benjamin-Orlov, American Openl991. 34.RdS Ral + 35.Kg2 Qcl 36.Rxc5 Qgl +
16.Nd2 Q(6 17.Bb2 Bf5 18x4 Bd7 19.f4 33.hxg5 fxg5 34.Qc3 gxf4 + 35.Kxf4 Ne5
The d8-Rook makes a difference here. I.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.NO e6 4*3 Bb4 + 37.KH3 QxG 38.Qc4 Qxe3 39.Qc3 + Qxc3
#5 SM M. Appleberry-IM Georgi Qh6 2O.Rael Rae8 21.Bc3 Bh3 22.f5 Bxg2 36.Ke3 Rf6 37.Bdl Bxe4 38.Kxe4 QfF +
White could not capture the e4-Bishop! 5.Bd2 Qe7 6.Nc3 O-O!? 7.Bg2 d6 8. O-O 4O.Rxc3 h5 41*4 hxg4 + 42.Kxg4 f5 +
Orlov, Seattle 1991 23.Kxg2 Nd4 24.Bxd4 exd4 25.b4 axb4 39.Ke3 Nxc4 mate
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