Queen's Gambit Accepted: Jussupow Faces Miles' Early Queen Move

Queen's Gambit Accepted: Jussupow Faces Miles' Early Queen Move‎

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1 | Opening Theory

Artur Yusupov or Jussupow (pictured) was born February 13,1960 in Moscow, USSR. He won the World Junior Championship in 1977. He became an international master in 1977 and an international grandmaster in 1980. He came first in the Tunis IZ 1985 and tied for first in the Montpellier Candidates 1985. He was a candidate in 1986, 1989, and 1992 reaching the semifinal each time. With his coach, Mark Dvoretsky, the Dvoretsky-Yusupov Chess School was established. Yusupov has seconded Anand and Leko in their championship drives. He has been living in Germany.

His opponent in this game is Tony Miles. For a brief biographical sketch see: http://www.chess.com/article/view/tony-miles---the-first-native-born-british-grandmaster

The opening is the Queen's Gambit Accepted. Miles, as Black, played an early Qc7. He tried this in four games, but scored 2 draws and 2 losses. These games are included with additional games. They illustrate the issues of Black's development in this line which features an early c5 and Qc7 played before Nf6. In the Queen's Gambit Accepted dxc4 is played by Black. This commits Black and limits White. Black is selecting the opening, but in a sense losing a tempo if White gets to play Bxc4 in one move, instead of two. However, Black prevents White from playing cxd5, which occurs in various openings such as variations of the Queen's Gambit Declined. Among these are the Exchange Variation, the Tartakower, the Semi-Tarrasch, and the latter's e4-twin, the Caro-Kann Panov Attack (see my article of last week). The tempo lost by Black is sometimes recovered when Black gets a6 and b5 in striking at the bishop on c4. However, White can preemptively respond to a6 with Bb3 permitting a4 to answer if Black plays b5. Bb3 is then a waiting move that withholds information - another move.

In this game, Miles was trying to use Qc7, not a6 and b5 with the idea of Bb7, against the bishop on c4 and X-ray the bishop on c1. In some illustrative games, Black had counterplay. Often, White had a serious lead in development and Black's loss of time prevented his king from finding security, further impeding development.

Possibly, Miles had a way out with 21...Bf6. I offer an improvement to Jussupow's note.

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