The Master's Bulletin August 2013

Aug 1, 2013, 12:00 AM 14,201 Reads 1 Comment Opening Theory


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   Topical Theory


9.d4 Bg4 10.Be3 in the Ruy Lopez, Part 2 by GM Jan Smeets

This is the second and final part of GM Jan Smeets' coverage of 9.d4 in the Ruy Lopez, the move that allows 9...Bg4 but has been tried by several World Champions nonetheless. At the end, Smeets includes a game he won with 9.d4 shortly after finishing this article! [Full Article in PDF & PGN]


7...Na6 in the Gruenfeld, Russian System by GM Victor Mikhalevski

Garry Kasparov's favourite answer to the Russian System (4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4) was the move 7...Na6, and he played several games with it in his matches with Anatoly Karpov. At the Beijing Grand Prix, the knight move resurfaced![Full Article in PDF & PGN]


Nakamura's Veresov by GM Melikset Khachiyan (in cooperation with IM Danny Rensch)

The Veresov is quite popular at club level, but "you'll never see the top guns give it a go". Well, Hikaru Nakamura disagrees! The American grandmaster has played it five times this year, once even in a classical game![Full Article in PDF & PGN]

   In the News


Mamedyarov Wins Beijing Grand Prix; Topalov qualifies for Candidates

In what was an excellent summer for the Azerbaijani, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the fifth FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing, shortly after he took first place in two rapid events. Alexander Grischuk finished second and shared third came Peter Leko and Veselin Topalov, who has now secured victory in the overall FIDE Grand Prix with one tournament to go.


L.A. Resolution for Vishy Anand

Los Angeles city councilman Paul Krekorian introduced a resolution on behalf of Viswanathan Anand during the Indian's visit to Southern California in July 2013. Anand joined coaching activities and gave a simul; one board was against the World via's "Voting Chess" platform.


Mekhitarian Wins Death Match #15

Regning Brazilian Champion GM Krikor Sevag Mekihitarian won's Death Match 16 by a score of 13-10 over GM Robert Hungaski. Mekhitarian started well with four straight wins early on, and afterwards Hungaski said: "Those four games definitely came back to haunt me." The match saw some fascinating and instructive endgames!

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