The Modern Opening Way to Violate Old Rules

NM GreenLaser
Jun 21, 2008, 12:00 AM |
12 | Opening Theory

In the following game the white pieces were commanded by Josif Dorfman. He was born in Ukraine in 1952 and tied for first in the Soviet Championship with Boris Gulko in 1977. They came ahead of the likes of Petrosian, Tal, and Polugaevsky. A playoff between Dorfman and Gulko resulted in a score of 3-3 which allowed them to both retain the title. Dorfman went on to second Garry Kasparov in four world championhip matches against Karpov. Dorfman moved to France where he coached a nine year old named Etienne Bacrot, who would become the world's youngest GM. The player of the dark side was Oleg Romanishin, who was also born in Ukraine in 1952. He  finished second in the Soviet Championship of 1975. He became known for a number of opening lines. The game between these formidable players starts with the Modern Opening, but never reaches into the middle game. Some of the general principles that beginners learn seem to be violated. Black develops bishops before knights and keeps the king in the center. White has doubled pawns. The result is like a heavyweight boxing championship fight in that when a mistake is made an early knockout can easily happen.


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