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Wilkes Barre for the Right Reasons

Wilkes Barre for the Right Reasons

Oct 11, 2016, 7:54 PM 15

I've been too busy with work the last month to play seriously or blog, but I was inspired by a chess word in the news today. There was a big Trump rally in Wilkes Barre PA, which I hadn't even realized was a place. I had only known it as the American name of the Traxler variation, one of the most exciting openings of my youth. According to Wikipedia, it's named after the area where some amateur players analyzed the line deeply. In the modern era of high powered engines I don't trust the variation for anything more than blitz, but I ventured it in a few tournament games back in the day. This one is the most interesting, and I don't think either side's play can be improved after move 6.

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