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International Arbiter Alex McFarland looks at incidents arising from the recent London Classic and Hastings Congress where decisions had to be made with regard to clock management and scoresheet legibility. Even the tie-break rules at the London Classic came under discussion.
Readers are then invited to Find the Winning Moves in 18 positions taken from almost as many different openings, nearly all of which have not yet gone beyond a dozen moves. Knowledge of these opening traps might serve competitive players well in practical play.


On The Road to La Roda

The much travelled English grandmaster James Plaskett, now resident in Spain, takes us On The Road to La Roda where he finished half a point behind the winner, Armenian GM Karen Grigoryan, after playing a number of exciting games which he presents with some striking commentaries.


Don’t Laugh – It may happen to you!

IM Andrew Martin serves up two 6th move opening surprises – one against the King’s Indian and the other against the Sicilian. Though these moves look rather out of order, they are in fact fully capable of destroying both the position and the confidence of an unprepared opponent – which is why Andrew tells unbelievers: “Don’t Laugh – It may happen to you!”

Then it’s drinks all round from the sociable IM Gary Lane, who offers every BCM reader a Scotch on the Rocks, providing 100% proof that the line 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Bc5 5 Be3 Qf6 6 Nb5 obliges Black players to have their wits about them from the very first moves or else suffer a terrible hangover the next day. For example, in one principal line as early as move 10 both sides have already captured an enemy rook – White by Nxa8, Black by ...Qxh1. Not surprisingly the name of the game here is tactics, tactics, tactics...
IM Shaun Taulbut upholds Andras Adorjan’s credo Black is OK with analysis of a couple of grandmaster games in which the second player dictates the game right from the start with aggressive pawn play. Against the queen’s pawn, an early ...b7-b5, ...c7-c5 and ...d7-d5 leads to domination of the centre by Black, followed by a timely switch to a kingside attack. Then, against 1 e4, Peter Svidler’s Marshall Attack follows a similar course – and in both cases it is the black queen that led from the front.
Noam Manella, who is always on the look-out for the unusual and unorthodox in his column Hacktive Chess, puts on display examples of play where elite grandmasters deliberately incarcerate their own pieces. Of course, such apparently bizarre behaviour has an ulterior motive but nevertheless it really was rather cruel of Jan Timman to cast his own queen in the dungeon while he attended to more important business!
American chess trainer Pete Tamburro shares his considerable experience to show club players how to neutralise the fearsome Grand Prix Attack against the Sicilian. By cleverly switching the game to positional mode, he reveals how Black can patiently take advantage of White’s hasty aggression and enter an endgame in which his superior pawn structure will win the day.
Two excellent new books come under detailed review. Winning Chess Manoeuvres by Sarhan Guliev shows how we can all learn from past masters how to exploit positions displaying specific and recurring characteristics. As they say: there is nothing new under the sun! Then IM Jovanka Houska’s important monograph on the Caro-Kann Defence is given critical appreciation. There are not many women who have produced theoretical works on the chess openings, especially when they run to 406 pages as does Jovanka’s outstanding book!
Chess historian Alan Smith looks back to 50 Years Ago when teenagers Ray Keene and Bill Hartston became Britain’s youngest Olympic team members and when the USSR’s chess supremacy was already being undermined by the fearless Bent Larsen and Bobby Fischer. A win by the then Soviet champion, Leonid Stein, which has echoes of Anderssen’s ‘Immortal game’, is also featured, as well as an exemplary King’s Indian by Owen Hindle, then one of the strongest players in the UK.
Bearing in mind President Obama’s recent visit to England, young Theo Slade takes a timely look at the special relationship between the UK and the USA – but also the Culture Shock he experienced when playing in American chess tournaments. Be prepared for some surprises when you read this article!
GM Alexander Cherniaev shows great humility and objectivity by owning up to errors he has made when playing in London Rapidplay tournaments, where amateurs can meet – and even beat! – grandmasters.
Can you find a forced checkmate in 25 moves? Well, here’s a chance to find out by testing yourself with Richard Guerrero’s slightly modified version of a little known game played in Vienna a century ago.
Are you superstitous? Well, being the 13th official world chess champion, Garry Kasparov made no secret of the fact that 13 was his lucky number. On the other hand Magnis Carlsen has a negative feel about the number 3 – he harbours bad memories of repeatedly losing games in round three of tournaments! But enter Markus Ragger, who has brought chess numerology to a new level: Kasparov (13) x Carlsen (3) = 39. Oh yes, Austria’s leading player, on the verge of elite grandmasterdom, has every reason to look kindly on this number, as explained in the remarkable revelations contained within The Thirty Nine Steps.
Alan Smith makes a quick return with his Quotes and Queries column, identifying mix-ups due to closely resembling surnames, as with the three Laskers – Emanuel, Edward and Berthold. Even as recently as the Gibraltar tournament, a British chess reporter attributed the great game played by Anna Muzychuk against the strong French GM Laurent Fressinet to Anna’s sister Mariya. If you have ever been the victim of mistaken identity then you will surely have some empathy here.
For lovers of chess composition Ian Watson challenges readers to solve four spellbinding Endgame Studies and even try your hand at composing yourself! Meanwhile Christopher Jones travels to the far reaches of Problem World with an invitation for you to provide some assistance to your imaginary opponent by helping him to checkmate you!

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