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The Labyrinth: Enter at your own risk!

I’m still undecided on whether to continue

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The Tait: a remedy

The final issue of volume 2 of The New Winawer Report has been posted. This continues from last time, covering Black’s options against the Tait variation, shown in the diagram. The last issue covered the former main line defence 16 … Continue reading

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Election time!

The recent election for the House of Commons was dramatic and unexpected, and the campaign was fiercely contested. But did it measure up to the drama of elections of yore? The prominent Dublin barrister Richard Armstrong (1815-1880) was the father … Continue reading

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Trouble in the Tait

The latest issue of The New Winawer Report has (finally) been posted. This issue considers the Tait variation, which starts with the position at right, with Black to move. The correspondence player (and now CC Senior International Master) Jonathan Tait … Continue reading

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Into the Labyrinth—II

The latest issue of The New Winawer Report has (finally!) been posted. It continues from the last issue’s discussion of the 13. Qxc3 line, where 16. … f6, long one of Black’s main defences, is in serious difficulties. The situation … Continue reading

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“A French Labyrinth”

“A French Labyrinth” was an article by Timman in New in Chess 1997/7, concerning the 13. Qxc3 variation in the (traditional) main line of the Poisoned Pawn. This leads to some of the most complicated and difficult lines in the … Continue reading

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First impressions and second thoughts

The latest issue of The New Winawer Report has now been posted. This one concerns the new main line of the Poisoned Pawn, where Black plays … dxc3 instead of … Bd7, and follows with 12. … d4 (diagram). Theory … Continue reading

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Winawer Praxis—III

The latest issue of The New Winawer Report has been posted (and not before time!). This one again covers some recent games in theoretical lines. This time the games are taken from this year’s Irish championship, which featured a feast … Continue reading

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‘The Wild Variation’

The latest issue of The New Winawer Report has now been posted. This is the first issue that deals with the 7 … 0-0 line, covering what Kindermann & Dirr call the ‘Wild Variation’ 8. Nf3 f5 9. exf6 Rxf6 … Continue reading

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Winawer Praxis—II

This month’s issue of The New Winawer Report, now posted on the tnwr page, returns to the theme of recent games, with three games from the past few months, each featuring lines covered in previous issues. The first features the … Continue reading

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