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Grefe-Mednis, US Championship 1973, and a ‘deep idea’

The latest issue of The New Winawer Report has been posted on the Winawer page. This one covers the positional lines, in which Black tries the setup … Ba4 and … c4, recommended in several recent books: Vitiugov, Moskalenko, and … Continue reading

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‘The Ultimate Main Line of the Winawer Poisoned Pawn’

The theory of the Winawer Poisoned Pawn has built up over decades into such a dense and complex thicket that it requires something out of the ordinary for any variation to be called by the impressive title above. But this … Continue reading

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Pickett’s Charge

The latest issue of The New Winawer Report has been posted on the Winawer page. This deals with a side line in the Poisoned Pawn, which was the subject of new analysis in Emanuel Berg’s new volume on the 7 … Continue reading

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Samuel Beckett and the Armstrong Cup

“Samuel Beckett’s obsession with chess: how the game influenced his work” runs the headline of a recent article in the Guardian by Stephen Moss, which continues “Chess was one of Samuel Beckett’s great obsessions, touching everything from Murphy to Endgame.” … Continue reading

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Two Side Lines

Emanuel Berg’s The French Defence Volume 2 arrived last month: 304 pages of ‘Grandmaster Repertoire’-style discussion on the Winawer with 7. Qg4, covering both the Poisoned Pawn and the 7. … 0-0 line. I can’t really give a full review … Continue reading

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The Alekhine (or Maróczy) Gambit Accepted–Modern Version

Issue 12 of The New Winawer Report has now been posted on the Winawer page. It continues the discussion in last month’s issue of the gambit lines in the Alekhine (or Maróczy) Gambit. This month starts from the diagrammed position, … Continue reading

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The Alekhine (or Maróczy) Gambit Accepted

It’s strange how the same move in the same position can have drastically varying meanings and interpretations in different games. The classic example is a sharp and startling innovation, successfully and tenaciously defended over the board and ending in a … Continue reading

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‘A Famous Old Line’

This month marks 60 years since the tournament at Venice 1953, and the game Paoli-Schmid, in a then-critical variation of the Winawer. Schmid uncorked a startling innovation, forcing White to sacrifice an exchange, reaching the diagrammed position. Black, to move, … Continue reading

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Winawer Praxis

This month’s issue of The New Winawer Report, now posted on the tnwr page, considers two games from the past few months, each featuring lines covered in previous issues. The first, Rimkus-Rekhtman, WS/M/428 ICCF corr 2013, is in a sacrificial … Continue reading

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Williams-Collins, Cork Masters 2013

The Quality Chess blog has a post today (“Bored to Death?”) covering Simon Williams’ win against Sam Collins at the Cork Masters this year. The starting point for the post is the diagrammed position, rather a simple-looking one, with Sam, … Continue reading

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