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|What is New in Theory? (Oct. 2013)|
|Written by chessbibliophile|
|Friday, 01 November 2013 10:28|
In the current column on ChessPublishing.com Chessbibliophile draws to your attention to Carlsen’s last theoretical battles weeks before the World Championship Match.
Don’t miss the videos at the end of the article-Ed.
“What will he play?” my friend, Max asked. Does anyone know? Carlsen’s repertoire for the World Championship remains a closely guarded secret.
Last month he participated in the Sinquefield Cup Tournament for a bit of net practice and finished first, with an emphatic score, 4-5/6 ahead of Nakamura, Kamsky and Aronian.
Round after round he experimented and improvised over the board.
In his month’s update on e4 e5 openings Viktor Mikhalevski analyses the Spanish Exchange Variation in the context of Kamsky-Carlsen game from the event.
Download the zipped file of the game here.
Carlsen did comment on this game in his blog:
In retrospect I think 9.Rd3 is still a good line in Spanish Exchange Variation if you are looking for a good endgame with White. Black will have to know his theory, sacrificing the e-pawn with…0-0 and starting counterplay on the kingside. On his part White needs to keep his rook on the third rank, combining attack and defence. If both sides treat it correctly, it fizzles out to be a draw. So my conclusion is a bit different from Mikhalevski’s who prefers 9.Nbd2 in this variation.
But what about Black? You can trip up White with good old 5…Bg4!?
In the game above I have indicated just one line from the ebook on Spanish at ChessPublishing.com. There is more in their games collection.
Among other updates I would pick David Vigorito’s column on the King’s Indian. One of the highlights is the Carlsen-Nakamura battle from the same Sinquefield Cup. Nakamura was the only player to present anything like a serious challenge to Carlsen in this tournament.
In his blog Carlsen wrote:
Last but not least is Tony Kosten’s survey on Two Knights’ Defence, an opening that became a principled battleground between Steinitz and Tschigorin. Ever since the war has gone on with successors like Fischer and Kasparov carrying rival standards from time to time. There are some wonderful lines here. But I am not going to mention them as I am going to play in a tournament and my opponents may be reading this article. Why should I help them to use these lines against me?
One of our readers recently complained, ChessPublishing site is a pay site. It is, but there are free areas. Why not visit ChessPub and share some beer with friends? It’s on the House!
1)Watch the Kamsky-Carlsen game here.
Fine photography by Ms. Carmen Schuette and enjoyable videos at YouTube.
Our thanks to Mike Wilmering, St. Louis Chess Club who granted permission and Ms. Erica Kelly who communicated it to us.
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