December issue of ‘Budapest Chess News’ is out!
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The December issue contains a mixture of interesting games and positions from recent events as well as opening theory. The tournaments covered in this issue are:
–Balaton Open A Heviz (with Banusz)
–Governor’s Cup (with superstar Leko)
–Mitropa Cup ( with Rapport,R; Prohaszka,P; Nagy,G; Horvath,P and Bokros,A)
–SPICE Invitational (with Boros,D)
–Budapest Team Ch (Rakosliget Rd3)
Banusz struck first with 19…Rxf3! After 20.Qxf3 Qxh2-ch 21.Kf1 Qh1-ch! 22.Ke2 White seems to be out of trouble. BUT Banusz uncorked 22…Nh2!! , giving Black a very strong attack. You will have to download the magazine to see how the game ended (Black won!)
The december issue also contains some interesting theoretical opening articles and key games that go along with it. There is an introduction to the 7.Be3 line in the Grunfeld, based on Kasparov’s games. As well as the latest games in the Grunfeld in the latest TWIC magazines.
Plus there is an article on the Guimard variation in the French Tarrasch (also known as the Berkes-Guimard variation in Budapest(!), probably because of Hungarian GM Berkes’ contribution to this little known line):
The justification for blocking the black c-pawn with 3…Nc6 is a swift counterattack on White’s centre after the awkward 3.Nd2.
There was a time when I was thinking of including the Guimard into my repetoire (cerca 1979) and I experimented (successfully) in Montreal tournaments. But Sicilian players rarely stray from home for long….and soon enough I was back at my first true love!
However, after playing over Berkes’ games in this issue I am re-considering including the Guimard into my repetoire! The defence is really quite active.
This position has been known for more than 70 years, but theory has never really taken it very seriously, preferring to investigate 3…c5 or 3…Nf6. This may change in the near future. Black is threatening to undermine White’s centre with …f6, and if PxP then Qxf6! challenges White to hold things together while Black continues Bd6 and castles short; often …e5 comes in with strong effect.
It is not easy to find a way for White to get an edge, let alone a comfortable position. Black has a lot of resources in the above position.
I invite the reader to take a look at the games that Michael presents in his coverage of this rare line of the French. The download is free!