In our third installment on the Rossolimo anti-sicilian, we turn to the variation 4.0-0. This move is probably the most common, since it rapidly develops white’s kingside and seeks information from black. When I play the Rossolimo with the white pieces, this is the variation that I favor. Below, I will outline a unique idea for white which might be objectively worse but has given me great practical chances over the board. Keeping in mind that all of the ideas presented in the earlier two posts are equally relevant here considering the wealth of transpositional possibilities in this variation, I would like to look at the following position as the main starting tabiya for this post. This position occurs after the moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Re1, when black has several moves at his disposal, though the two most common choices are either the solid e5, or the dynamic Nf6.
Tag: Luke Mcshane
Today at the London Classic, there was some interesting chess to say the least. I highly recommend following the games live and watching the fantastic video commentary and post-mortems here. Mcshane won again, this time winning with black in a Sicilian dragon against Nigel Short. The video commentary featured these two witty Brits going over their tactical melee, with mate threats and traps at every turn. Incredibly, Mcshane came out of the complications clearly better. Magnus bounced back today with a win in the English against Adams, while Howell found a nice fortress with the move 43.Rf4, and managed to hold Anand to a draw.
The story of the day though was Nakamura’s victory over Kramnik. Winning a piece on move 12! Kramnik did not get nearly enough compensation for the lost material, leaving us to wonder what went wrong? Unfortunately, these two have not shown up at the podium to give a live post-mortem analysis of the game. I’m so curious to know if this was simply an example of bad preparation, or did kramnik make an over the board blunder that Nakamura pounced on. I would also like to hear this story told from Nakamura’s side. Did he feel nervous taking a piece so early against Kramnik, with the black pieces? When a pgn file of the games is made available I will post them here, until then you can find them on chessbomb.
Update: Below are the games from the second round of the London Chess Classic.
The second annual London Chess Classic started today. The event is becoming one of my favorites, because of the top talent that shows up as well as the great coverage available in English. The fact that it’s held in a major western city also gives me hope that perhaps a similar event in NYC could become a possibility in the near future. Imagine: the “New York Times Classic,” or the”Goldman Sachs Masters.” There are certainly plenty of major corporate sponsors who would be willing and able to throw a few million dollars at such an event, if only there were some power broker in the chess world who could organize it.
In any case, last years London Classic was fantastic and this year promises to be even better. There is great commentary and live video feed here , and supposedly the Full English Breakfast crew will also be podcasting a show from this years event as well. I look forward to hearing their self-deprecating banter and commentary on the games.