In this week's radio show we discover that Black is more than OK, if our featured games are anything to go by. Check out:
McShane,L (2615) - Aronian,L (2744) [C88]
Bundesliga 2006-7 Porz GER (8), 03.02.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.a3 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nbd2 Nc6 13.Nf1 Bc8 14.Bg5
A classical Spanish duel.
Marzolo,C (2472) - Apicella,M (2534) [A40]
TCh-FRA Top 16 GpB Chalons en Champagne FRA (1), 09.02.2007
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Bd2 a5 4.e4 d5 5.e5 Ne7!?
From the ferociously strong French League, an unusual Queen's Pawn.
Rothuis,V (2413) - Tiviakov,S (2667) [B01]
TCh-NED 2006-7 Netherlands NED (5), 03.02.2007
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.g3 Bg4 7.Bg2 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.b3 0-0 10.Bb2 Na6 11.Qe2 Rad8
Once again we see Tiviakov stubbornly and successfully defending with the Scandinavian.
B. G. Laws, 1881, First Prize
White to play and mate in three moves
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White to play and draw
Solution: 1.Nf7!! [1.Ng6? h3 2.Nf4 h2 3.Ne2+ Kd2! and Black gains vital time. 4.Ng3 Ke1 5.Kd6 Kf2 6.Nh1+ Kg2 7.Ke5 Kxh1 8.Kf4 Kg2] 1...h3 2.Ng5 h2 3.Ne4+ Kd4 [3...Kc2 4.Ng3! Kd1 5.Kd6 Ke1 6.Ke5=] 4.Nf2 Kc3 5.Kd6 Kd2 6.Ke5 Ke2 7.Nh1 Kf3 8.Kd4 Kg2 9.Ke3 Kxh1 10.Kf2 ½-½. A brilliant minimalist study from Grigoriev.
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