Dennis Monokroussos writes: Congratulations to Joop van Oosterom! It’s nice to see someone who has given to our great game (he’s the sponsor of the famous annual Melody Amber tournaments) have success as a player as well. And it’s hard to get more successful than becoming world champion; world correspondence champion, to be precise. Van Oosterom recently won the 18th Championship by a significant margin (some players are still going, but no one can come closer than 1.5 points behind him), and no opening line was more instrumental to his success than the English Attack of the Najdorf Sicilian – with both colors.
This week, we’ll take a look at one of those English Attack games; in particular, his win with White against Dr. Manfred Nimtz. The game is amazingly sharp, and although it was Nimtz who sprung the first new move, van Oosterom was ready, finding a staggering and deep idea on move 23 that must have turned Nimtz’s evaluation of his novelty upside down.
It’s a great game, a full one, and of theoretical significance to boot. What more could any chess fan want? See you soon!
Dennis Monokroussos' Radio ChessBase lectures begin on Mondays at 9 p.m. EDT, which translates to 02:00h GMT, 03:00 Paris/Berlin, 13:00h Sydney (on Tuesday). Other time zones can be found at the bottom of this page. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.
Dennis Monokroussos is 38, lives in South Bend, IN (the site of the University of Notre Dame), and is writing a Ph.D. dissertation in philosophy (in the philosophy of mind) while adjuncting at the University.
He is fairly inactive as a player right now, spending most of his non-philosophy time being a husband and teaching chess. At one time he was one of the strongest juniors in the U.S., but quit for about eight years starting in his early 20s. His highest rating was 2434 USCF, but he has now fallen to the low-mid 2300s – "too much blitz, too little tournament chess", he says.
Dennis has been working as a chess teacher for seven years now, giving lessons to adults and kids both in person and on the internet, worked for a number of years for New York’s Chess In The Schools program, where he was one of the coaches of the 1997-8 US K-8 championship team from the Bronx, and was very active in working with many of CITS’s most talented juniors.
When Dennis Monokroussos presents a game, there are usually two main areas of focus: the opening-to-middlegame transition and the key moments of the middlegame (or endgame, when applicable). With respect to the latter, he attempts to present some serious analysis culled from his best sources (both text and database), which he has checked with his own efforts and then double-checked with his chess software.
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