A Heavy Theoretical Battle

by Efstratios Grivas
5/18/2024 – Two years ago Eftratios Grival, grandmaster and international chess trainer, published a large volume (520 pages, Thinkers Publishing), called ‘The Grivas Anti-Sicilian Bible’ – a necessary companion to ‘The Modernized Grivas Sicilian' (512 pages). In the 7th Sharjah Masters-Challengers Grivas had an opportunity to test his Sicilian – against a 15-year-old from India. A highly instructive battle ensued, one you'd do well to study.

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The 7th Sharjah Masters-Challengers-Futures (three sections as per rating) annual event of the Sharjah Emirate, United Arab Emirates, is under way: 14-23.05.2024. During the previous three editions I was acting as the organising force behind it, but this year I am not involved in the organisation, so I decided to play, mostly for fun! I was just eligible for the Challengers, as due to age and some health problems, I have dropped quite a few points!

In the first round I faced a 15-years-old Indian junior and I thought I would have more or less an easy game, with an expected win. My opponent entered a heavy theoretical battle, and although he faced some difficulties, he defended quite well, giving little chance to hope for the full point.

Well Indian boys (and girls!) are coming from everywhere and with their working attitude and resistance, they should go even further! I believe that very soon we will have a second dynasty of World Champions from India, following the dynasty of the Soviet Union!

Here's my game against the young Indian talent [click on the moves to get a replayer]:

Efstratios (30.03.1966) is a highly experienced chess trainer and chess author. He has been awarded by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) the titles of International Chess Grandmaster, FIDE Senior Trainer, International Chess Arbiter and International Chess Organiser.
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