A sharp Four Pawns Attack

by Jonathan Speelman
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Speelman's Agony #102

This week's game is by Goran Tomic, a Montenigran FIDE Master and chess organizer who runs “Third Saturday” tournaments in Djenovici.

TomicEcstasy only this week — Goran sent me just a single game from the Montenegran league fifteen years ago. It features a very sharp opening battle which effectively concluded when his opponent blundered, allowing a line which gave Goran a big advantage.

The position remained complicated though and one of the best things is how calm Goran remained — or at the very least how calm his moves remained — as he quietly improved his pieces and exchanged off when appropriate, never giving in to the temptation to rush matters. As a result, his opponent's position worsened under the sheer weight of its deficiencies — bad king, bad pawn structure, material disadvantage. And Goran won at a canter. Winning won games is seldom easy and this was an excellent example.


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The Baffling 2.b3 Sicilian

Make life difficult for the Sicilian! 2.b3 is a thoroughly venomous but still solid kind of "Anti-Sicilian". No matter what setup black chooses, the bishop on b2 will always be unpleasant for him.

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Jonathan Speelman, born in 1956, studied mathematics but became a professional chess player in 1977. He was a member of the English Olympic team from 1980–2006 and three times British Champion. He played twice in Candidates Tournaments, reaching the semi-final in 1989. He twice seconded a World Championship challenger: Nigel Short and then Viswanathan Anand against Garry Kasparov in London 1993 and New York 1995.


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