Fortune favours the brave

by Jonathan Speelman
8/18/2019 – There once was a pensioner from Wetzikon, who played at the chess club Pfäffikon. You'll forget those names, but enjoy his games — for Speelman that's sine qua non | Send in your own games! Jon can always use more material from readers. If your games are selected for the Agony column, not only will you get free detailed commentary of your games by one of chess’s great authors and instructors, and former world no. 4 player, but you also win a free three-month ChessBase Premium Account!

The Dutch Stonewall - A fighting repertoire against 1.d4 The Dutch Stonewall - A fighting repertoire against 1.d4

In the Dutch Stonewall Black from the very first move fights for the initiative. Let Erwin l'Ami take you on a fascinating journey to the depth and attractions of this unique opening. At the end you will be rewarded with a new repertoire against 1.d4!


Speelman's Agony #104

This week's pair of games are by Kurt Utzinger who lives in Wetzikon, a small city near Zurich and writes:

Kurt MegiI am a pensioner aged 69 and have two daughters aged 39 and 41. Until March 2015 I worked in the city administration of Wetzikon as deputy of the chief executive.

I'm interested in both chess and chess chess computers, am an active member of various chess forums and since 2006 have been president of the chess club Pfäffikon ZH.

I'm also interested in dogs, am a board member of the dog club SKG ZO and spend several mornings a week walking and training my dogs.

I love to read books and of course to spend time with my children and grandchildren.

Kurt sent me two excellent fighting games which he annotated in detail and to which I've added my notes as JS. We start with the very disappointing loss.


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The Torre Attack

The Torre Attack is an extremely effective way of taking your opponent into an uncomfortable situation right from move one.

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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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Kurt Utzinger Kurt Utzinger 8/21/2019 11:53
@keith homeyard: Is this indeed not permitted? Sure, I usually make a move and only afterward write it down on my scoresheet.
Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 8/20/2019 02:14
I notice in the 1st game he mentions "I had already written 2...Rh4 on my scoresheet and changed my mind".I used to use this practice but I gather it is no longer permitted since it acts as an aide memoire.