Speelman's Agony: A Scandi and a French

by Jonathan Speelman
3/22/2020 – This week GM JON SPEELMAN breaks down a French and a Scandinavian from an Indian. Once again, Jon recorded a video version of his analysis. | Send in your own games! | Jon welcomes submissions 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!

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Agony & Ecstasy #118

This week's pair of games are by Joshi Prasant, an Indian in his mid to late twenties who plays rapid games online. He writes:

PrasantI am from Nakhatrana(kutch) in India and am a pharmacist with a Master of Pharmacy qualification. I am currently working at Global Healthcare Billing Partners Pvt. Ltd. as a medical coder.

I started playing chess at age of 21 after completing my graduation. I know it late according to today's chess scenario but I am giving my best to improve my skills in chess. Currently I am unrated player but soon I will plan to play in FIDE tournaments. I am playing regularly online and training two hours a day.

Both of the games Joshi sent me were very tough battles, and he's provided an opening note to each but apart from that everything is mine.

 

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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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