Speelman's Agony #74

by Jonathan Speelman
4/15/2018 – Before this week's games I'd like to request more material from readers which can be sent either to the Dropbox mentioned below or directly to me at jonathan@speelman.demon.co.uk — 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! | Pictured: Clement Lelievre (right) with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Laurent Fressinet in 2015

Fritz 16 - He just wants to play! Fritz 16 - He just wants to play!

Fritz 16 is looking forward to playing with you, and you're certain to have a great deal of fun with him too. Tense games and even well-fought victories await you with "Easy play" and "Assisted analysis" modes.


Agonie et extase

If you'd prefer to use the Dropbox (below) then please, please include a return email address. I need this to check with you and perhaps request a photo. Sometimes people send the wrong files — ideally, it should be either a .pgn or a .cbv (ChessBase archive) file  — and without an address, I can't help you. If you have used the Dropbox in the past, but didn't include your email, please contact me again.

This week's games are by Clement Lelievre, a 27-year-old Frenchman who writes:

I took up chess 5 years ago so my profile is similar to that of Romain Bernard that you featured in one of your columns.I studied financial mathematics, am married and work in Paris.Since I started chess, the passion is growing with each day and I strive to absorb as much material as possible and play as many instructive games as possible, with a rather sharp style.

Clement very modestly sent me a loss and a draw but no win. I asked for one and was rewarded with a nice victory against Marie Sebag in a simultaneous display. We start though with the Agony.


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My best games in the Grünfeld by Alexei Shirov

The Gruenfeld Defense is an active and dynamic reply to 1.d4 which can lead to complex and extremely sharp positions. So it’s no wonder that also Alexei Shirov included this opening into his repertoire. At the candidates’ final against Vladimir Kramnik in Cazorla in 1998, he exclusively – and successfully – trusted the Gruenfeld Indian with Black; the victory over Kramnik gave him the right to play a WCh match versus Kasparov.

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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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