Speelman's Agony #76

by Jonathan Speelman
5/20/2018 – "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions..." This week's contribution comes from an ambitious young lad from India, who likes Mark Twain, and...evidently...orangutans! Just a reminder — 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!

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

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"...the really great make you feel that you too can become great." -Mark Twain

The week's pair of games come from Tanmay Srinath an Indian teenager who featured in the column just under a year ago.

Tanmay SrinathNow seventeen, Tanmay is a Taekwondo Black Belt, who has represented India at the highest level with distinction. becoming an international gold medalist. He recently came twelfth in science in national exams and will start undergraduate studies in August.

Working with BS Shivananda — a famous coach who has many nationally successful students under his guidance — Tanmay has been making progress in chess and is fiercely self-critical — an excellent attribute for a chess player. His favourite player remains Misha Tal and he prefers attacking chess but we start with the Agony, a difficult positional game in which he was pressing for the most part but made a bad misjudgement at the end.

Tanmay has provided lots of notes and as usual, I've added to these as 'JS'.


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On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black against the Catalan, based around maintaining the rock of a pawn on d5. Keeping central control ultimately gives Black good chances to launch an attack against the enemy king.

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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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