Speelman's Agony #77

by Jonathan Speelman
6/5/2018 – A Canadian immigrant from the former Yugoslavia provides this week's contribution which includes more games than usual, including one reminiscence from Speelman's past. 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!

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Double-Agony

This week's games are by Miroslav Stefanovic, who now lives in Canada. He played chess in his youth but stopped when the wars started in the former Yugoslavia and it wasn't he was in his mid-forties in Canada that he started again.

His national Canadian rating started off as 2000 with a peak of 2200 (as he says, tournaments in Canada are rarely FIDE rated).

All three of his opponents were similarly rated (within 100 points at the time of games being played).

We start with two Agonies. Miroslav has annotated the games in some detail and, as ususal, I've added my comments as 'JS'.

 

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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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