The Weekly Show: The Portugal Open

by Lawrence Trent
2/4/2020 – Back from Gibraltar, IM Lawrence Trent returns his attention to the Iberian peninsula where the strong Portugal Open is wrapping up. | Puzzle time: In the diagram, it's White to move! | Lawrence is live this week from 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, 12 Noon EST) and free for a limited time, or forever on-demand with a ChessBase Basic Account. You can always register a free 90-day account to watch.

The Bombastic Bird's - an energetic and exciting repertoire after 1.f4 The Bombastic Bird's - an energetic and exciting repertoire after 1.f4

Welcome to the Bombastic Bird's, a revolutionary repertoire for one of the most enterprising and underrated openings in chess theory (1.f4). In this series, IM Lawrence Trent uncovers a number of groundbreaking theoretical novelties and new ideas that will soon have scorners of this romantic system regretting they ever doubted its soundness.

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Tromping in Porto

It's a slow week on the international tournament calendar. I will take a look at the Portugal Open and the crucial last round encounter between Grigoryan-Indic, a wild game won by the Armenian resulting in a surprising outright tournament victory as all the other results went in his favour.

But first: I am down to my last seconds and play the move 35...d8 with the idea of ♝e7 and an eventual a3. Was I happy after White's next move or not?

 

White to play — Try your moves!


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Lawrence Trent's latest

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The Bombastic Bird's - an energetic and exciting repertoire after 1.f4

Welcome to the Bombastic Bird's, a revolutionary repertoire for one of the most enterprising and underrated openings in chess theory (1.f4). In this series, IM Lawrence Trent uncovers a number of groundbreaking theoretical novelties and new ideas that will soon have scorners of this romantic system regretting they ever doubted its soundness.

Solution to the puzzle

White is much better after 36.♖b7! and went on to win.

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Born in 1986, Lawrence Trent is an international master, who has represented England in numerous international youth championships (including a 7th place in the U18 WCh in 2003). The Londoner, who has a degree in Romance languages, already has a lot of experience as a trainer. Trent has recorded several DVDs for ChessBase.