Caruana Hits and Runs in the Poisoned Pawn
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New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings. Each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess opening theory. Have a look at what this issue has to offer.

The Forum section contains a lot of material from the Tata Steel Chess Tournament which ended just before our deadline. You can find hot ‘Tata’ contributions by Han Schut, René Olthof and Frank Erwich, besides an impressive analysis by young player Artem Odegov, an SOS line versus the Najdorf employed by Nakamura against MVL no less than 10 times in the Speed final (written by Peter Boel) and a baffling opening discovery by new grandmaster Max Warmerdam who was also the second of Tata winner Jorden van Foreest.

From Our Own Correspondent
Our GM correspondent Erwin l’Ami dives deep into five openings again with the help of correspondence chess games. You’re getting the latest on the English Attack vs the Najdorf, a new path for Black in a difficult King’s Indian/Benoni hybrid, a sharp attacking game with the Shirov/Shabalov Slav, a new blow for the Blumenfeld Gambit, and another blow for a much-applauded Bobby Fischer idea for Black in the Benoni.

Glenn Flear sees Magnus Carlsen’s influence on opening theory grow and grow. He reviews two books on variations named after the World Champion: Carlsen’s Neo-Møller by Ioannis Simeonidis and The Carlsen Variation by Carsten Hansen – the inventor of which variation, by the way, is ‘close by’! Flear also takes a look at an impressive tome on a very obscure variation: The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit by Jakob Aabling Thomsen and Michael Agermose Jensen, and first but not least at a French opening – another novelty in the Yearbook! It’s called Jouez la Française and it’s by GM Manuel Apicella.


1.e4 openings
Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6..d3 - Olthof
Sicilian Defence - Scheveningen Variation 6..e2 a6 - Szabo
Sicilian Defence - Sveshnikov Variation 7..d5 - Bosch
King’s Fianchetto - 4..e3 Variation - Vilela
French Defence - Advance Variation 6..d3 - Jones
French Defence - Tarrasch Variation 3....f6 - Tzermiadianos
Caro-Kann Defence - Early Divergences 2..f3 - Ponomariov
Caro-Kann Defence - Fantasy Variation 3.f3 - Ilczuk and Panczyk
Caro-Kann Defence - Exchange Variation 4..d3 - Rodi
Caro-Kann Defence - Advance Variation 4..c3 - Stohl
Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defence 4.d3 - Saric
Ruy Lopez - Early Divergences 4...f5 - Ris
Italian Game - Giuoco Piano 6.b4 - Krykun
King’s Pawn Openings - Scotch Gambit 5.e5 - Kuljasevic

1.d4 openings
Queen’s Gambit Declined - Early Divergences 4...a6/3 ...a6 - Olthof
Slav Defence - Exchange Variation 6..f4 a6 - Fogarasi
Slav Defence - Meran Variation 5.b3 - Sokolov
Tarrasch Defence - - Semi-Tarrasch 4..f3 c5 - Ikonnikov
Queen’s Gambit Accepted - Central Variation 3.e4 - Flear
Nimzo-Indian Defence - Rubinstein Variation 5..d2 - Ikonnikov
Grünfeld Indian Defence - Exchange Variation 7..c4 - Gledura

English Opening - Symmetrical Variation 3.g3 d5 - Timman
Réti Opening - Réti Gambit 4...dxc4 - Adams
Opening - Early Divergences - Lukacs and Hazai

New In Chess Yearbook, which appears four times a year, contains the latest news in chess openings. Each issue brings you dozens of new ideas on the cutting edge of modern chess opening theory. Have a look at what this issue has to offer.

This issue’s Forum Section features an article by René Olthof on the stunning piece sacrifice with which Fabiano Caruana took Maxime Vachier-Lagrave by surprise in the second leg of the Candidates Tournament. This is followed by some unique analysis material by Ganguly on a game he lost against Pavel Eljanov! Two other grandmasters, Mikheil Mchedlishvili and Max Warmerdam, also made a contribution, and you should certainly check out IJntze Hoekstra’s short but intriguing note to the book Side-Stepping Mainline Theory by Gerard Welling and Steve Giddins!

From Our Own Correspondent
Our GM correspondent Erwin l’Ami starts his column with a good equalizing method for Black in the Tarrasch and then presents a thorough analysis of a correspondence game with the Delayed Poisoned Pawn in the Najdorf. L’Ami has played the Black side of Kramnik’s QGD endgame and demonstrates that Black is OK here – which cannot be said of his two final subjects, the Poisoned Pawn line in the London System and the Winawer French with 7…0-0.

Part of Glenn Flear’s Reviews column is dedicated to modern media again. The 2-volume ebook The Modern French by Kryakvin is reviewed and compared to two other recent works on the French: Anish Giri’s awesome Lifetime repertoire course; The French Defense (for Chessable) and Pentala Harikrishna’s book Beat the French Defence with 3.Nc3. The Englishman also pays attention to Ilya Smirin’s book Sicilian Warfare – arguably more than just an opening book – and of course the latest masterpiece by Parimarjan Negi: Grandmaster repertoire: 1.e4 vs Minor Defences.

1.e4 openings
Sicilian Defence - Najdorf Variation 6.Be3 - Ganguly
Sicilian Defence - Scheveningen Variation 6.g3 - Mchedlishvili
Sicilian Defence - Rauzer Variation 7.Bb5 - Ganguly
Sicilian Defence - Four Knights Variation 6.Ndb5 - Vilela
Sicilian Defence - Four Knights Variation 6.Nxc6 - Stella
Sicilian Defence - Closed Variation 3.d4 - Bosch
French Defence - Exchange Variation 4.Nf3 - Lalic
French Defence - Tarrasch Variation 3...Nf6 - Moskalenko
Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defence 4.0 - 0 - Ponomariov
Ruy Lopez - Early Divergences after 3...a6 4.Ba4 - Ris
Ruy Lopez - Open Variation 9.Nbd2 - Talsma
Italian Game - Giuoco Piano 4.c3 - Flear
Italian Game - Early Divergences 3.Bc4 d6 - Sokolov
Scotch Opening - Four Knights Game 4.a4 - Bosch
Scotch Opening - Mieses Variation 4.Nf6 5.Nxc6 - K.Szabo
Various Openings - Nimzowitsch Defence 1...Nc6 2.d4 - Tzermiadianos        

1.d4 opening
Slav Defence - Slow Slav - Panczyk and Ilczuk
Slav Defence - Semi - Slav: Meran 6.Qc2 - Olthof
Tarrasch Defence - Semi - Tarrasch 4.Nf3 d5 - Adams
Nimzo - Indian Defence - 4.Nf3 Line - Ikonnikov
Queen’s Indian Defence - Bogo - Indian 3.Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 - Timman
Grünfeld Indian Defence - 4.Bf4 Line - Lukacs and Hazai
King’s Indian Defence - Classical Main Line 7...Bg4 - Fogarasi
Queen’s Pawn Openings - Double Fianchetto 6.b3 - K.Szabo

English Opening - Symmetrical Variation 3.b3 - Cummings

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ISBN 9789056919580
Pages 253 pages
Publication Date June 12, 2021
Notation Type FAN - Figurine
Popular Series New in Chess Yearbooks
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