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This month’s update focusses on some interesting ideas from Biel, with early deviations for both sides.

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Rossolimo: 3...e6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.d3 [B30]

In Ding, L - Gelfand, B, Gelfand essayed 5...Qc7 6.Nbd2 e5:

Both in this game, and a subsequent one against Svidler, he had no problems, and an uncharacteristic performance by Ding resulted in a black win in just 16 moves.

Rossolimo: 3...e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.Re1 a6 6.Bf1 [B30]

David Anton’s home cooking in this popular position is 6...b6!?:

often leading to interesting Maroczy play, as in Naiditsch, A - Anton Guijarro, D.

Rossolimo Variation 3...Nf6 4.Nc3 Qc7 5.0-0 Nd4 6.Re1 a6 [B30]

Adams, M - Naiditsch, A is another cautionary tale for Black in this dangerous line. After 7.Bf1 Ng4 8.g3 Nxf3+ 9.Qxf3 Ne5 10.Qe2 e6:

Adams soon won a pawn for nebulous compensation.

Rossolimo: 3...g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Re1 e5 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3 Qe7 [B31]

Adams, M - Studer, N is a model display of White’s chances, starting with an interesting plan with 8.Nbd2 Be6 9.a4 f6 10.a5:

Moscow Variation: 3...Nd7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 a6 6.Bxd7+ Bxd7 7.c4 e5 [B51]

Naiditsch, A - Wojtaszek, R followed a previous Carlsen - Anand game for several more moves. Wojtaszek obtained balanced chances before winning an instructive opposite coloured bishop middlegame.

Moscow Variation: 3...Nd7 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 [B51]

In Edouard, R - Keymer, V, Black played 5...e6 6.Re1 a6 7.c4 Be7 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 0-0:

He obtained good play in a complex middlegame before a late blunder.

Adams, M - Edouard, R is an example of the dangers of accepting White’s pawn sacrifice with 5...Nxe4?!:

Zaitsev Variation 4...a6 5.Be2 Nc6 6.Qe3 [B53]

Harikrishna has some good games in this line, and added to his collection in Harikrishna, P - Edouard, R, winning a smooth positional game with an impressive exchange sacrifice.

Till next time, Sam

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