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Four Pawns Attack 8.dxe6 [E76]
In Flear - Jones we take a look at some Four Pawns Attack sidelines in a battle between two of our own columnists. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 c5 (we also look at 5...0-0 6.Nf3 c5 7.dxc5) 6.d5 0-0 7.Nf3 e6 8.dxe6!? fxe6 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.0-0 Nd4:
Now 11.Bd2!? is unusual and Gawain's novelty 11...Nh5!? gives him easy play in reply.
Sämisch System - Panno [E83]
This 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qd2 Na5!? is still hanging around:
In Karavade - Lintchevski White plays 9.Nc1 Nd7 10.Nb3 and scores an upset, but I do not think White's play would put Black off of this offbeat line.
Classical - 7...exd4 [E94]
I found Fier - Flores to be amusing, both because of the finish and because almost the whole game was analysed right here on ChessPub last month! We look at a critical line of 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 while also checking out 9...Nc6.
7...Na6 8.Re1 [E94]
We have looked at 7.0-0 Na6 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.Re1 exd4 11.Nxd4 Qe5 12.Nf3 Qc5 13.Bh4 Be6 a few times:
In Fressinet - Guseinov White tried 14.Rc1!? here. This move is not new, but it contains an interesting idea for White which works very well here. Black has trouble avoiding a dangerous pawn sacrifice.
For something brand new to ChessPub, we look at a rare and clever line for Black. After 7.0-0 Na6 8.Re1 Black plays 8...Bg4!?:
This is an interesting idea, which has been worked out by Dzindzi and Perelshteyn. There are some unusual positional ideas and I tried this line myself twice in a tournament against strong opposition. See the details in Sadorra - Diamant.
9.b4 Bayonet Attack [E97]
This game Hevia - Condori is an interesting yet confusing game, as it seems like Black is ready to score a big upset but it says 1-0... Black plays 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 10.g3 f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.Kg2 fxg3!? which is rare, perhaps justifiably so.
9.Ne1 Mainline [E99]
Kjartansson - Vovk takes a look at the trendy 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Rc1 Ng6 14.Nb5. Black gets into trouble but it seems he was ok somewhere along the line.
Black does not always have to rush into a "race" and can keep the tension with 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Nd3 f5 11.f3 Kh8!? After 12.Bd2 Nf6 13.Rc1 c6 14.Be3 a6! is a good move to increase the tension by creating the possibility of blowing things up with ...b5:
White's 15.a4?! then looks like an overreaction in Lenic - Ivanisevic, which shows good play by Black in a position with a blocked kingside. White ends up in trouble because he cannot create any real play on the other side of the board.
Until next month, David
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