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First a Tromp, then a Caro-Kann, and now … yes, you guessed it! A Glek System!

Harikrishna - Haslinger [C47]
Br. Ch. Edinburgh, 2003

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g3!?

07 diagram

Glek’s favorite, neither better nor worse than 4 Bb5 etc, just different.

4...d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Bd6 8.0–0 0–0 9.Rb1!

A necessary part of White’s system, who needs to tie Black down on the queenside before his own pawn weaknesses become apparent.

9...Rb8 10.d4 Bf5

Sensible development, but 10...h6 is a reasonable alternative: 10...h6 11.Nd2 Bf5 12.Nc4 Qf6! (Rozentalis finds a good square for the Queen.) 13.Ne3 exd4 14.Nxf5 Qxf5 15.cxd4 Rfd8 16.Be3 Nb4 17.c3 Nd5 18.Bd2 c6 19.Re1 b5 20.Be4 Qf6 21.h4 b4 22.Bxd5 cxd5 23.cxb4 Qxd4 24.Be3 Qxd1 25.Rexd1 Rxb4 26.Rxb4 Bxb4 27.Bxa7 Ra8 28.Be3 Rxa2 29.Rxd5 Ra5 30.Rd8+ Kh7 31.Kg2, –, Glek-Rozentalis, Germany 1995.

11.Nh4 Bd7 12.Be3

Attempting to improve on 12.f4 exf4 13.Bxf4 Bxf4 14.Rxf4 Ne7 15.Rf2 b5 16.Qh5 Rb6 17.Rbf1 g6 18.Qc5 Bc6 19.Re1 Bxg2 20.Nxg2 Nd5 21.Re5 Nf6 22.Re1 Nd5 23.Rfe2 Rd6 24.Ne3 a6 25.Ng4 h5 26.Nf2 h4, Hector-Timoscenko, Bled 2002.


A decentralizing move which could very well be the reason for Black’s defeat. It’s better to stay in contact with e5 by 12...Qf6!.

13.Qd3! a6

It turns out not to be so easy to exchange light-squared Bishops: 13...Bh3 14.Bxh3 Qxh3 15.d5 Ne7 16.Bxa7. With some time on his hands, Harikrishna sets up a kingside initiative.


08 diagram

14…f5 15.Bd5+ Kh8 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Qe2

En route to h5.

17...Be6 18.c4 Bxd5 19.cxd5 b5 20.Bd4

A marked difference in coordination separates the respective positions. It’s easy to imagine a White Queen on h5 and Rooks doubled on the e-file. Pressure against g7 and h7 follows immediately. Before Black can even contemplate defending against this plan he has to waste time by getting rid of the d5-pawn.

20...Nc4 21.Rfe1 Kg8 22.Qh5 Nb6

No better is 22...Qd7 23.Re6 f4 24.Nf5! fxg3 25.hxg3 Rf7 26.Qg4.


09 diagram

23…Nxd5 24.Rbe1

Perfectly played by White.


Defeat is also unavoidable after 24...Qd7 25.Qg5! Rf7 26.Nxf5.

25.Qg5 Rf7 26.Nxf5 Qd8 27.Nh6+ Kf8 28.Bxg7+, 1–0.

White beat the Caro-Kann earlier, so let’s finish with a happy Caro memory.

Lee - Conquest [B12]
Br. Ch. Edinburgh, 2003

Graham Lee, a great stalwart of British chess, turns fifty today (7-26-03). The bulletin team, along with all participants in these championships, salutes you. As George Orwell observed: At fifty, a man looks in the mirror and sees the face he deserves.

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 Nd7 7.h4 f6 8.h5 Bf7 9.f4 c5 10.Be3 Nh6 11.Ng3 cxd4 12.Bxd4 fxe5 13.Bxe5 Nxe5 14.fxe5 Qg5 15.Bb5+ Kd8 16.0–0 Bc5+ 17.Kg2 Nxg4 18.Nce4 Qh4

Stuart Conquest, a gentleman among competitors, beats up on the old geezer.

19.Qxg4 Qxg4 20.Nxc5 Ke7 21.Nxb7 Rhf8 22.c4 Bxh5 23.cxd5 Rf3 24.Rxf3 Qxf3+ 25.Kh2 Qf2+ 26.Kh3 Bf3 27.Bf1 g5 28.d6+ Kf7 29.Rc1 g4+ 30.Kh4 Qh2+ 31.Kg5 Rg8+ Let’s stop for a bit of culture.

The View by Philip Larkin:

The view is fine from fifty,
Experienced climbers say
So, overweight and shifty,
I turn to face the way
That led me to this day.

Instead of fields and snowcaps
And flowered lanes that twist
The track breaks at my toe-caps
And drops away in mist.
The view does not exist.

Where has it gone, the lifetime?
Search me. What’s left is drear.
Unchilded and unwifed, I’m
Able to view that clear:
So final. And so near.

Keep smiling mate, as you enter your sixth decade. Larkin always was a miserable git.

And Lee now resigned.



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