Tactic of the Day 3/30/2021

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Today we have another defensive tactic.

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Thirteen

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And so we reach the final round. The tournament has been clinched and there is nothing left to prove. Many would simply play a quick draw here and go home to count their money and rating gains.

However, that was not be be. After his opponent, Beliavsky, made a couple of poor moves in the opening, Karpov was able to quickly and easily convert to make it 11/13 for the event.

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Tactic of the Day 3/29/2021

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Twelve

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The penultimate round sees Karpov held to a draw for the fourth and final time. This gives him a score of 10/12 heading into the final round.

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Chris Wainscott

Working on the Slav

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Lately I’ve been revisiting a book that I first read around eight or so years ago.

Yes, this is a relatively “entry level” style book, and yes, it’s a decade old. I get that those are knocks against it. I understand the hesitancy that might give some people when it comes to re-reading a book ostensibly about an opening.

However, what this book really serves as is an annotated collection of well-selected games designed to introduce one to the themes prevalent throughout the opening.

I plan on using this as a starting point for my own work at relearning these lines, hopefully in a better manner than last time!

Here’s an example of my terrible Slav play from eight years ago.

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Chris Wainscott

Tactic of the Day 3/28/2021

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Eleven

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Tactic of the Day 3/27/2021

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Karpov in Linares 1994 – Round Ten

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Tactic of the Day 3/26/2021

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