Thursday 11 April 2019

Some harsh words

Up until a certain point we have our own 'pet' opening systems. The one true opening that will defeat all that dare challenge us. For me it is the Traxler. For a lot of other players it is the Morra Gambit in the Sicilian. But to quote Mike Tyson "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth".
GM Nigel Short was recently on the black side of a Morra, and took it apart pretty effectively. While the KO was delivered on move 22, the 'punch in the mouth' came a fair bit earlier. Then, after the game Short took to twitter to express his disdain for the whole opening system.

Langreck,John (2203) - Short,Nigel D (2636)
19th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2019 Centara Grand Ladprao Hotel, B (4.8), 09.04.2019

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