Round 5: Zen Chess?

Posted: 21/11/2012 by Ian in Club News

First up last night was a a continuation of the Paulsen variation of the Sicilian defence, variously known as the Szen variation, Dely-Kasparov gambit, or sometimes just the Gary Gambit. The line is characterized by the move 8. d5 for black. The continuation leaves excellent opportunities for both sides for further play. Kasparov used this it to great effect during his world championship match with Karpov in 1985. Last night Gary (Judkins that is, not Kasparov) used it to good effect scoring a win as well.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Nf6 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 d5

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