By Valeri Beim, Laurence Webb

The Leningrad method of the Dutch protection is a fascinating hybrid of the Dutch and the King's Indian. for a few years, it used to be seen with a few suspicion in view of the moderate positional weaknesses created in Black's place. despite the fact that, within the Nineteen Eighties dynamic new techniques have been brought through such gamers as Sergei Dolmatov, Evgeny Bareev, Mikhail Gurevich and particularly Vladimir Malaniuk. those avid gamers confirmed how an energetic method may possibly catch up on those defects, and provide Black first-class successful possibilities. due to the fact that then, the Leningrad has been a well-liked and potent establishing selection for gamers of all degrees.

A sturdy knowing of the topics of the Leningrad is at the least as vital as specified wisdom of its concept. Valeri Beim has a wealth of expertise with the Leningrad Dutch and is an entire coach, so is preferably certified to steer the reader in the course of the twists and turns of this striking opening.

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Ljubojevic was unable to suppre ss a contented smile , and some laughter was even heard from the hall . Karpov touchily frowned , and f�xed his eyes on the board , seeking new resources . The reader wil l note that the last exchange occurred on move 2 7 , and then on move 3 8 a whi te pawn advanced . This factor could have p l ayed a fatal role on the adjournment , s ince there was a possib­ i li ty that the ' SO-move rule ' could come into force : irrespec tive of the posi tion , it is a draw i f in the course of 5 0 moves there has been no capture and no pawn move .

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