Monday, April 27, 2009

More Left Hook Grand Prix Games

I have been analyzing More Games with the Left Hook Grand Prix (1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.a3!?), two of which cover the critical variations following 5...e6 6.b4!? (White's "left hook" punch -- though 6.d4 is also interesting): 6....d5 (hitting back immediately in the center) and 6...b6 (refusing to give up the center even to gain a pawn). I especially enjoyed looking at Igor Glek - Daniel Stellwagen, Wattenscheid GER 2007, which I had previously discounted but which I now consider one of the most important games for Left Hook theory. And I couldn't resist throwing in some of my own games, including a few I've played at my new favorite play site Buho21 (where I should soon break the 2200 barrier playing as "urusov").

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Anonymous said...

I’ve been reading you blog and I just wanted to let you know the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship is coming up! It is May 7-17 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in of St. Louis.

The nation’s top 24 players will seek to steal take the title from last years year’s winner Yury Shulman–including the top 12 American players by rating, the 2008 U.S. Junior Closed Champion, the 2008 U.S. Open Champion and the 2009 U.S. State Champion of Champions. Not to mention, over $200,000 in prizes are on the table!

Anyway, here is a link to the media kit: And Also, here is a link to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis website:, where you can RSVP for the free tickets. This website will also provide daily coverage! And both have player bios, chess facts, tournament history, etc.

Just figured you and your blog readers would love to know about all this as fellow chess buffs!

Tue Apr 28, 10:00:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Abby said...

Hi! I was wondering: are you going to be covering the upcoming chess tournament in St. Louis?

Sun May 03, 12:58:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Michael Goeller said...

I will definitely be following the US Championship and will likely comment on some of the action, but I'd hardly say I'll be "covering it." I am too busy these days for more than weekly posts. But we will see... Thanks for asking.

Sun May 03, 02:29:00 PM EDT  

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