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August 19, 2012

The Chigorin Variation is here

We're closing in on the exciting conclusion of Dennis' epic series on the Ruy Lopez. This week, he talks about the Chigorin Variation. He begins with 9...Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d3, and then examines the more critical 11.d4 Nd7, focusing first on Fischer’s 12.dxc5 and then 12.Nbd2 and the Graf Variation. Then it's on to the granddaddy of Chigorin lines, 11…Qc7, and after 12.Nbd2 there’s a final split: the passive system with 12…Nc6 and the more active main line with 12…cxd4. The Chigorin is an extremely rich variation and offers a lifetime of analysis, but Dennis' lesson should serve as a solid introduction and will ensure players on both sides have a great starting point for play.