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Default The Story of GM

This is the story of Govind Mohan Lal, affectionately known as 'GM'in
the Chess Circuit!
He had a bad day in the office and he was livid with himself. He had
drawn his crucial 6th round game against his old foe that had pushed
him into the joint 2nd spot with a score of 5 points. Had he won that
game, he would have propelled himself into the top of the table. And,
with 3-rounds remaining, would have been favourite to win this

How could he draw such a game, which was nothing but a total home
preparation from the white-side of the Scotch Opening? After 15 moves
he had his opponent on his toe and, the writing was all over the wall.
With the country in the grip of IPL fever and the newspaper just
forgetting about the existence of other sports, he could still imagine
himself making the headlines next day, probably on the same page as
with the RR team!

Alas! One moment of indiscretion and, his dreams were falling apart.
Moreover, he was furious that he was forced to share the 2nd spot
jointly with his opponent in the last round, his long time Chess
friend but enemy within!

He could not fathom the thought of his opponent playing Chess!! - a
mere mortal that was created by God just to punish him for some of his
misdeeds in his last birth!! So, whenever the opportunity presented
him with a chance to play against his opponent, either in tournament
or off-hand games, he played with full vigour of a gladiator!!

To a certain extent he had been successful with a score of +2 but the
last 3 games prior to the current clash were a near disaster. He had
no answer to his strong Berlin Defense and, he sometimes felt that he
was playing against Kramnik! With Black, he had tried KID and was
almost successful but somehow, he felt that his opponent had learned
enough of Black magic to prevent him from winning! He was not
superstitious but, playing against this opponent made him search for
some Black magic ‘Limbu’, which he (his opponent) might have stashed
in some remote corner of the tournament hall!!

As such, when he learnt the critical 6th round pairing, he decided to
change his repertoire from Ruy Lopez to a surprise Scotch, which he
had never played before and, which his opponent would have never
expected him to play!

With the help of his monsters, Fritz and Chessbase, he went through
the recent advances in this variation but some inner intuition
signaled him that he should adopt some obscure line - a line which was
beyond the chess understanding of his opponent and, as such, he
decided for Scotch Four Knight’s variation.

He reached the tournament hall quite early and found the peaceful
serenity of the place to calm down his jumping nerves. He decided to
set his own clock as he wanted to prevent his opponent from performing
any tricks on him!

His opponent, with an aura of confidence, arrived just before the
scheduled time and they both shook hands. The games started and, to
show a positive body language he nearly fixed the pawn on the e4
square and pressed his clock with a slightly more pressure! He was now
praying that his opponent would play e5 and, after a few seconds
pause, which appeared an eternity, his opponent obliged! And, after
the usual 2.Nf3 Nc6 he played 3.d4! and watched with satisfaction the
surprise on his opponent’s face, who was expecting 3.Bb5

The game continued as per his exact home preparation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3
Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.e5?! Ng4
9.Bf4 d4 10.Qf3!

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