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Weekly chess column

Walter Browne, who has won six US Chess championships has just authored a 460-page “Odyssey” containing 101 of his finest games and quite a bit of history of chess. Patrick Wolff gives it very high praise. It is titled “The Stress of Chess . . . and its Infinite Finesse” (New in Chess). Browne is one of the most intense players imaginable. Constantly in time trouble, he showed it with wild contortions that often created vicarious anxiety and a loss for his opponents.

The game today is brilliant: Yasser Seirawan (White) against Browne (Black), played in 1979, an English Opening in which Seirawan performed with abandonment and was punished in an evergreen game. Seirawan chose to attack with his king’s knight on move 5 and Browne got equality by forcing it back. The star play of this game was on move 10, in which Seirawan elected to move his king toward the center in order to attack on the king’s file, a dubious choice for the four-time US champ. Browne showed he is an untimid attacking player and that Seirawan should have championed a more conventional opening. 

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