|Call My Bluff
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Ruy Lopez - Cozio Defence
The Cozio Defence. It is one of the unusual defences to the
Ruy Lopez, but still gets an occasional outing at the Grandmaster level. Normally White
aims for c3 and d4, but I was trying to recollect and try out an idea of the Israeli
Way back at Carlsbad in 1911 a game between Johner and Tartakower went 6 Nxd5 7 ed Qe7+ 8 Kf1 Ne5 9 Qxd4 f6 10 Bf4 Bg7 11 Re1
and White is winning a pawn with the better game.
After the routine 11 Nd5 Nxd5 12 ed Re8+ 13 Be2 Nxd4
14 Qxd4+ Qf6 Black has no problems. By now however, I had recollected Murey's brilliant
It turns out that Black cannot take the knight.
After the game Gary Lane told me that 11
Ng8 was best for Black, but this is hardly
the sort of move which inspires faith in the Black position. White might simply play 12
Nxg8 Rxg8 13 O-O-O and be better. More sophisticated is 12 Nd5 Nf6 13 Nc3 Re8 14 O-O-O
played by Murey against Dreev. It is hard for Black to prevent the usual King side attack
of f3, g4 and h4. The immediate 14
Nxe4 15 Nxe4 Rxe4 fails after 16 Nxc6 bc 17