Kramnik’s 10,000 A Month

I read that Kramnik looks through 10,000 games a month so as not to miss any innovations. I was impressed and inspired. However, I didn’t want to jump straight in at 10K so for this article I looked through 10.

Nigel advocates the Rubinstein French as a starting point for his students with Black. It’s an opening that I’ve struggled with and decided that I should look at some master games. The German GM Georg Meier has scored well with Black in this opening and his games are definitely worth studying. Here is one he wins quickly. Meier plays far more actively than I have. 12….Qd5 and 19….Rd2 weren’t moves that immediately occurred to me.

Dan Staples