Oleg Romanishin

One of my favourite players is Oleg Romanishin. In the 1970s he was widely tipped as possible World Championship material but his early promise never came to fruition. Why not?

I think there were a couple of reasons, both stemming from a deep and artistic attitude to the game. First of all he has always looked uncomfortable in defence, preferring to counterattack whenever possible. And secondly he has pursued highly original paths in the openings which will occasionally mean getting some really bad positions.

In the following encounter neither of these problems were in evidence, he got a good position out of the opening and then won very cleanly.