Millenium Chess Zone Annotations by : John Tobisch This clash is a very interesting one for the keen Jamaican chess student .The clash represents a collision of two entirely different philosophies of chess. Warren enjoys theoretical debates,opening investigation and is very curious about sharp lines. Humphrey on the other hand likes to leave mainstream theory at the earliest opportunity,leaving his opponents to their own devices. This approach accounts for certain upset victories over players such as Shane Matthews and Duane Rowe . It is based on a behavioural pattern of avoidance. Humphrey has a predilection for pawn chains and beautifully centralized knights supported by a v-formation of pawns usually on e3, d4 and f4 . This game demonstrates that early departures from mainstream theory need to be worked out well in advance to have a chance. Otherwise they do not provide a strong test for a National Master like Warren Elliott . On to the clash of the antipodes.
1. d4 Nf6 2. f3 As early as move 2 Humphrey declares his intentions. He clearly wants a nice pawn center with e2-e4 to follow. Now to the impressionable young student this is a departure from the principle of avoiding two many pawn moves. However the student also has to know how to capitalize on the flaws of this move.
2... c5 3. d5 g6 4. e4 Gayle has built his impressive looking center. However he has only made pawn moves so far.
4... d6 5. b3 Bg7 This is an example of the difference between the strong National Master and the candidate master.The Candidate master often reacts to the will of the National Master. Warren is the first to start off with a threat.
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