Football fans will recognise the name. This is the Manchester United striker’s 15-year-old cousin, Kiprian, a rising star in Bulgarian chess. He has just played his pawn to b4 – and set an evil trap. How should Black reply? RB: I had the wild notion of responding with 1…axb4. No one likes tripled pawns, but then I realised that with three pawns to clear on the b-file, White would have his hands full while Black could make merry on the opposite wing. But that’s precisely the problem – what can Black do on the kingside? Not much that I can see. So, to be sensible, it’s either 1…a4 or 1…b6. I prefer 1…a4, locking the queenside and giving Black a chance to improve his position on …

Source: GameKnot online chess news