Battle Of Analysts

Over-the-board champions are seldom willing to take on acknowledged correspondence cracks at their own game and risk their reputations for the sake of a lot of hard work. Interesting, therefore, is the following struggle in the current correspondence championship of Australia. Purdy being the national over-the-board champion, and Hall man n the champion of the Australian Correspondence Chess League, which has over 200 members.

QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED

(Notes by C. J. S. Purdy) F. M. Hallmann C. J. S. Purdy

White Black

4 B-Kt5 QKt-Q2

After Alekhine in his Capablanca match. Subsequently discredited because of 8 PxP followed by Q-side push, but Tartakower published analysis in "El Ajedrez Espanol" (now defunct through Franco),, showing chances for Black with a dare-devil pawn storm on the K-side. I wanted to try this • out. Hallmann piped another tune, adequately coped with by some analysis of Halberstadt's,

New, I think; the present game discredits it, but by dint of blood and sweat.

Deep- idea, for Q-R4 and Kt-Kt3 on Black's weak QRP.

13 Q-R4 KPxP

Slightly sad necessity: 13 . . . Kt-K3?; 14 BxKt, BxB; 15 PxBP, PxQP; 16 KtxFM

14 KPxP Kt-K3

Wet towels from now on!

17 PxB P-Q5

18 QxBP B-Q2I"

If 19 CHCt6, Q-K21; and all roads favour Black.

20 PxP R-QB1

Must hang on to his passed P unless he is prepared to struggle miserably for a draw.

22 KtxKt Q-R5ch

23 Kt-Kt3 Q-K141

F. M. Hallmann

Despite all his care,. White had missed this startling sacrifice. If 24 QxB, QR-Q1; 25 Q hops, QxP; and White's centrally exposed K and disconnected Rooks offer Black more than compensation for the piece.

Plausible B-R6 answerable by another Bishop sacrifice, 26 . . . BxPch!; 27 KxB, QR-Q1; or 26 . . . R-B2>, also with advantage. White has no safe good line, and rightly gives up his Queen for wood and chances.

Another way was 27 QR-K1, Q-QB6; 28 BxKt (Q-K7 ?, R-B2), RxQ, etc. But not 27 Q-K7?, BxPch!, etc.

28 KxB

29 R-B3

30 KtxR

BxPch Q-K5ch RxQ Q-Kt3ch!

Got the Queen, but now comes the hardest part! If White's King were not exposed, Black would have to fight to draw, and as it is there is just one good move each time, to win.

Means coughing up the exchange if wanted, but 31 . . . R-B2 gives a sloppy game,, with Rook a feeble blockader of a nasty passed P.

If 33 Kt-K5, Q-R3!; 34 BxKlch (R-QKtl, P-Kt4!), QxB; 35 RxR, Q-Kt.3ch (how the exposed King tells!).

If 34 BxKtch, etc., Q wins against the Rooks (it's a long story).

The best chance was 34 R-B52, but Hallmann gave his opponent credit for seeing the beautiful K. ()., viz., 34 . . . R-Q2; 35 R-KKtl, Q-R3; 36 Kt-K4, R-Q7ch!; 37 IC-B3, R-Q6ch!! (the Rook still bears a charmed life); 38 K-Kt2, R-Q5! and wins.

35 B-Q3 RxRch

36 K-B2 R-B7ch

37 K-B1 RxQRP

38 BxQch KxB

The return of the Queen makes the win just simple technique. The rest was:— 39 K-Kt1, P-QR5; 40 Kt-B4, Kt-Q5; 41 R-K3, K-B4; 42 Kt-Kt6, P-Kt4; 43 P-R3, P-R6; 44 Kt-Q5, Kt-Kt4!; 45 Kt-K7ch, K-B3; 46 Kt-Q5ch, K-B2; 47 R-B3ch, K-K3; 48 White resigns.

If 48 Kt-B3, KtxKt; 49 RxKt, P-Kt.5; and the Black King advances under cover of the Knight's pawn.

(How to utilize small positional advantages.) European Correspondence Chess Olympics

1937-1938 QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED

(Notes by Hans Muller)

Hans Muller

(Vienna)

White

Miklos Szigeti

(Budapest)

Black

2 P-QB4

3 Kt-QB3

4 B-Kt5

5 PxP

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