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13 QxKt P-K4

Black's error in development is now clear— in this position his Q belongs at Q1 and his B at B1 or Q2.

If 15 . . . PxF; 16 Kt-K6, E-B2; 17 RxP followed by QR-KB1, P-K4 etc.

16 P-KKt4! PxP

Forced. If 16 . . . Kt-B3; 17 Kt-K6 wins at least a P. If 16 . . . P-Kt3; 17 PxP, PxP; 18 K-Rl, Kt-B3; 19 B-R3 followed by R-KKtl with a winning game.

17 BxP Kt-B3

It seems a pity to give up such a beautifully placed B, but the Q move compels the ensuing exchanges; after which the ending, to Quote a favorite expression of F. Reinfeld,, is "clear as a bell."

Better than 23 Kt-K6 (for which Black was hoping) for then .he would escape with 23 . . . R-B2, threatening . . . B-Bl.

Black's B is out in the cold.

27 RxR R-K2 31 P-QKt4 K-Kt2

34 PxQP R-QKt2

35 R-B7I R-Kt1

36 R-B8 KxKt

37 P-K7 Resigns

After this game, Kashdan revised his thesis about Bishops to read: Knights are better than Bishops in even-numbered years!

(A successful swindle) Baltimore—July, 1938 INDIAN DEFENSE (Notes by J. Carroll Quinn) J. C. Quinn A. Cichelli

White Black

Against all principles; but it does not turn out so badly.

It is doubtful whether it is worth-while to waste a tempo to get two Bs in this position. 0-0 was better.

8 QxB P-K3

11 B-Kt2

Apparently forced; if 15 Kt-K2, Kt-K4; 16 Q-Kt3, Kt-R4! Or 15 PxBP, PxKt; 16 PxKt, PxB; 17 PxR(Q)ch, RxQ; 18 QR-Ktl, QxP and Black has his money's worth. (Yet the latter variation is preferable to the text—F. R.)

16 BxKt Kt-K4 18 B-Kt1

A sorry retreat; but if 18 B-B3, Kt-Q6! 19 RxKt, R-K8ch; 20 RxR, QxRch; 21 K-R2, B-K4! wins. Or 18 B-Q3, KtxB etc.; or 18 B-B2, P-Q6!

Black's only mistake. Correct was . . . P-B4 with the better game.

Cichelli w 1


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