Issue 2
Yoav Dothan

Some thoughts on a Purdy game

I spent a few evenings analyzing a game of Purdy VS Balogh from the first CC World Championship.

I found a very cautious player, which can be understandable in the world champion to be (maybe he knew already that in other games he has superior positions?), playing strategically and avoiding closing the position with 14. d5 as played before in a Bogoljubow game that he surely had. The position is balanced but white has a little more space.

The problem in analyzing such a game appears at move 29. By then Purdy must have known the importance of this game but missed (or probably checked and believed it to be inferior to g4) Qd2. I am not sure why he picked this move, as immediately his position deteriorates.

We get to another mystery in move 32. Re3 draw.

Why did Dr. Balogh agree to a draw, when the simple continuation that I give in red seems to give him a clear advantage? Maybe one of the readers could solve this question.


Three games of SM Turkov, Vladimir Sergeevich.

Mr. Turkov plays now in the category 10 Altshuler Memorial tournament where he collected till now 5 points out of 7 games and may well make the final GM norm.

The first game is from ICCF - Email Grand Master Norm Tournament 004 where Mr. Turkov made a GM norm. His win over Ohtake, Sakae, rated 2596 is impressing. The game seems balanced till move 30, when Black played c5 ,allowing white the d5 move , that managed to block his white bishop for many moves while producing a strong d6 passed pawn. The interesting question is whether 49…h5 or 53.. Rb2 would enable Black to draw the game?

The second game is from the RCCA 10 - Group B Category 11 where Mr. Turkov made a second GM norm , his win over me certainly helped! His game is with IM Aronov, Igor Moiseevich rated 2446.

In the opening we see a novelty on the 11th move , Qc2. I am not aware of other games with this move. White has a strong center. At the 17th move white has a choice of two good continuations , Qc3 and the chosen move e5. I am curious to the reasons Qc3 was rejected as I am sure it was considered. In the 22th move white has a strong passed pawn, and Rf1! Is a good way to get rid of the only disturbing piece of the Black.

The third game with Eliseev, Yevgeny Vasilievich begins with a strange novelty by Black: in all the games in my database black played 12… N:b5 but here Black chose Nd5. His 15th move O-O-O gives White the strong 16. Rc1+ and a stable advantage. The nicest move in the game is 21. Rhd1 , finishing the game with style!


A fantastic game by Carlsen

To those that did not see yesterday's game, I offer this 20 moves win over Beliavsky rated 2626.

GM Beliavsky chose an opening that yields difficult positions, and played a new move 11.. Bc8. I am sure that after playing 16..O-O Beliavsky felt safe, but it took Magnus only 4 moves to demolish his position… He probably should have played 17… h6 but did not estimate how near is the end. A beautiful combination of Magnus!

I would like to thank Mr. Luboš Ertl who was the first to send me a game , Mr. Turkov that sent me three games that I publish in this article , and also Mr. Dave Myers.


Yoav Dothan

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