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A 20p Book + Gothenburg Twist + Story Board Chess

So I'm picking my way through the junk in the big Salvation Army Shop
that has just opened up on Lothian Road. I had already bought my wee
treasure Mrs.C. a solid silver horse charm for 75p. (worth approx 15.00).

(I call Mrs.C. my wee treasure because she looks like
she has been buried for 150 years and then dug up).

So I'm leaving when I see this box of '5 for 1.00' books.
Usual crap. Three on the Kon-Tiki Expedition (which was a con - they never did it).
Da Vinci Codes, Charles Dickens reprints, Books on how to cook garbage you
cannot pronounce and books about people you never even heard of.

Then I saw it.

"I don't want 5 books, I just want one, how much is one book?"


"29p? But five into 1 is 20p."

"The books are five for 1 or 29p each."

"So if want 4 books it will cost me 1.16. But If I buy 5 and throw
one back in the box it will only cost me 1.?"

"How much do you want to pay for the book?"


And that was it, a deal was struck.

So 9p duly saved I headed home and this is what I haggled for.

Recognise it?

That my dear dreary reader is a Russian copy of the
Internzonal at Gothenburg 1955 by Igor Bondarevsky (1913-1979).

A pristine ist edition printed in...

....Moscow in 1957.

(Please say you are not going to do the triangle bit.....Ed)

The Gothenburg Triangle

(Oh No................Ed).

It's a challenge.
I'll try and give it a new slant. Everyone has covered this including me.

In round 14 the pairings threw up 3 Russian v 3 Argentinians.

Geller - Panno
Keres - Najdorf
Spassky - Pilnik

After 10 moves this position arose on all 3 boards with White to play.

Geller was the first to sac with 11.Nxe6!

This is Bondarevsky note from his book

Spassky and Keres waited to see the outcome.

Najdorf had words with Pilnik and then came across to
Geller who was waiting for Panno to move and said;

"Your game is lost, we have all this analysed."

(this from page 61, Spassky's 100 Best Games by Bernard Cafferty)

When Geller played 13.Bb5 (I'll show games in a minute) both
Spassky and Keres gleefully sacced their Knights on e6.

This is Bondarevsky's note to the Keres game.

and here is Bondarevsky's note to the Spassky game.

Notice he gives each 11.Nxe6 a '!'.

Here are all three games.

[Click here to replay the game]
Geller - Panno

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.fxg5 Nfd7 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.Qh5+ Kf8 13.Bb5 Ne5 14.Bg3 Bxg5 15.0-0+ Ke7 16.Bxe5 Qb6+ 17.Kh1 dxe5 18.Qf7+ Kd6 19.Rad1+ Qd4 20.Rxd4+ exd4 21.e5+ Kc5 22.Qc7+ Nc6 23.Bxc6

[Click here to replay the game]
Keres - Najdorf

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.fxg5 Nfd7 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.Qh5+ Kf8 13.Bb5 Kg7 14.0-0 Ne5 15.Bg3 Ng6 16.gxh6+ Rxh6 17.Rf7+ Kxf7 18.Qxh6 axb5 19.Rf1+ Ke8 20.Qxg6+ Kd7 21.Rf7 Nc6 22.Nd5 Rxa2 23.h4 Qh8 24.Nxe7 Nxe7 25.Qg5

[Click here to replay the game]
Spassky - Pilnik

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.fxg5 Nfd7 11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.Qh5+ Kf8 13.Bb5 Kg7 14.0-0 Ne5 15.Bg3 Ng6 16.gxh6+ Rxh6 17.Rf7+ Kxf7 18.Qxh6 axb5 19.Rf1+ Ke8 20.Qxg6+ Kd7 21.Rf7 Nc6 22.Nd5 Rxa2 23.h3 Qh8 24.Nxe7 Nxe7 25.Qg5 Ra1+ 26.Kh2 Qd8 27.Qxb5+ Kc7 28.Qc5+ Kb8 29.Bxd6+ Ka8 30.Bxe7 Ra5 31.Qb4

And that's it. Except to add...(as everyone else does).

In the Portoroz Interzonal in 1958 the 15 year old Bobby Fischer
showed how the position after the Knight sac on e6 could be defended.

Go here:

Frederick Friedel

and see a nice piece on Chess Base by Frederick Friedel
(It's where I lifted the above picture from).

He too covers the Triangle and looks at the Fischer game in detail
adding that Fischer knew Gligorich was at Gothenburg as a correspondent
so prepared this game as a pleasant surprise for him.

Freddy got that piece from a book called: Chess Phenomenon Bobby Fischer"
by Aleksander Pasternjak
So from the book to Freddy, from Freddy to me, from me back to the book.
The Corner Triangle is now complete.

Fantastic to think of the 14/15 year old Bobby working away at these
games looking for an improvement and then trusting himself OTB
to play it against a grandmaster.

These days of course the Mungo's will just simply turn on a
computer and think they have learned something.
Mungo's. Don't you just pity them?

Back to Najdorf.

Some may be surprised at Najdorf's antics with him discussing
the game with another player whilst it was still in progress.

Najdorf was like that and would often ask other players how he stood
during a game. In Najdorf's Life and Games he openly admits
that during his game with Puiggros, Argentina 1951 in this position,
White to play. (Najdorg was Black).

Najdorf asked Esposito if Puiggros now plays 4.Bd2 "I can play 4...dxe4?"

Esposito said "No" and advised Najdorf to play 4...Ne7 which
he did and Najdorf won a fine game.

Of course it's not really fair but Najdorf was Najdorf and players
did not seem to mind him chatting during games, I dare say he
no doubt lost a game or two because of it.

If you get a chance to pick up Najdorf's Life and Games then do it.
Some mouth watering games in there and his life story is fantastic.

So now we leave Gothenburg 1955?


On the same day as the Gothenburg Triangle David Bronstein was
producing this joy of creation. A game overlooked because of the triology.

Watch Black's play with his Queen's Knight, it hops all over the place.
Bronstein simply keeps out of it's way putting his pieces on better squares.
The other Black Knight too does some serious roaming and at the
end of the game it ends up on b8 the stable of it's partner.

A wonderful wee gem and no piece is taken when Black resigns.

[Click here to replay the game]
David Bronstein - Garcia Medina

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 c6 7.Qc2 Nbd7 8.Bd3 Nf8 9.Nge2 Ne6 10.Bh4 g6 11.0-0-0 Ng7 12.f3 Nf5 13.Bf2 Qa5 14.Kb1 Be6 15.h3 0-0-0 16.e4 Ng7 17.Bg3 Nge8 18.Be5 Rf8 19.Nc1 dxe4 20.fxe4 Nd7 21.Bh2 Nb8 22.d5 Bd7 23.Nb3 Qb6 24.d6

A beautiful example of a clearance sacrifice. 25.Nd5 comes winning the Queen.

I been asked if
there any games
one can make
stories out of
to perhaps show kids
to get them into Chess.

This following game
is one I've used before.

You can call the d-pawn
Frodo from Lord of the Rings.

Or a medieval squire wanting
to be a Knight of the Round Table
who has to go and slay the
Dragon King to become a Knight.

Infact it's up to the teacher
how they portray the d-pawn.

Or they can just show this easy to memorise game.
It's a hook that cannot fail to impress young minds
and it's very easy to explain every move.

It has everything a teacher could ask for;
Development v under development (look at the Black Kingside after the game),
Pins, The QNP snatch, a Queen sacrifice, in-between-moves, mating patterns
and an under promotion mate. All from 16 moves.

(It is an actual game. Runau - Schmidt 1972.)

[Click here to see this wee beauty]
The Might D-Pawn

1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 0-0-0 6.c4 Qh5 7.d5 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Qe5+ 9.Be3 Qxb2 10.0-0 Qxa1 11.dxc6 Rxd1 12.cxb7+ Kb8 13.Rxd1 c6 14.Bxc6 Kc7 15.Rd7+ Kxc6 16.b8N

This was the puzzle from the last Corner

Corner Problem No.374

White never moved and won.
Black, rather stupidly, moved and lost

OK what has happened here?

It is simple.

They were playing Pontoon/Blackjack on a chessboard.
(clues on the chessboard)

White pulled a King and Queen = 20 and stuck.

Black too pulled a King and Queen but twisted for an Ace.
He was dealt another Queen so he bust.

What Did Joey Miss No.210

Young Joey Cage was white in a London League match a few
weeks back and played the following game which ended in a draw.

Somewhere in there White missed a stunning move.

All you have to do is stop the game and find it.

[Click here to find to missed shot]
Joey Cage - An 8 year old

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Nd5 9.Nxd5 cxd5 10.Qxd5 Rb8 11.0-0-0 Bb7 12.Qd4 Qc8 13.h4 d6 14.f4 0-0 15.h5 dxe5 16.fxe5 Qf5 17.hxg6 hxg6 18.Qf4 Qxe5 19.Qxe5 Bxe5 20.Bd4 Bf4+ 21.Kb1 e5 22.Bxa7 Rfd8 23.Bc4 Bxg2 24.Rxd8+ Rxd8 25.Rg1 Bh2 26.Rc1 Bf4

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