Saturday, February 19, 2011

From the IDF Chess Championship, 1957

The IDF's championship was started in Israel in 1951 (link in Hebrew). By the late 1950s it became a tradition. In 1957 Davar published an interesting game from the championship, between Maor (White) and Bonin (Black), which shows quite well the dangers of a premature attack -- the old rule, 'the reply to an attack in the wings is a counterattack in the center' still applies. Indeed, practically no top player plays this variation as White.

Maor - Bonin [C78]
IDF Championship , March/April 1957
Source: Davar, 12.4.1957

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 b5 6.Bb3 d6 7.Ng5?! d5!

8.exd5 Nd4 9.d6 Nxb3 10.dxc7 Qxc7 11.axb3 h6 12.Nf3 Bd6 13.d3 0–0 14.h3 e4 15.Nd4 Bc5 16.Nxb5 Qb8 17.N5c3 Bxh3 18.Nxe4 Ng4 19.g3 Bb6 20.Bf4 Qb7 21.Qf3 Kh8 22.Nbd2 f5 23.Nd6 Qxf3 24.Nxf3 Bxf1 25.Rxf1 Rad8 26.Nh4 Rf6 27.Nc4 Ba7 28.Ne5 Kh7 29.Nxg4 fxg4 30.Ng2 Re6 31.Ne3 g5 32.Bc7 Rc8 33.Ba5 Bxe3 34.fxe3 Rxe3 35.Bc3 Rxg3+ 36.Kh2 Rh3+ 37.Kg2 Re8 38.Rf7+ Kg6 0–1

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