BtM 7A: TADOC RAM

April 1988, Position J



White to play
Rivas - Luce, Berga 1987

Contributions are welcome in the comments box. I’ll reply with what the Masters have to say about their choice to anybody who suggests a move.

Scroll down to see some commentary from me and the Masters’ feedback.

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Do you know GM RAM, Rashid Zyatdinov’s book from 2001? It’s one of the most extraordinary chess books ever published.

The core of the book is nearly 300 positions printed without any verbal explanation. Or analysis. Or even a label of which side is to move.

At the end of GM RAM there’s a collection of games. Unannotated. Just the bare game scores.

That’s it. That’s the entire book. As an author, I can never make my mind up whether Zyatdinov is a genius or the laziest mofo who ever lived. Or both.



left: Tal - Larsen (10), Candidates’ 1965
right: Szalanczy - Gavrikov, Hungary 1988 (BtM 6A)


I’ll come back to the chess positions at some later date. The games you’re supposed to memorise. Rote learning a few dozen chess games is an interesting idea,  and, for what it’s worth, my feeling is that it’s a good one.

So I thought I’d start at The Abysmal Depths of Chess RAM collection. Games to memorise that would help tackle a position from Beat the Masters. I’ll begin with Tal - Larsen (10), Candidates’ Match 1965 as mentioned by Howell in BTM6.




[Event "Tal - Larsen Candidates Semifinal"]
[Site "Bled YUG"]
[Date "1965.08.08"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Mikhail Tal"]
[Black "Bent Larsen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B82"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f4
Be7 8.Qf3 O-O 9.O-O-O Qc7 10.Ndb5 Qb8 11.g4 a6 12.Nd4 Nxd4
13.Bxd4 b5 14.g5 Nd7 15.Bd3 b4 16.Nd5 exd5 17 exd5 f5 18.Rde1 Rf7
19.h4 Bb7 20.Bxf5 Rxf5 21.Rxe7 Ne5 22.Qe4 Qf8 23.fxe5 Rf4
24.Qe3 Rf3 25.Qe2 Qxe7 26.Qxf3 dxe5 27.Re1 Rd8 28.Rxe5 Qd6
29.Qf4 Rf8 30.Qe4 b3 31.axb3 Rf1+ 32.Kd2 Qb4+ 33.c3 Qd6
34.Bc5 Qxc5 35.Re8+ Rf8 36.Qe6+ Kh8 37.Qf7 1-0

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POINTS
10: Nd5+
5:  Bc2
4:  Bh7
2:  Qe4, exd6+, f5

MASTERS
Nd5+: Flear, P. Littlewood, Norwood, Conquest, Levitt, K. Arkell, Howell, Pein, J. Littlewood, Horner, S. Arkell
Bc2: Kosten
Bh7: Fidelity Mach 2

SOURCE
1 Nd5+ Rivas - Luce, Berga 1987

Comments

  1. The game continued:-
    18 Nd5+ exd5, 19 exd6+ Kxd6, 20 Qxe8 Qxd3, 21 cxd5 and now 21 ... Qg6 (? - Lamford) 22 Re6+! Qe6, 23 dxe6 fxe6, 24 Rd1+ 1-0
    although according to Lamford after cxd5 White has a winning attack anyway.

    So Jack’s analysis (see yesterday's comments box) was pretty much on the money.


    I’ll come back to the Fidelity Mach 2’s choice of Bh7 in some future post.

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