Games from Folkestone 1933
Saviely Tartakower - Isaac Kashdan [A12]
Folkestone ol (Men)/Folkestone, England (4.1) 1933
6. bxc4 seems more in keeping with Tartakower's "Hypermodern" principles, gaining a pawn advantage in the center.
"A peculiar looking move, but the best way of getting the Rook into play" writes Kashdan.
"Losing time, by exchanging a centrally-placed piece for an undevelped one."
Putting pressure on the long diagonal.
Forcing the win of a pawn.
Suddenly Black has an extra pawn and an overwhelming advantage in space.
Kashdan writes: "The Rook ending is easily won as Black soon obtains a passed pawn."
Kashdan notes that the simplification to a K+P ending also wins but requires careful play: 40... Rd3+!? 41. Rxd3 exd3 42. Kd2 Ke5 43. Kxd3 Kf4 44. Ke2 Kg3 45. Kf1 Kh2 46. Kf2 h6!! (46... h5? 47. Kf3!) 47. Kf1 h5 48. Kf2 g4! 49. hxg4 hxg4 50. Kf1 g3
41. Ra8 Rxg2 42. Rxa5 Kf6 43. Ke1 Rh2 44. Ra4 Kf5 45. Rxb4 Rxa2 46. Rb7 h5 47. Rf7+ Ke5 48. b4 Rh2 49. b5 Rxh3 50. b6 Rb3 51. b7 h4 52. Kf2 g4 53. Re7+ Kf5 54. Rf7+ Kg6 55. Re7 h3 56. Rxe4 g3+ 57. Ke2 h2 58. Rg4+ Kf5 59. Rxg3 Rb2+ 0-1
William Albert Fairhurst - Isaac Kashdan [D15]
Folkestone ol (Men)/Folkestone, England (2.1) 1933
"To isolate the [d-pawn], but the opening of the [e-file] gives White too many chances" writes Kashdan.
Kashdan writes: "Extremely tempting, but it proves unsound." Computer analysis, however, proves him wrong. Kashdan was correct to say, though, that "There was little choice however" -- that is, if White had to play for a win to help the team standings.
20. Rc1! a6 Kashdan(20... Qd6 Fritz8 21. Naxb4! Rh7 (21... Ke8? 22. Qh5+! Kd7 23. Qf7+) (21... Qf4 22. Nd3!) 22. a5! Ke8 23. axb6 axb6 24. Ne5+ Kd8 25. Nbc6+) 21. Ne5+ Kd8 22. Nf7+!! ( Kashdan gives the line 22. Qa5? Qb7 23. Nc6+ Ke8 "and Black has an easy defense.") 22... Qxf7 23. Qxb6+ Ke8 24. Qc6+ Qd7 25. Qxa8+ Kf7 26. Nxb4 Qxd4 27. Qb7+ (27. Nc6!?) 27... Kg6 28. Nxa6
22. Rxc7 Kxc7 23. Nxb4 Bxb4 24. Qxb4 exd4 25. Qe7+ Kc6 26. Qxe6+ Kc5 27. Qf5+ Nd5 28. Qc2+ Kd6 29. Qg6+ Ke5 30. Qh5+ Kd6 31. Qg6+ Kc5 32. Qc2+ Kb4 33. Qd2+ Kxa4 34. Qxd4+ Nb4 35. Qd1+ Ka5 36. Qh5+ Kb6 37. Qg6+ Nc6
Kashdan writes: "At last Black is out of check, and the position is cleared. It is now a matter of getting the Rooks into play, and either winning the Pawns, or building up mating threats."
38. h4 Rad8 39. Qc2 Rhe8 40. Qb3+ Kc7 41. Qg3+ Rd6 42. Qc3 Re4 43. g3 a5 44. Kg2 Re2 45. g4 Rdd2 46. Qg7+ Kb6 47. Qxh6 Rxf2+ 48. Kg3 Rg2+ 49. Kf3 Rdf2+ 50. Ke3 Rxb2 51. g5 Rg4 52. g6 Rb3+ 53. Kf2 Ra4 54. Qc1 Rxh4 55. Qg1 Rh2+!
Black wins White's Queen and stops the pawn after 56.Ke1+ Kb7 57.Qxh2 Rb1+ followed by Rb2+, Rxh2, Ne7, and the free advance of the a-pawn to the queening square. Kashdan got a lucky break in that round, though obviously White's correct attacking continuation was very hard to find over the board - or even with traditional analysis not assisted by a computer.0-1
Isaac Kashdan - Fricis Apscheneek [B38]
Folkestone ol (Men)/Folkestone (6.1) 1933
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Nc3 d6 8. Be2
Black has less counterplay after 26. Rb5 winning a pawn.
No matter what Black does, White gets a mating attack.
Frank James Marshall - Karel Treybal [D55]
Folkestone ol (Men)/Folkestone (15.2) 1933
Marshall's win in this last-round game was especially important for his team, since the Czech contingent had already scored on the other boards. A loss to Treybal would actually have handed the Czechs the Gold medal! Marshall finished with a solid 4 wins and 6 draws, taking the prize for best performance on second board.
More frequently seen today is 6... h6 but the view at the time was that White does well following 7. Bxf6! (7. Bh4 Ne4 is called Lasker's Defense - though Lasker himself often played it without ...h6!) 7... Bxf6 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Bd3
Kashdan notes: "With this move the game now takes a definite character. Black will strive to break through on the Queenside, and White will have the advntage in the centre. The play will be based on the eventual [b5] for Black, and [e4] for White."
The backwa rd e-pawn is not important since White will play Ne5 blocking the e-file.
White forces two connected passed pawns which will be irresistable in their combined lust to expand.
Reuben Fine - Einar Thorvaldsson [D36]
Folkestone ol (Men)/Folkestone (1.3) 1933
A potential weakness. Safer is O-O, Re8, and Ndf8.
Exploiting the hook at h6.
a simply overwhelming position, which Fritz rates an astronomical +40 forWhite!1-0
Marcel Duchamp - Arthur William Dake [E20]
Folkestone ol (Men)/Folkestone (3.4) 1933
The famous artist and New Yorker, Marcel Duchamps, played for his native France on Alekhine's team. His score on bottom board, however, was a rather dismal 2/12!
"Black has now reached a position of the Dutch Defense which gives him good prospects" writes Kashdan.
Leonhard Abramavicius - Albert Simonson [E62]
Folkestone ol (Men)/Folkestone (12.4) 1933
Black's attack along the f-file builds in a logical succession.
"This only hastens the end by forcing the Black Bishop to the correct diagonal" writes Horowitz.
now threatening Rxg3.
35... Bxf2 also wins.
After 38.Kg1 Qe4! it ends quickly.0-1
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