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Avraham Malachi vs Alf Bjornsson
"Castling Into It" (game of the day Jul-28-2011)
WchT U26 fin-B 16th (1969), Dresden, rd 6, Aug-13
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  1-0


Annotations by Neil R McDonald.

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  raul555: 16 ... Qg7 ?
Jul-28-11  rhedrich: 16...Qg7 17. Bc4+ Kh8 (all other moves lose the exchange) 18. Nxg6+ Qxg6 19. Qxf8+ also loses the exchange.
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  Sneaky: We're told to castle "early and often" but here McDonald claims that 5...O-O was not only premature, but fatally so.

Had Black played 5...c6 then he could have engaged in q-side counterplay with his king safe in the center.

Castling is always a move one must weigh carefully. Not castling when you should is a beginner's mistake; but castling when not necessary can cost you the game as well.

Jul-28-11  erimiro1: Malachi, an Israeli master, played well here, but let me guess, that he does not consider this game to be one of his best. Yet it does'nt exactly fit Fischer's model of "sac-sac-mate" (it's not the dragon), we can surely say that it belongs to its family. The game almost played itself. Still, I wonder if 5.-0-0 is the losing move, or maybe black could do better later.
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  al wazir: I play the Pirc/Robatsch/Modern frequently, and I've learned -- the hard way -- that it's usually a good idea for black to defer castling, and sometimes the K-side fianchetto as well, until he has started some action on the Q-side.

Exactly what McDonald says.

Jul-28-11  solskytz: Avraham Malakhi... an Israeli master.

My last tournament game in full time control before I left Israel, back in 2003, was against him.

I played a White Ruy Lopez and got quickly into complications. He was up a pawn and had a rook infiltrate my 2nd rank in a complex ending with many pieces.

Suddenly I discovered a resource and managed to exchange everything, sacrificing a piece in the process..

and reached an ending with a bare king against bishop and two pawns.

One pawn was going to fall next move... the other one was the wrong Rook's pawn!

My first draw against a master in tournament play!

Makes me want to go back to tourneys again...

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  swr: An instructive game, but I don't know about GOTD...
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  kevin86: Castling can have its drawbacks-in addition to its drawbridges. lol
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  Sem: Perhaps 9. Qa5; 10. Kb1 Qh5 was indicated.
Jul-28-11  psmith: If 18...Qf7 19. Rd8+ Ne8 20. Rxe8+ Qxe8 21. Qxh7+ Kf8 22. Qh8+ Ke7 23. Rh7+ Kd8 24. Qf6+ -- I think (used no computer).
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  chrisowen: Solo montagne a knight pent f4s

I fumble pa5

Gin bitter plan hoot kingside

Assualt for stipulate it

Early object h5 read mona sucess it

Zombie erd lowly taken c6 mistaken curve

Avraham tandem urgency

Jul-28-11  theodor: <<solskytz>: Avraham Malakhi... an Israeli master...> I like this story.
Jul-28-11  Ratt Boy: <chrisowen>: Thanks for sharing. I feel enlightened.

Wait. What? Huh?

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  Sleeping kitten: 5... O-O doesn't look so big a mistake ; for example, Black could (or should ?) play 6... e5 next move.
Jul-28-11  Oceanlake: A Saemisch attack in the King's Indian a tempo ahead because White hasn't moved the weakening c2-c4
Aug-01-11  psmith: <Ratt Boy> Check out <chrisowen>'s other kibitzes for hours of fun.
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  Nightsurfer: In this game here <A Malachi vs A Bjornsson, Dresden 1969> the standard kingside attack has got started with 5.f3!?!? ... . And, true, that move has got its pro's and con's, namely as a way, first aspect, to counter 4. ... Nf6 (because of White's intent to play Be3+Qd2+Bh6+h4+5 pp.), and, second aspect, to be the ouverture to the matrix of the very masterplan <Be3+Qd2+Bh6+h4+5 pp.>.

That neo-classic masterplan <Be3+Qd2+Bh6+h4+5 pp.> can work very well against an unsuspecting Black player - as it has been the case in this game here <A Malachi vs A Bjornsson, Dresden 1969> and 40 years later in the game R Gralla vs J Groetzbach, 2009 , the latter game being an encounter in the scenario of the Closed Sicilian, though.

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  whiteshark: The game is not replayable:

<5. Qd2 c6> should be / read as <6. Qd2 c6 <>>

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