Draughts analysis by Wieger Wesselink

Georgiev,A. - Schwarzman,A. 2-0 2009.06.20

The second game of the tie break finally brought the long awaited first decision in the match.

1.33-29 17-22 2.39-33 11-17 3.44-39 6-11 4.50-44 1-6 5.31-26 16-21 6.32-28 19-23 7.28x19 14x23 8.35-30 10-14 9.30-24 5-10 10.37-31 20-25 11.24-20 15x24 12.29x20 22-27 13.31x22 17x28 14.33x22 18x27 15.26x17 12x21 16.20-15 13-18 17.34-30 25x34 18.39x30 8-13 19.40-35 7-12 20.30-25 11-17 21.35-30 6-11 22.45-40 21-26 23.40-35 14-19 24.30-24 19x30 25.25x34 10-14 26.35-30 11-16 27.44-40 17-21 28.30-25 2-8 29.40-35 12-17 30.38-33 17-22 31.34-30 8-12

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The players continue their theoretical discussion in the 33-29 17-22 opening. This time Schwarzman stays away from square 29, so Georgiev cannot take the backwards exchange 30-24x34. Instead he takes another backwards exchange.

32.33-29 23x34 33.30x39 18-23 34.39-34 13-18 35.43-39 12-17 36.35-30 23-28

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37.49-44?! Georgiev follows a similar strategy as in the 12th game. It's a dangerous strategy for white, since he risks that the black attack becomes so strong that it cannot be controlled anymore. A nice example to illustrate this is 27-31 38.36x27 21x32 39.42-37? 26-31! 40.37x26 32-38. At the cost of one piece black paves a way through the center towards the promotion line. White can delay the attack with 41.48-42 28-33 42.39x28 22x33 43.34-29 33x35 44.42x33 but after 18-23! 45.47-42 23-29 46.33x24 14-20 47.25x14 9x29 the black piece on 29 is unstoppable.

Despite the big amount of time that Schwarzman invested in the position, he doesn't come up with a suitable plan.

27-31 38.36x27 22x31 39.34-29 31-36? Schwarzman severely underestimates the white response.

40.42-37! Suddenly it is white who dictates the game. The unusual formation 46, 47, 41, 37 blocks all activity on black's right wing, and so black has to start playing on his left wing. But that only weakens his position.

9-13 41.30-24 3-9 42.39-34 18-22 43.34-30 13-18 Schwarzman brings the combination 14-19 44.24x13 28-32 45.37x28 22x35 46.13x11 16x7 into play. By this he disturbs the white strategy, but it comes at a high price. With his last two moves black has given up all strategic formations on his right wing, and this gives Georgiev the opportunity to start a strong counter attack.

44.37-32! 28x37 45.41x32 26-31

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46.24-20? Georgiev finds the right plan, but plays the moves in the wrong order. With 46.44-40! he could have kept the pressure on the black position. Then it's not good for black to follow the same plan as in the game because of a small combination: 22-27? 47.32-28 31-37(?) 48.46-41! 37x46 49.28-23 46x19 50.24x31! 36x27 51.30-24 and black is in trouble because the white attack is much stronger than the black one. And after 46...21-26? white blows up the black left wing using 47.24-20! (not 47.40-35? because of 14-20! 48.25x3 36-41! 49.47x27 22x31 50.3x21 16x38 with opportunities for a draw) 14-19 (not 17-21? because of 48.47-41 36x47 49.40-35 47x24 50.30x10 W+) 48.40-35! etc., while black's attack crashes against the three white pieces on the bottom row.

22-27! 47.32-28 31-37! 48.28-23 27-32! 49.23x12 17x8 50.44-40 32-38! Black is just in time to neutralize the threat 51.47-41 36x47 52.40-35 47x24 53.30x10. Note that black now doesn't have to fear 51.47-42 38x47 52.40-35 47x24 53.30x10 36-41 etc.

51.40-35 37-42?? Schwarzman collapses under the pressure of the clock. He wants to make a king as soon as possible, but that brings him into a hopeless endgame. If he had waited one more move, for example with 8-13 then the game probably would have ended in a draw.

52.48x37 38-43 53.47-41 36x47 54.37-32 47x24 55.30x10 Perhaps Schwarzman had planned to make a king on 49 now, but that fails due to 43-49? 56.10-5 49x27 57.5-14! 9-13 58.14-3! W+. In the game Georgiev resolutely claims the victory.

43-48 56.10-5 48-31 57.5-23 21-26 58.20-14 9x20 59.25x14 31-36 60.14-10 26-31 61.35-30 16-21 62.10-5 8-13

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