Draughts analysis by Wieger Wesselink

Schwarzman,A. - Georgiev,A. 1/2-1/2 2009.06.17

1.32-28 19-23 2.28x19 14x23 3.37-32 10-14 4.41-37 17-21 5.35-30! Schwarzman searches for complications early on in the game.

20-25 6.33-29 11-17 7.39-33 7-11 8.44-39 5-10 9.40-35 1-7 10.50-44 14-19 11.33-28 9-14 12.31-27 3-9 13.38-33

diagram 1
diagram 4

A very interesting position has appeared on the board. The most exciting continuation is now 14-20. Then after 14.30-24 19x30 15.35x24 21-26 16.28x19 18-22 17.27x18 12x14 18.44-40 a dynamical position remains with a white outpost on 24. Even more exciting is 14.44-40 9-14 15.42-38 4-9 16.47-42 21-26 (not 20-24? 17.29x20 15x24 because of 18.34-29 23x34 19.40x20 25x34 20.39x30 14x34 21.28-22 17x39 22.38-33 39x28 23.32x3 21x41 24.46x37) and both after 17.49-44 and after 17.30-24 19x30 18.35x24 a complicated position remains with opportunities for both.

21-26 14.44-40 17-22 Georgiev simplifies the position. Not possible was 14-20? due to 15.27-22 18x38 16.29x18 12x41 17.46x37 38x29 18.34x1 25x34 W+. But 17-21 seemed a good opportunity to keep the tension on the board. Then after 15.30-24 19x30 16.35x24 14-19 17.40-35 19x30 18.35x24 11-17 19.28x19 18-22 20.27x18 12x14 21.45-40 black can for example force white to escape to 15 with 17-22 (not immediately 14-19? due to 22.33-28 19x30 23.29-24 30x19 24.28-22 17x28 25.32x1 W+) 22.32-28 14-19 23.28x17 19x30 24.40-35 21x12 25.35x24 10-14.

The dutch draughts trainer Tjalling Goedemoed posted the following comment: "I think Georgiev will play 14...17-21 15.43-38 14-20. Now 16.30-24 is the best move, but let's look at 16.48-43:

16...12-17 reminds us of the Valneris - Ivanov game at the coast of Spain: 17.30-24! 19x30 18.28x19! 13x24 19.33-28!! 24x31 20.35x24 20x29 21.34x5 +

Black can play 10-14. White can't take 17.30-24 19x30 18.28x10 12-17 19.35x24 26-31 20.37x26 13-19 21.24x22 17x48 22.26x17 11x31 23.36x27 20-24 24.29x20 25x5 +.

17.46-41 20-24 18.29x20 15x24 19.34-29 25x34 20.29x20 14x25 21.40x29 23x34 22.39x30 25x34 23.49-44 19-23! 24.28x19 13x24 25.44-39 24-30! 26.35x24 9-14 27.39x30 14-20 28.24x15 4-10 29.15x4 12-17 30.4x22 17x48 B+"

15.28x17 11x31 16.36x27 12-17 17.46-41 17-22 18.41-36 22x31 19.36x27 18-22 Georgiev doesn't find constructive counterplay against the white attack, so he retreats. The general opinion was that white has some advantage now.

20.27x18 23x12 21.42-38 7-11 22.30-24 19x30 23.35x24 12-18 24.32-28 11-17 25.38-32 Here the move 26.28-23? was prohibited due to the elementary combination 17-22 27.23x3 22-28 28.33x22 13-19 29.24x13 9x27 30.3x20 15x31 B+.

18-22 26.43-38 6-11

diagram 2
diagram 1

Perhaps here 27.29-23 was a good alternative for white. Then after 13-19 28.24x13 9x29 29.34x23 a very irregular position remains. In the game it is Georgiev who slowly takes over the initiative. GMI Ron Heusdens called the black plan a typical Gantwarg surrounding.

27.37-31 26x37 28.32x41 16-21 29.41-37 11-16 30.48-43 14-20 31.28-23 10-14 32.47-41 13-19 33.24x13 8x28 34.29-24 20x29 35.34x32 Now black has a small but definite advantage, because white misses the control over square 24 and what's even more important, the black position is further advanced.

2-8 36.40-34 14-19 37.33-29 19-24! 38.29x20 15x24 Black increases his lead in development with two. Now white has to be careful not to lose control over the position. With a few precise moves Schwarzman manages to avoid any problems.

39.45-40! 9-14 40.40-35 14-19 41.38-33 8-13 42.49-44! 13-18

diagram 2
diagram 2

With the next exchange Schwarzman completely equalizes the position, after which a draw is the logical result. 43.33-28! 22x33 44.39x28 4-9 45.41-36 9-13 46.44-39 24-30 47.35x24 19x30 48.43-38 30-35 49.38-33 18-22 50.37-31 13-18 51.31-27 22x31 52.36x27

© Wieger Wesselink http://10x10.org