Draughts analysis by Wieger Wesselink

Schwarzman,A. - Georgiev,A. 1-1 2009.06.08

The third game of the match for the world title was strictly positional. None of the players was able to get even the slightest bit of advantage.

1.34-29 17-22 2.32-28 19-23 3.28x17 23x34 4.39x30 12x21 5.44-39 7-12 6.50-44 1-7 7.30-25 20-24 8.31-26 14-20 9.26x17 12x21 10.25x14 10x19 11.36-31 7-12 12.37-32 21-26 13.41-37 11-17 14.46-41 2-7 15.31-27 5-10 16.40-34 10-14 17.34-30 7-11 18.41-36 17-21 19.33-28 14-20 20.30-25 9-14 21.39-33 24-29 22.33x24 20x29

diagram 1
diagram 1

The dutch GMI Scholma made some interesting remarks during the live chat: "23.37-31 26x37 24.42x31 4-10 25.47-42 19-23 26.28x19 14x23 27.44-39 10-14 28.42-37 12-17(!) (Now white cannot play 29.31-26? because of 14-20 30.25x14 3-9 31.14x12 17x8 32.26x17 11x44 33.49x40 W+1 After 29.45-40 8-12! 30.31-26? 17-22! 31.26x17 11x44 or 30.35-30? 18-22 31.27x20 15x42 are forbidden, while after 30.49-44 21-26 31.27-21 16x27 32.32x21 23-28 white has to search a draw) 29.35-30 17-22 30.45-40 11-17 31.49-44 21-26 (not 8-12? or 3-9?32.31-26 22x33 33.39x10 15x4 34.30-24 29x20 35.25x23) 32.39-33 (after 32.27-21 16x27 33.32x12 8x17 white cannot attack 34.39-33? 6-11 35.33x24 23-29 36.24x33 22-27 37.31x22 17x50) 17-21 33.33x24 8-12 34.38-33(!) 3-9 ( 23-28? 35.32x23 18x49 36.27x20 and the black king wil be captured; 3-8(?) 35.32-28! 21x41 36.28x10 26x37 37.36x47 15x4 38.25-20 and black is in danger; 23-29? 35.33-28! 22x33 36.43-39 29x20 37.39x28 advantage for white) 35.40-35 23-28 36.32x23 18x40 37.27x7 6-11 38.35x44 11x2 with interesting (draw) position. It's understandible that Schwarzman avoided this kind of dangerous complications."

23.44-39 29-33 24.38x29 26-31 25.37x17 11x24 26.36-31 4-9 27.43-38

diagram 2
diagram 2

12-17! The white position is a bit more flexible than the black one. And so Georgiev has no interest in closing the position with 19-23 28.31-26 14-19 29.38-33 15-20 30.25x14 19x10 31.33-28 13-19. Instead he initiates an attack through the center. Although he will have realized that it's not nearly enough to worry the world champion.

28.47-41 18-22 29.27x18 13x22 30.41-36 6-11 31.42-37 8-13 32.48-42 22-28 33.32x23 19x28 34.38-32

The black position is too well-developed, so Schwarzman doesn't even bother to surround the attacking piece on 28. After the next exchange the positions are completely neutralized, and so a draw is unavoidable.

16-21 35.32x23 21-27 36.31x22 17x19 37.37-32 19-23 38.49-43 13-18 39.42-38 11-17 40.32-28 23x32 41.38x27

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