MARK RUBERY CHESS

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The fol­low­ing let­ter was printed in what is un­doubt­edly the world’s best chess mag­a­zine ‘New in Chess’, and high­lights the treach­er­ous route the game is fol­low­ing in or­der to make it more ‘con­sumer friendly’. ‘Af­ter the last games in the Bil­bao Grand Slam had been fin­ished, I leaned back in my chair in front of the com­puter and won­dered: Which of the games from this su­per tour­na­ment are we go­ing to re­mem­ber in five years time? My own an­swer is: none. Not even Topalov’s im­pres­sive end­ing against Ivanchuk will en­dure for long in the mem­ory. So we had a tour­na­ment with six of the world’s top ten play­ers, so much money, so much or­gan­i­sa­tional ef­fort and skill, and no great and mem­o­rable games. How is that pos­si­ble? The an­swer is ob­vi­ous-there is not enough time. 1,5 hours for 40 moves and 1 hour for the rest of the game is sim­ply not enough time to cre­ate a great game. Once play­ers had 2,5 hours for 40 moves. The time con­trol in Bil­bao favours ex­treme open­ing prepa­ra­tion, it favours work­man­like chess, it favours fast and good chess, but it does not favour great games and it cer­tainly does not favour long games. If chess is also sup­posed to be a form of art, should we not give the artists time to cre­ate art? And should the artists them­selves de­mand the time nec­es­sary?-Dan An­der­sen, Copen­hagen Den­mark The fol­low­ing com­plex game would un­likely have been pro­duced had the faster time con­trols men­tioned above been im­ple­mented. Ljubo­je­vic,Ljubomir (2620) - An­der­s­son,Ulf (2585) [B85] Hoogovens Wijk aan Zee (3), 1976

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0–0 Nf6 8.Be3 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.Qe1 0–0 11.Qg3 Bd7 12.e5!? (‘My first re­ac­tion when I played over this game was that if this is good Black can’t play the Si­cil­ian any­more. For­tu­nately the game of chess has not reached that point.’-Tim­man) dxe5 13.fxe5 Nxe5 14.Bf4 Bd6 15.Rad1 Qb8 16.Rd3 Ne8 17.Ne4 Bc7 18.Rc3 Nc6! (‘An­der­s­son, like no other player, knows which pieces to re­treat’-Tim­man) 19.Bxc7 Nxd4 20.Bd3 Qa7 21.Nc5 Bb5 22.Be5

Nc6 23.Bxh7+! (‘I do not see Ljubo­je­vic as a deep strate­gist but what makes his play so suc­cess­ful and dif­fi­cult to counter is that it con­sists of a se­ries of very deep tricks, some­times 20 move long!-Keene)… Kxh7 “In life, as in chess, fore­thought wins.” – Charles Bux­ton

24.Rf4?! (A brave but flawed con­tin­u­a­tion. White de­clined a spec­tac­u­lar draw that was on of­fer af­ter 24 Bxg7 Nxg7 25 Qxg7+ Kxg7 26 Rg3 + with a per­pet­ual check)… f6? (Our silicon friends show the at­tack can be re­futed via 24...f5! 25.Rh4+ Kg8 26.Qg6 Nxe5 27.Qxe6+ Rf7 28.Qxe5 Rd8 29.Rch3 Re7!! 30.Qxe7 Rd1+ 31.Kf2 Rf1+ 32 Kg3 Qb8+. A con­tin­u­a­tion that eluded the many an­a­lysts of the time) 25.Rh4+ Kg8 26.Qh3 Nd8 27.Bd4 b6 28.Nxe6 Nxe6 29.Qxe6+ Qf7 30.Qe4 g5? (30…Qxa2) 31.Rh6 Ra7 32.Rch3 Qg7 33.Rg6 Rff7 34.c4 1–0

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