MARK RUBERY CHESS
Here is a chess trivia question for you: Which South African born chess player has beaten a World Champion? The answer is the 1983 SA Closed Champion Donald MacFarlane. Whilst playing in England’s strongest Open event of the time, he defeated a promising 16 year old from India in the following game.
Anand,V (2385) - MacFarlane,D [D42] Lloyds Bank op London, 1985
1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Nf6 11.a3 b6 12.Bg5 Bb7 13.Bc2 Re8 14.Qd3 g6 15.Rad1 Nd5 16.Nxd5 Qxd5 17.Bb3 Qa5 18.d5!? (This looks dangerous for Black but MacFarlane is not without resources)…Bxg5 19.dxc6 Ba6 20.Bc4 Bxc4 21.Qxc4 Bf6 22.Re2?! (Losing momentum instead 22 Rd7! Bxb2 23 Red1 poses Black more problems)…Red8 23.Rxd8+ Rxd8 24.c7 Rc8 (Not 24...Rd1+ 25 Re1 Rxe1+ 26 Nxe1 Qxe1+ 27 Qf1 winning) 25.Rc2?! (The flashy 25 Rxe6?! is adequately met by …b5! 26 Qe2 Rxc7. 25 Qc1 with a complex position was to be preferred)… Qd5! (A strong centralizing move where White has the unenviable choice of giving ground or entering a difficult ending) 26.Qxd5 exd5 27.Kf1 Kf8 (And Black is already better as his bishop will dominate the knight) 28.Ke2 Ke7 29.Kd3 Kd7 30.Nd2 Rxc7 (With an extra pawn the South African shows a steady hand in converting the ending into a win) 31.Rxc7+ Kxc7 32.b3 Kd6 33.Nf1 b5 34.Ne3 Bb2 35.Nc2 a5 36.f3 Ke5 37.g3 g5 38.a4 bxa4 39.bxa4 Kd6 40.Ne3 Kc5 41.Kc2 Bd4 42.Nf5 Bg1 43.h3 Kb4 44.Nd6 f6 45.Ne8 Bd4 46.Kd3 Ba1 47.Nc7 Kxa4 48.Nxd5 Kb3 49.Ne3 a4 0-1
The next year the South African defeated the 15 year old Michael Adams convincingly and then in Fischeresque fashion left competitive chess, never to return.
MacFarlane,D (2360) - Adams,M (2295) [A22] Oakham YM Oakham (6), 1986
1.c4 e5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nge2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3 6.Nxc3 Re8 7.Be2 e4 8.d3 exd3 9.Bxd3 Nc6 10.b3 d6 11.0-0 Ne5 12.Bc2 Ng6 13.Bb2 c6 14.Qd4 c5 15.Qd2 Ng4 16.Rad1 Be6 17.Qxd6 Qg5 18.Qg3 Qh5 19.Nd5 Rac8 20.h3 Nh6 21.Nf4 Qh4 22.Qxh4 Nxh4 23.Nxe6 Rxe6 24.Rd7 Rb6 25.Rfd1 Ng6 26.Rd8+ Rxd8 27.Rxd8+ Nf8 28.Be5! 1-0
‘Mr J. Mieses informs us that a tournament has taken place in Munich last September. … Mr Mieses calls this a “Quisling” tournament and thinks that Opočenský, Foltys, Roháček, Rabar, Nielsen, Cortlever and even – Mr Mieses regrets to add – Dr Alekhine ought to be ashamed to go as guests to Germany.
It is with extreme regret that we must subscribe to Mr Mieses’ criticism. The facts of the case appear to lend credence to the political and literary activities with which the present champion has been credited. We have studiously refrained from quoting from his alleged writings because even now we do not think it possible for Dr Alekhine to be the author of the farrago of absurdities and contradictions, which have been attributed to him. … We have nothing to add to what Mr Mieses says; the strictures passed by such a kindly, gentlemanly and fair-minded man are a terrible indictment.’ (British Chess Magazine, Nov 1941)