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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)

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