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Dur­ing the 1981 SA Closed tour­na­ment held in Cape Town, the even­tual win­ner, Charles De Vil­liers, de­feated Guy De Marigny in spec­tac­u­lar style. Play­ing like ‘Tal’, De Vil­liers launched a sac­ri­fi­cial at­tack that caused much ink to be shed in the SA Chess Player magazine, as var­i­ous an­no­ta­tors gave their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of events. David Walker, who wrote a lengthy ar­ti­cle on the game in the Feb 1982 SA Chess­player, was one of this coun­try’s most prom­i­nent play­ers be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing from the chess scene some 30 years ago… De Vil­liers,C - De Marigny,G [B89] RSA ch XXXIII Cape Town, 1981

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qe2 (In­tro­duc­ing the Ve­limirovic At­tack-a line as un­com­pro­mis­ing as its cre­ator)... a6 9.0–0–0 Qc7 10.Bb3 0–0 11.g4 Na5 (11…Nxd4 is jus­ti­fi­ably more pop­u­lar) 12.g5 Nxb3+ 13.axb3 Nd7 14.Rhg1 b5 15.Rg3 Re8 16.f4?! (16 b4 was more cir­cum­spect, now White has to go to great lengths to main­tain the ini­tia­tive)… b4 17.Na4 Bb7 18.f5 e5 19.g6 (The point of no re­turn)… exd4 20.gxh7+ Kh8 21.Rxg7!?

(At­tempt­ing rip open the Black de­fence at all costs, while at the same thrust­ing a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion on De Marigny. Pre­to­ria’s top player at the time, Pi­eter Aal­bers­berg wrote “This is a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion for White and the move played de­serves at least one ‘shriek mark’ as Frank Korosten­ski used to call it” )

…Kxg7? (The de­bate raged over which de­fence, if any, re­futes White’s am­bi­tious con­cept: 21...dxe3 22.Rdg1 Nf6 23.Qxe3! Bxe4 24.c4 bxc3? 25.Nxc3 is win­ning for White-D.Walker; how­ever 24...Bxf5 25 Qh6 Ng4 26 R1xg4 Bg6 turns is bet­ter for Black-Fritz. 21...d3! is the move that eluded both play­ers, and af­ter 22 Rxd3 Ne5 23 Bb6 Nxd3+ 24 Qxd3 Kxg7 25 Nxa8 Bxa8 re­sults in a de­li­ciously un­bal­anced yet equal po­si­tion) 22 Qg4+ (Now the game ends swiftly and pro­saically)… Kh8 23.Rg1 Bf6 24.Bh6 Kxh7 25.Bg7 1–0 Those who know the marvels of chess and won­der why this game of all games does not en­joy greater pop­u­lar­ity may also ask why Pepsi-Cola is con­sumed by more peo­ple than Chateau Lafite, or the Bea­tles are more fa­mil­iar than Beethoven. - Gregor Pi­atig­orsky

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