White Dr Florian Black G. Wood

RUY LOPEZ


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.Re1

An unusual line, which occurred in the correspondence game Cambridge Town-Hastings, 1921.  Even less usual is 6.Qe2 which has been suggested by Tartakower and may eventually be fully tested.

6...Nc5 7.Bxc6 dxc6 8.d4 Ne6 9.Nxe5 Be7

Not 9...Qxd4 10.Qxd4 Nxd4 11.Ng6 and wins.

10.c3 O-O 11.f4 f6 12.Nf3

12.Nd3 Qd5 13.Be3 b5 14.Nd2 c5 equalises, according to the "Handbuch".  The text enables White, after 12...Qd5 13.c4 Qxc4 (Hastings played 13...Qh5 14.Nc3 Bd6 15.Ne2 Rd8 16.Qb3 with a slight advantage for White) 14.f5 Bb4 15.fxe6 Bxe1 16.e7 Re8 17.Qxe1 to complicate the issue without any certainty of gaining an advantage.

12...f5

It is necessary to prevent 13.f5 which would give White a big advantage.

13.Qb3 Qd5

13...Qd6 might be better at once, for White's next move increases his grip on the central squares.

14.c4 Qd6 15.Be3 c5

White might otherwise become dangerous with Nc3 followed by c5 or d5.  Black prepares by blockading the position, slowly to exhaust White's attack.

16.d5 Nd8 17.Nc3 Nf7 18.Kh1

In order, after doubling the rooks, to threaten Bxc5, winning a pawn; but the threat is easily parried, and the more straightforward 18.Re2 etc. was probably better.

18...b6 19.Re2 Bf6 20.Rae1 Bd7 21.Ne5

After this Black has no difficulty in freeing himself, but even after 21.Bd2 Rae8 would seem to yield an adequate defence.

21...Nxe5 22.fxe5 Bxe5 23.Bxc5 Qxc5 24.Rxe5 Rae8 25.Rxe8

The result of the combative line has merely been to merely to leave White's queen tied to the c-pawn and unable to return to the defence of the first and second ranks.  Further simplificatiion is thus necessary, but then the advantage of a good bishop over a knight is an end-game factor in Black's favour.

25...Rxe8 26.Rxe8 Bxe8 27.Ne2 Bh5 28.Ng3 Bg6 29.Ne2 Bh5 30.Ng1

White no longer has reason to hope for more than a draw, so he would have been wiser to offer it by 30.Ng3

30...Bf7

After this the threat of ...b5 becomes serious.

31.Qd3 Bg6 32.Qe2 Kf8 33.Nf3 b5


White: Florian; Black: Wood
London, 1947

34.Ne5

Not at all good, as the sequel shows. 34.b3 was necessary.

34...Be8 35.Qf3!

Now 35.b3

35...g6 36.Qf4 bxc4 37.Qd2

He cannot play 37.Qxc4 Qxc4 38.Nxc4 Bf7 winning a pawn, for if 39.Ne3 f4 etc.

37...Kg8 38.h3 Kg7 39.Qc3 Kg8

39...Kf8 40.Nxc4 Qxd5 41.Qh8 Qg8 42.Qf6 followed by Qxa6, would give White good prospects.

40.Qxc4 Qxc4 41.Nxc4 Bf7 42.d6

Desperation, because he must now remain s pawn to the bad with a hopeless ending.

42...cxd6

White exceeded the time-limit

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