White H. Golombek Black J. Foltys

Notes (G) by H. Golombek; (K) by I.Konig in "Chess"


1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.a3

An ill-fated attempt to avoid the Meran Defence which is inferior to both 6.Qc2 and 6.Bd3 (G)  This idea of avoiding the Meran Variation proves to be a loss of tempo as Black changes his plan (K).

6...Bd6 7.Bd3 O-O 8.O-O Qe7 9.e4

If 9.b4 dxc4 10.Bxc4 e5 is still better for Black, but better than the text is 9.Qc2.

9...dxc4 10.Bxc4 e5

Now Black has come into a system favoured by Tchigorin with a tempo to the good. (K)


Not a good manoeuvre, but White wishes to play for a win and so gets a loss.  Best was 11.d5 Nb6 12.Ba2 cxd5 13.Nxd5 Nbxd5 14.Bxd5 Nxd5 15.Qxd5 Be6 16.Qa5 with a probable draw. (G)

11...h6 12.Bh4

White's last chance of saving material was by 12.Bxf6 though even then his game would be much inferior. (G)

12...exd4 13.Qxd4

13.Nxd4 would be answered by 13...Ne5 just the same. (K)

13...Ne5 14.Bg3 c5 15.Qd1

If 15.Nd5 Nxf3 followed by 16.gxf3 cxd4 wins a piece.

15...Nxc4 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.Qxd6 Nxd6 18.e5

White: Golombek; Black: Foltys
London, 1947


This is the clearest refutation of Golombek's inventive defence. 18...Nc4 19.exf6 would have given White some fighting chances. (K)

19.exf6 Nxc3 20.bxc3 gxf6

The ensuiing endgame end-game is won, with startling rapidity by Black owing to the superiority of his bishop over White's knight and to the power of three pawns to two on the queen side. (G)

21.Rfe1 Be6

Naturally Black with his strong bishop and extra pawn has a won game, but the rest of the game is very instructive. (K)

22.h3 Rfd8 23.Rad1 b5 24.Nd2

White has no good moves; he tries to centralise his knight (K)

24...f5 25.Nf3 Kg7 26.Ne5 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 f4!

Preventing White from strengthening the position of his knight by

28.Rd6 a5 29.Rb6 b4

On this pawn sacrifce has been based Black's strategy, making full use of his strong bishop at e6. (K)

30.cxb4 cxb4 31.axb4 a4 32.Rc6 a3 33.Rc1 a2 34.Ra1 Rd8


There is no defence against 35...Bb3 followed by ...Rd1ch. 35.b5 Rd5 is the simplest.  a very exactly played end-game by Foltys. (K)

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