CD's FROM "CHESS DEVON"

This website has been reconstructed from "Keverel Chess". It's financial generation has been made possible mainly by the generosity of private sponsors and various chess organizations throughout Devon  supplemented by the sale of CD's produced by Chess Devon.  These CD's can be purchased by ordering as noted below.

The following CD's are available:-

"Prague 1946" by Harry Golombek

"St Petersburg 1914" by Dr. S. Tarrasch.

Both authors were recognized as very fine chess authors and these CD's contain all the games played in the tournaments annotated in a manner typical  of the writer.  As both authors also played in the tournaments there is a penetrating insight into the competitive nature of the play and the personalities of the participants.

Additions made on 29th October 2006.

"Two World Championships"  The match between Steinitz and Tschgorin played in 1889 and annotated by Steinitz, and the match between Smyslov and Botvinnik played in 1957, annotated by Harry Golombek.  This is the match in which Smyslo wrested the Championship from Botvinnik.

"The Beacon Seniors - 2004"  All the games played in the Seniors (184) and the Juniors (77).  Over 100 games annotated by Bill Frost.

International chess was quickly into it's stride after the end of the Second World War, and in 1946 important tournaments were played at Groningen, Hastings, London and Prague.  Perhaps the most important was that in Groningen, but Prague came a close second.  Peculiarly very little was written about the latter tournament and Golombek's book was not widely known.  It's quality however cannot be doubted.  

St Petersburg 1914 has been lauded as the best tournament ever played.  Many games played there have found their way into anthologies.  To illustrate the quality of the games and annotations, following are two games, the first of which won the beauty prize and the second being the famous clash between Lasker and Capablanca that decided first place.  Although considered to be rather acerbic in nature, Tarrasch also had a wicked sense of humour and this is clearly demonstrated in his annotations.

Both CD's are "stand alone".  No other programme is necessary. 

Prices:-

 "Prague 1946"  - 10:50 

"St Petersburg 1914" - 12:50.  

"Two World Championships." 10:00 

"The Beacon Seniors 2004"  10:00

All prices include UK postage.

Please order by E-mail to bill@frostw170.fsnet.co.uk

(1) Najdorf,Miguel - Sajtar,Jaroslav [E69]
Treybal mem Prague (6), 1946
[Golombek]



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.h3 c6
The Russian system of defence practiced so well by such masters as Boleslavski and Bronstein. The idea is direct attack on the black squares of the board, in especial b2,d4 and f2. Najdorf demonstrates with admirable efficiency how to meet this attack.

9.e4 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.Be3!
Much better than developing the bishop on b2 (as frequently happens) since after b3, White's queen's wing is desperately weak.

11...Re8 12.Qc2 a5 13.Rad1
[Accurately played. 13.Rac1 is not so good since in this variation it is important to be able to control Black's hidden counter threats on d4.]

13...Qe7
[As White's next move shows, this is not a real threat on e4. Better is 13...Qc7 ]

14.Rfe1 Nfd7
[Not 14...Nfxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bf4 winning a piece.]

15.b3 Nf8 16.Qd2 Nfe6 17.Nde2 Bf8
A clear confession of weakness. The point of this variation for Black is the great strength of the king bishop on the long diagonal, but Black, positionally outplayed, is reduced to placing this piece on the defensive.

18.f4 Ng7 19.Nc1 Be6 20.Bd4 f5 21.exf5 Nxf5 22.Bf2 Rad8 23.a3 Qf7
[Black is strangely reluctant to place his queen on the correct square. Still best was 23...Qc7 ]

24.g4 Ng7 25.b4 axb4 26.axb4 Nd7 27.Ne4 Nf6
[Not 27...Bxc4 28.Ng5 Qf6 29.Bd4 Ne5 30.fxe5 dxe5 31.Qc3 winning a piece. But as played Black has to concede material. The defence is very difficult but the position is still tenable after; 27...h6! for if then 28.Nxd6 Bxd6 29.Qxd6 Bxc4 and Black has room to breathe.]

28.Ng5 Qd7
[Or 28...Qe7 29.Nxe6 Nxe6 30.f5 whilst if; 28...Qc7 29.Bd4 wins material as in the actual game.]

29.Bd4 Nxg4 30.hxg4 Bxg4 31.Rxe8 Rxe8 32.Re1 Nh5 33.Rxe8 Qxe8 34.Qe3 Qxe3+ 35.Bxe3 d5
[The ensuing end game must be played with great care by White since every pawn that is exchanged increases the danger of a draw. If after the text move 35...d5 White plays 36.cxd5 Bxb4 37.dxc6 bxc6 38.Bxc6 Bd6 39.Nd3 Bf5 and Black will eventually win the f-pawn with an easy draw.]

36.c5 Bg7 37.Nf3 Kf7 38.Nd3 Ke6 39.Kf2 Bf6 40.Ng5+ Kf5 41.Nf3
[If 41.Nxh7 Bh4+ 42.Kg1 Bg3 ]

41...h6 42.Nd4+ Bxd4 43.Bxd4 Nxf4 44.Nxf4 Kxf4 45.Be3+ Ke5 46.Bxh6 Kd4 47.Bd2 Bf5 48.Bf3 Kc4 49.Ke3 d4+ 50.Kf4 Kd3 51.Be1 Kc2 52.b5 Kd3
[If 52...d3 53.b6 d2 54.Bxd2 Kxd2 55.Bxc6 Bc8 56.Be4 followed by Ke5, Kd6 etc.]

53.bxc6 bxc6 54.Ke5 Ke3 55.Bxc6 d3 56.Be8 d2 57.Bxd2+
[Now after 57.Bxd2+ Kxd2 58.c6 Kc3 59.c7 Kb4 60.Kd6 Bc8 61.Kc6 Ka5 62.Bd7 Ba6 63.Bg4 Bb5+ 64.Kb7 g5 65.Ka7 Ba6 66.Bd7 g4 67.Bxg4 Kb5 68.Be2+ Kc6 69.Kb8 White forces the pawn home.] 1-0