[Event "Varsity Oxford-Cambridge"]
[Site "RAC Club, London"]
[Date "1956.03.24"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Persitz, Raaphi JA"]
[Black "Lloyd, David Edward"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C06"]
[Annotator "Persitz, Raaphi - CHESS Magazine"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "1956.03.24"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceTitle "The Times"]
[WhiteTeam "Oxford University"]
[BlackTeam "Cambridge University"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]
[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]
1. e4 ({My opponent told me that he considered this a marked improvement upon}
1. Nh3 {, which I had recklessly ventured in the University match last year,
with - incidentally - excellent results as far as the opening went. Though I
cannot subscribe to this over-conventional view, still, since the present game
can be taken to have lent some force to it, one perhaps should be fair and
award Black the nebulous distinction and declare him "moral victor." Moreover,
I am beginning to wonder why, while holding the above-mentioned view, he
nevertheless allowed me to play the ostensibly stronger 1.e4.}) 1... e6 2. d4
d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 ({Without in any way wishing to imply that it is basically
unsound, one has to admit that this has long been one of those lines which
constantly suffers from being in a perpetual state of rehabilitation. The main
alternatives nowadays are} 3... c5 {and 3...Nc6. 3dxe4 has no independent
status, while on 3...Bb4? 4.c3 is available now.}) 4. e5 Nfd7 (4... Ne4 {
has never - to the best of my knowledge - been properly refuted.}) 5. Bd3 c5 6.
c3 b6 ({More frequently seen in master practice is} 6... Nc6 {, eventually
followed by ...f6 to undermine the white centre. The text, which prepares for .
..Ba6, aims to exchange the ever-valuable white KB for the comparatively
useless French bishop.}) 7. Ne2 (7. Qe2 {, to thwart the above-mentioned plan,
can be effectively answered by} cxd4 8. cxd4 Nc6 9. Ngf3 Nb4 {and so on.}) 7...
Ba6 8. Bxa6 ({One can, if one so desires, retain the powerful bishop and
retreat to c2 [with} 8. Bc2 {] but then one has of course to reckon with a
troublesome sniper along the a6-f1 diagonal. The text, at least, has the merit
of temporarily dislodging the b8 knight.}) 8... Nxa6 9. O-O Be7 ({More
promising than this, which appears to be the "book move" is I think} 9... f5 {
in order after} 10. exf6 {(as in the game)} ({If, on 9...f5} 10. Nf4 Qe7 ({
not, of course,} 10... Nc7 {because of} 11. Qh5+) 11. Qh5+ Qf7) 10... Qxf6 {
, to be able to post the bishop more actively at d6.}) 10. Ng3 ({The present
world champion [Botvinnik] and others before and after him, have, in similar
positions, often shown preference for the pawn-storm strategy:} 10. f4 {
, etc! The text, although by no means more promising, tends to lay more stress
on fluid piece-play and might well appeal to a player like Keres, for instance.
}) 10... f5 $2 ({Played now, this can be already regarded as the losig move,
in spite of the fact that only one tempo earlier, it would have served well.
Keres (versus Kotov as White [Soviet Championship, 1948]) tried here} 10... O-O
{first, and after} 11. Qg4 f5 12. exf6 {was able to retake with the rook.
Nevertheless, he did not obtain a fully satisfactory position, and evetually
lost after a few vicissitudes.}) 11. exf6 Bxf6 ({Not} 11... Nxf6 $2 12. Qa4+)
12. Qg4 Nc7 13. Nf3 O-O (13... Qe7 14. Bf4 O-O-O 15. Rfe1 {and so on, is the
greater evil.}) 14. Bf4 {Threatening to win the backward e-pawn by way of 15.
Bxc7, and preventing the freeing ...e5.} Re8 {Forced.} 15. Rfe1 {Renewing the
threat.} Nf8 16. Nh5 Rc8 ({On} 16... Nb5 {at once,} 17. a4 {(followed by 18.
BxN etc.) is most disagreeable}) ({while if} 16... Kh8 17. Ng5 Bxg5 18. Bxg5
Qd7 (18... Qd6 19. Nxg7 $1 {etc}) 19. Nf6 {is possible, among other things.}) (
{Finally, if} 16... Re7 $2 17. Nxf6+) 17. Ne5 ({Menacing 18.Nc6, followed by
19.Nxf6 winning. Just as forceful, though perhaps a trifle too unkind is} 17.
Ng5 $1 {gaining material in all variations.}) (17. Be5 {also has its points.})
17... Nb5 {(!)} ({Avoiding 18.Nc6, and planning, if given the time, ...Nd6-f5
(or e4). Other moves: (1)} 17... Kh8 18. Nf7+) ({(2)} 17... g6 18. Nc6) ({(3)}
17... Bxe5 18. Bxe5 {are hopeless}) 18. Bh6 $1 Qe7 (18... Rc7 19. Nc6 Rxc6 20.
Bxg7 {leads to disaster.}) ({So does} 18... g6 19. Bxf8 Kxf8 (19... Rxf8 20.
Qxe6+) 20. Nxf6 Qxf6 21. Nd7+) 19. Re3 Nd6 ({Hereabouts,} 19... Bxe5 20. dxe5 {
results in the loss of the exchange (at least).}) 20. Rf3 $1 ({Not so good is}
20. Rg3 {because of} Rc7 {or 20...g6.}) 20... Nf5 ({Or (1)} 20... Kh8 21. Rxf6
gxf6 22. Bg7+) ({(2)} 20... Ne4 21. Re1 Kh8 {and now, the double exchange
"sacrifice"} 22. Rxe4 dxe4 23. Rxf6 {decides.}) 21. Nxf6+ {It is ironical that
just when Black has succeeded in bringing the knight back into play, it is
this very (now excellently posted) piece that robs the queen of her only
flight square f5, thereby determing the game in White's favour.} Kh8 {(?)} ({
The calmer} 21... Qxf6 22. Bg5 h5 {, etc, would prolong the agony (not long,
after 23.Qf4 - ed [BH Wood])}) 22. Nxe8 Nxh6 (22... Qxe8 23. Rxf5) ({or} 22...
Rxe8 23. Bg5 {and Black is a whole rook down.}) 23. Nf7+ Qxf7 {Otherwise 24.
Qxg7 is mate.} 24. Rxf7 Nxg4 25. Rxf8# {Sources: The Times, 26 Mar 1956; BCM,
May 1956, p140; CHESS, July 7, 1956, p282} 1-0
[Event "Varsity Oxford-Cambridge"]
[Site "RAC Club, London"]
[Date "1956.03.24"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Rosselson, Leon"]
[Black "Gardner, Kenneth L"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D51"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "1956.03.24"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceTitle "The Times"]
[WhiteTeam "Cambridge University"]
[BlackTeam "Oxford University"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]
[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. e3 Bb4 7. Bd3 c5 8.
Nge2 cxd4 9. exd4 O-O 10. O-O Bxc3 11. bxc3 h6 12. Bh4 Nb6 13. Qb3 Bd7 14. a4
Bc6 15. a5 Nc8 16. f3 Nd6 17. Bg3 Rc8 18. Bxd6 Qxd6 19. Ng3 g6 20. Qc2 Kg7 21.
f4 Rfe8 22. Qd2 Ne4 23. Bxe4 dxe4 24. Qe3 f5 25. c4 Bd7 26. Rfc1 Rc7 27. Nf1
Rec8 28. Nd2 Be8 29. c5 Qe6 30. Nc4 Bc6 31. a6 Rb8 32. Rab1 Bd5 33. Nd6 b6 34.
Nb5 Rd7 35. Qc3 Rc8 36. Qb2 bxc5 37. dxc5+ Qf6 38. Qxf6+ Kxf6 39. Nd6 Rc6 40.
Kf2 Rxa6 41. Rb8 {adjudicated (Source: The Times, 26 Mar 1956)} 1/2-1/2
[Event "Varsity Oxford-Cambridge"]
[Site "RAC Club, London"]
[Date "1956.03.24"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Mutkin, Henry Gerald"]
[Black "Collins, Malcolm F"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[PlyCount "53"]
[EventDate "1956.03.24"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceTitle "The Times"]
[WhiteTeam "Oxford University"]
[BlackTeam "Cambridge University"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]
[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]
1. Nf3 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Ng5 Nf6 4. d3 Nc6 5. dxe4 h6 6. Nf3 e5 7. Bc4 Bc5 8.
O-O d6 9. h3 Na5 10. Bb5+ Bd7 11. Bxd7+ Qxd7 12. a3 Nc6 13. Nc3 O-O 14. Nh4 Kh7
15. Qd3 Nh5 16. Nf5 Nd4 17. Be3 Nxf5 18. exf5 Nf4 19. Bxf4 exf4 20. f6+ g6 21.
Nd5 c6 22. Rae1 Rae8 23. Re7+ Rxe7 24. fxe7 Rf7 25. Re1 Qe8 26. Re6 Rg7 27.
Nf6+ {Source: The Times, 26 Mar 1956} 1-0
[Event "Varsity Oxford-Cambridge"]
[Site "RAC Club, London"]
[Date "1956.03.24"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Gray, Denis John Pereira"]
[Black "Stern, Ken"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B23"]
[PlyCount "37"]
[EventDate "1956.03.24"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceTitle "The Times"]
[WhiteTeam "Cambridge University"]
[BlackTeam "Oxford University"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]
[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Be2 e6 4. d3 d5 5. exd5 exd5 6. Bf4 Nf6 7. Nf3 d4 8. Nb1
Be7 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. Ne5 Nd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bg3 f5 13. h3 f4 14. Bh2 Ne3 15.
fxe3 Bh4+ 16. Kf1 fxe3+ 17. Nf3 Qd5 ({Black's 18th move was a grave blunder
that lost offhand; instead by} 17... g5 {on the previous move, threatening ...
h5 and ...g4, he could have preserved a winning advantage - The Times
(Golombek) (n.b. analysis engines disagree with this assessment, giving White
an edge after 17...g5 - JS)}) 18. c3 Rb8 $4 19. Bxb8 {Source: The Times, 26
Mar 1956} 1-0
[Event "Varsity Oxford-Cambridge"]
[Site "RAC Club, London"]
[Date "1956.03.24"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Richards, David J"]
[Black "Walker, Peter"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A97"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "1956.03.24"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceTitle "The Times"]
[WhiteTeam "Oxford University"]
[BlackTeam "Cambridge University"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]
[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]
1. d4 f5 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 Qe8 8. Re1
d5 9. Qc2 c6 10. cxd5 exd5 11. Bf4 Nh5 12. e3 Nd7 13. Rab1 Nb6 14. Nd2 g5 15.
Be5 Bf6 16. f4 Bxe5 17. dxe5 d4 18. exd4 gxf4 19. gxf4 Nxf4 20. Re3 Be6 21.
Rg3+ Kh8 22. Bf3 Rg8 23. Kf2 Rxg3 24. hxg3 Nh3+ 25. Kg2 Qg6 26. Rh1 Nf4+ 27.
Kf2 Nfd5 28. Nxd5 Nxd5 29. a3 Rg8 30. Nf1 Nc7 31. Qc1 Qf7 32. Qc5 Rd8 33. Rh6
Nb5 34. Rf6 Qd7 35. Rf8+ Kg7 36. Rxd8 Qxd8 37. Ke3 a6 38. a4 Nc7 39. Nd2 Nd5+
40. Kf2 Qg5 {Source: The Times, 26 Mar 1956} 1/2-1/2
[Event "Varsity Oxford-Cambridge"]
[Site "RAC Club, London"]
[Date "1956.03.24"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Taylor, John Dudley"]
[Black "Ball, Robert James"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A03"]
[PlyCount "76"]
[EventDate "1956.03.24"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceTitle "The Times"]
[WhiteTeam "Cambridge University"]
[BlackTeam "Oxford University"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]
[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]
1. f4 d5 2. b3 Nf6 3. Nf3 g6 4. e3 Bg7 5. Bb2 O-O 6. Be2 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. Ne5
d4 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Qc1 a5 11. Bf3 Nd5 12. Rd1 Qc7 13. Na3 Ba6 14. g3 e5 15. e4
Nb6 16. d3 f5 17. exf5 Rxf5 18. Be4 Rff8 19. fxe5 Bxe5 20. Nc4 Nxc4 21. bxc4
Bxg3 22. Qh6 Bf2+ 23. Kh1 Be3 24. Qh3 Bc8 25. Qh4 Bf2 26. Qg5 Bf5 27. Bg2 Be3
28. Qg3 Bf4 29. Qh4 g5 30. Qh6 Bg6 31. Re1 Rae8 32. Ba3 Qd6 33. Rab1 Rxe1+ 34.
Rxe1 Rf6 35. Qh3 Bf5 36. Qh5 Bg6 37. Qh3 Bf5 38. Qh5 Bg6 {Source: The Times,
26 Mar 1956} 1/2-1/2
[Event "Varsity Oxford-Cambridge"]
[Site "RAC Club, London"]
[Date "1956.03.24"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Furmston, Michael P"]
[Black "Cock, John C"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B29"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "1956.03.24"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[SourceTitle "The Times"]
[WhiteTeam "Oxford University"]
[BlackTeam "Cambridge University"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "ENG"]
[BlackTeamCountry "ENG"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Bc4 Nb6 7. Bb5 cxd4 8.
Nxd4 Bd7 9. O-O Nxd4 10. Qxd4 Bxb5 11. Nxb5 Qxd4 12. Nxd4 O-O-O 13. Be3 Nc4 14.
b3 Nxe3 15. fxe3 e5 16. Nb5 a6 17. Nc3 Bc5 18. Rf3 f6 19. Ne4 Be7 20. Kf1 Kd7
21. Nf2 Ke6 22. Ke2 f5 23. e4 g6 24. Rd1 Rxd1 25. Kxd1 Bc5 26. Ke2 Rd8 27. Rd3
Rd6 28. exf5+ gxf5 29. g4 Rxd3 30. gxf5+ Kxf5 31. Nxd3 Bg1 32. h3 h5 33. c4 e4
34. Nf2 Bxf2 35. Kxf2 Kf4 36. b4 e3+ 37. Ke2 Ke4 38. b5 axb5 39. cxb5 Kd4 40.
h4 b6 41. a4 Kc5 42. Kxe3 Kb4 43. Kf4 {Source: The Times, 26 Mar 1956} 1/2-1/2