R A D I O     M A T C H     R E V I E W E D


 The games of the U.S.A.- U.S.S.R Radio Match are re-
published with annotations b y the American players.
The second part of this series will appear next month.


                        by Albert S. Pinkus
                                                                                                                CHESS REVIEW


19 B-B5        Q-R2

19 BxN?       . . . .

Here I miss my way. The correct plan was 20 R-QBl in order to force a decision in the center. If 20 R-QBl, PxP; 21 B-Q2, O-O; 22 Q-N4 with good chances.
After the less exact text, Black even obtains a slight initiative.

20. . . .         PxB
21 Q-N4      PxP
  22 BxP        Q-Q2
23 KR-Q1   O-O
  24 P-KR4    R-B1
    25 P-R5       B-KB4
26NxB          RxN
    27 P-KN3     KR-B1
     28 K-N2        R-QB5
    29 P-N3        QR-B1
30 P-R4        
. . . .

A last try to obtain some attack, but Black defends carefully and the position soon drifts into drawish channels.

30 . . . .         RxR   
 31 RxR        R-B1
32 RxRch    QxR
33 PxP         PxP   
 34 Q-K2       Q-B3
 35 Q-Q3       Q-K1
 36 P-N4        B-N4
 37 Q-B2        P-N3
   38 PxP         Drawn


    Pinkus shared with Steiner the glory of being undefeated in both rounds. He drew both games with Grandmaster Lilienthal.-Ed.

Ruy Lopez

A. S. Pinkus           A. Lilienthal
White                  Black   

1 P-K4 . . . .

Surprise is always a strong psychological weapon, even (or especially?!) In chess, and I was therefore tempted to play 1 P-Q4 rather than my favorite Ruy Lopez. I felt that Lilienthal was all set for a "Lopez" and might have prepared a new line of play. However, in going over some of the games In the recent USSR Championship, I found that Black had had great difficulty in finding a good defense to the “Lopez.” Hence my decision to see what Lilienthal could accomplish against 1 P-K4.

1. . . .           P_K4
  2 N-KB3    N-QB3
  3 B-N5       P-QR3
4 B-R4       N-B3  
5 O-O        NxP    

The Tarrasch Defense is enjoying a great revival in European chess circles. American players generally favor the close variation beginning with 5 ... B-K2.

6 P-Q4          P-QN4
7 B-N3          P-Q4    
8 PxP            B-K3    
9 P-B3          B-K2   
10 QN-Q2     N-B4    

Lilienthal varies from the more customary 10 ... O-O. His move is not new: I believe it was tried as early as 1896. In My Chess Career, Capablanca discusses the move at great length, and in his notes to the game Capablanca-Chajes
(New York, 1915), proves rather conclusively that Black cannot play 11 ... P-Q5 in reply to l1 B-B2. I was familiar with this analysis, and I imagine that Lilienthal likewise knew the possible pitfalls.

11 B-B2     . . . .

11. . . .       B-N5

Although Black's plan Is to force …P-Q5, the immediate push would lead to sharp play highly unfavorable for Black:
I 11 ... P-Q5: 12 N-K4. P-Q6; 13 NxN,PxB; 14 QxQch, RxQ; 15 NxB, PxN; 16 B-K3 and the Black Pawn at QB7 falls.

II 11 ... P-Q5; 12 N-K4. PxP; 13 NxN, BxN; 14 B-K4, Q-Q2; 15 Q-B2, B-Q4; 16 BxB (simplest), QxB; 17 QxP with an excellent game.

II 11 ... P-Q5; 12 N-K4, PxP; 13 NxN, BxN; 14 B-K4, Q-Q2; I5 PxP with the better game (Capablanca-Chajes, New York, 1915).

12 R-K1       Q-Q2

While working on the analysis of this game, it occurred to me that Black can play 12 ... P-Q5-and perhaps "get away with it." The fact that Black's Queen Bishop Is now at KN5 makes all the difference. Hence the move 12 ... P-Q5 deserves careful study.

13 N-B1       R-Q1
14 P-KR3     B-B4
15 N-N3       B-N3
16 N-Q4       NxN   
17 PxN         N-K3
   18 B-K3       P-QB4

This must he played at once, as White is on the point of exchanging with 19 BxB and then taking the open Queen Bishop file with. 20 QR-B1, after which Black's Queen's Bishop Pawn would be a serious weakness.

                                                                       Game 1 in viewer                               Game 2 in viewer                

The authoritative notes to the USA-USSR Radio Match games in this series were prepared exclusively for CHESS REVIEW by members of the United States team. 




(Bogolyubov Variation)

A. Lilienthal       A.S. Pinkus
White            Black   

1 P-Q4       N-KB3
2 P-QB4     P-K3    
3 N-KB3      . . . .     

Here I expected the normal 3 N-QB3, against which I Intended to play Nimzovich's move 3 ... B-N5. Evidently Lilienthal has too great a respect for this line, as he did not allow me to play it. Against the text•move Black has a choice between:

3 ... P-QN3 (Queen's Indian Defense) a rather drawish line which favors White.
3 ... P-B4; 4 P-Q5, P-QN4 (Blumenfeld Counter Gambit) a difficult line which is also In White's favor.
3 ... P-Q4 (Queen's Gambit) drawish but inclining in White's favor.
3 ... B-N5ch (Bogolyubov's Variation) a little•known line which is also in White's favor.

I therefore decided on 3 ... B-N5ch as a gamble In the hope that Lilienthal might not be too familiar with this variation.
Incidentally, Lilienthal has to his credit very fine wins against Keres and Botvinnik in the 3 ... P-QN3 variation. Recollection of such games is very discouraging!

    3. . . .          B-N5ch  
4 B-Q2       B-K2  
5 N-B3        P-Q4
   6 Q-B2!      QN-Q2

By now I had decided that my opening gamble was turning out unfavorably. Castling King-side does not look very promising, as White can build up an overwhelming attack. Therefore, after a 20 minute study of the possibilities I decided on the text as a preparation for Queen-side castling. I naturally expected White to castle on that wing.

7 P-K4          PxKP
8 NxP           P-B3
    9 O-O-O      P -QN3
10 B-Q3         B-N2   
11 B-B3         NxN     
12 BxN           N-B3   
13 B-Q3         Q-B2  

White's position still looks imposing but Black's game Is solid.

14 Q-K2        O-O-O
15 KR-K1      KR-K1
16 N-K5         B-Q3    
17 B-B2         P-B4!   

The freeing maneuver.

18 PxP       BxBP
  19 P-B4     RxRch
20 RxR      R-Q1
21 RxRch   KxR  
22 P-B5     PxP   
    23 BxP      P-KR3

A waiting move which removes the Pawn from attack. White also adopts a waiting policy, so that the game soon drifts into a logically drawn position.

24 P-KN3     Q-K2

Intending ... N-K1 and ... P-B3 with some prospects or an attack. If 25 Q-Qlch, K-Kl! (not 25 ... K-B2?; 26 NxP! and If Black accepts the Knight sacrifice, there follows 27 B-K5ch and 28 Q-R4 mate); 26 Q-R4ch, K-B1 Now White cannot play 27 QxP? because at 27 ... B-K6ch winning a piece (White's King cannot go to a white square because or
... B-B6ch or ... B-K5ch winning the Queen).

25 B-B2      Drawn

Here Lilienthal cabled an offer of a draw, and I saw no reason to refuse, as White still stands better. Continuing to play to the score was or no use, as the match was already lost, and I might even have been In danger of losing the half point which was offered.