About 30 years ago, Thomas Morris was the chess champion of Georgia. One postal game we played saw me try the Sicilian Defence 2.c3. The Alapin variation was a rare choice for me as White, since I like the normal Open Sicilian 2.Nf3/3.d4 lines. The year 1981 was one of my most active chess years, and 1982 was even more successful. I developed a reputation among the experts and masters in APCT. All that promise would wane with my personal life tragedy of 1983. Happily, the sun would rise again in the late 1980s in the form of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit and my pleasure in chess returned.
Below at first we hold back our d-pawns, but by move 7, we both have isolated d-pawns in the center of the board at d4 and d5. I remember studying this type of position in books on chess strategy by Ludek Pachman. I owned the entire three book series, as well as the edited summary edition "Modern Chess Strategy" published by Dover. In our game after some maneuvering, we agreed to a draw in a symmetrical position. There were no tactical flashes or deep theory. Just solid play with possibilities passed.
Sawyer (2100) - Morris (2250), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Be2 d5 5.exd5 exd5 6.d4 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nf6 8.0-0 h6 9.Nc3 Bd6 10.Re1 0-0 11.h3 Be6 12.a3 Rc8 13.Be3 [13.Bd3=] 13...Bb8 14.Rc1 Ne4 15.Nd2 Qd6 16.f4 f5 [16...Nxc3 17.bxc3 Qxa3=/+] 17.Nf3 a6 18.Ne5 Ba7 19.Bf3 Rfd8 20.Ne2 Na5 21.b4 Nc4 22.Qb3 Nxe3 [22...Qe7 23.Kh1 Rc7-/+] 23.Qxe3 Bd7 24.Kh2 Nf6 1/2-1/2
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Did he finally go mad ?
1 day ago