Saturday, January 3, 2015

Smith-Morra Sicilian Taylor Warren

Twenty-two years ago Randy Pals asked the question in a forum:
"And how can a postal master like David Taylor successfully use the SM in
international correspondence chess? You would think that if it was really
unsound, high level correspondence games would tell the tale..."

The answer might be that David C. Taylor researched the Smith-Morra Gambit in the Sicilian Defence for several decades. With the recent deaths of Jim Warren and my friend Ronnie Taylor, I waxed nostalgic. I searched for a few of Jim's games vs any players whom I also faced. I found a game between long time tournament and postal chess players: David Taylor vs Jim Warren in the Sicilian Defence.

David Taylor was the seventh US Correspondence Chess Champion. Here is a link to an article entitled: "Chess, Poker, Duplicate Bridge and Backgammon" by Dave Taylor. where he references his favorite openings that offer a sacrifice of the c-pawn: the Goring Gambit and Smith-Morra Gambit in Illinois.

When David Taylor was last active in USCF, he had a correspondence rating of 2382 and an over-the-board rating (25 years ago or more) of 2188. Eventually I plan to post my own games vs David Taylor and Jim Warren from about 35 years ago. Below White begins his assault right out of the opening, but Black mounts a sudden counter attack.

Taylor - Warren, Illinois open 1965 begins 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.0-0 e6 8.Qe2 Be7 9.Rd1 e5 10.Be3 0-0 11.Rd2 [11.Rac1=] 11...Bg4 12.h3 Bh5 13.Rad1 Qc8 14.Bd5 Rd8 15.a3 h6 16.b4? [16.Rc2 Qd7 17.Ba2=] 16...Nd4 17.Bxd4 exd4 18.Nb5 Nxd5 19.exd5 Bf6 20.Nbxd4 Re8 21.Qb5 [21.Qf1 a6-/+] 21...Bxd4 22.Rxd4 Bxf3 23.gxf3 Qxh3 24.Qxb7 [24.Qd3 Rac8-/+] 24...Qxf3 25.R4d3 Qg4+ 26.Kf1 Rac8 27.Qxa7 Rc2 28.Qd4 Re4 29.Qa1 Qe2+ 0-1

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  1. Rev. Sawyer:

    David C. Taylor´s last rating in ICCF (unfixed) was 2528, he need to play 3 more games to get a fixed rating, so, even if he loses those 3 games, he would get a title.

    1. David Taylor has had a long and strong career for correspondence chess. I wish him all the best. Thanks again Jorge Q!


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