Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fawbush Crushes Caro-Kann

George Fawbush was known for his sharp uncompromising play. His choice of opening variation always held some surprise for his opponents. Fawbush demonstrated the value of original attacks in standard chess openings. By 1979 I had made significant progress in my game. I was still playing too passive in an attempt to play solid chess.

Throughout most of the 1970s I chose the Caro-Kann Defence. When Fawbush played the 4.c4 Panov, I responded with 5…g6. This was my attempt to mix it up with the master. The idea is that if White attacks d5, Black will defend and later attack d4.

Fawbush preferred wide open play. Clearly George analyzed more deeply that I did in our postal games. These were the days before we had chess engines. His play was not always accurate. George Fawbush played at a master level, not a grandmaster level.

Fawbush was always aggressive. It seemed to me he was far more tactical than strategical. And he would take risks to avoid any drawish position. He played to win.

Another quirk about Fawbush was his propensity to send long strings of “IF” moves that were five or moves long. This made the game move very fast. The cost of a stamped postcard was 10 cents. As I recall, “GEF” won this 19 move game and spent a total of about one US dollar in postage. In this game Fawbush outplayed me quickly.

Fawbush (2200) - Sawyer (2000), corr APCT 1979 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Qb3 Nb6 [7...e6=] 8.Bb5+ Bd7 9.Nf3 Bg7 10.Bxd7+ N8xd7?! [10...Qxd7!=] 11.a4 Qb8? [11...a5 12.0-0 0-0 13.Re1+/=] 12.a5 Nc8 13.0-0 0-0 14.g3 [14.Nd5!+-] 14...Nf6 15.Bf4 Nd6 16.Nb5 a6 17.Nxd6 exd6 18.Rfe1 [18.Rac1+/=] 18...Rd8? [18...Qc7! 19.Ra4 Rfe8=] 19.Re7 1-0

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