Monday, December 5, 2016

Golombek vs Penrose 1.d4 Nc6

Harry Golombek born in 1911 won the British Championship on three occasions. Golombek went on to become a noted author. Harry Golombek was one of the best chess journalists of the Twentieth Century. I enjoyed many of his books. As a player Harry Golombek was a FIDE International Master. Prior to the War he played many of the top players in the world. Golombek became famous for games he lost to grandmasters. During World War II Harry Golombek worked as a code breaker. Golombek played hundreds of games against many of the best players in the world from the 1930s to the 1970s. Certainly Harry Golombek played all the top British players, some many times.

Jonathan Penrose of England was born in 1933. He became an ICCF grandmaster in correspondence. After his career Penrose was awarded the grandmaster FIDE title in 1993. In fact, Penrose was one of the most successful postal chess players in history. Also, as a teenager he defeated both Efim D. Bogoljubow and Dr. Savielly Tartakower. In 1960 he defeated World Champion Mikhail Tal.

Golombek and Penrose played each other several times in the 1950s and some later. Jonathan Penrose won the majority of their games. Jonathan Penrose adopted a sharper and more aggressive style. This Queens Knight Defence was from one of their first games.

Golombek - Penrose, Hastings (5), 1950 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 Ne5 3.e4 e6 4.Nf3 [4.f4 Ng6 5.dxe6 is the most critical line.] 4...Nxf3+ 5.Qxf3 exd5 [5...Bd6!?] 6.exd5 Nf6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Bd3 d6 10.h3 [10.0-0 Ng4 11.Bd4 Ne5 12.Bxe5 dxe5 13.Qe4 f5 14.Qxe5+/=] 10...Nd7 11.0-0-0 Ne5 [Or 11...Re8 12.Qe4 g6 13.Rhe1 Bf6=] 12.Qe2 c5 13.f4 Nxd3+ 14.Qxd3 f5 15.g4 Qa5 16.g5 Bd7 17.Rhe1 Rfe8 18.Kb1 b5 19.Qd2 [19.Ne2=] 19...b4 20.Ne2 Rab8 21.c4 bxc3 22.Qxc3 Qa6 23.Nc1 Ba4 24.Rd3 [24.b3 Bf8-/+] 24...Bb5 25.Rdd1 Ba4 [25...Bf8-/+] 26.Rd3 g6 27.Bd2 Bf8 28.Rxe8 Bxe8 29.b3 c4 30.Re3 cxb3 [30...Bf7-+] 31.Nxb3 [31.axb3 Bf7-/+] 31...Bg7 32.Qc1 Ba4 [32...Bb5-+] 33.Qa3 Qf1+ 34.Re1 Qd3+ 35.Kc1 0-1


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