Monday, March 6, 2017

Ekebjaerg Wins e5 Pawn Fast

Ove Ekebjaerg of Denmark played 1.Nc3 in the Fifth European Correspondence Championship back in 1967. His opponent was Oskar Kallinger (1925-1999) in the Queens Knight Attack. In this 15 player event Ekebjaerg finished in a tie for third and Kallinger finished in a tie for tenth. Oskar Kallinger of Belgium made the semi-finals of the ICCF world championship four times.

Oskar Kallinger was an International Correspondence Chess Master. For most of his life ICCF did not use ratings. After ICCF started using them, Oskar Kallinger had a peak rating of 2433. Kallinger is not a common name beyond the serial killer Joseph Kallinger born in Philadelphia in 1935, hopefully no relation.

I found two interesting aspects of this game. One was how easy it is for Black to drop a pawn. When Black played 3…e5, who would have thought White would quickly pick it off by move six? The second interesting aspect was that after 2.e4 dxe4 White would have no pawns moved at all until 17.d3. White maintained the initiative with piece play. Being a pawn up, White rushed to the endgame by move 23. But Black did not give up. In fact the game lasted for 33 additional moves.

Ekebjaerg - Kallinger, EU-ch05 corr 1967 begins 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nxe4 e5 4.Bc4 Be7 [4...Nc6] 5.Qh5 g6 [5...Nh6 6.d3+-] 6.Qxe5 f6 7.Qc3 Nc6 8.Nf3 Bf5 9.Ng3 Qd7 10.0-0 [10.Nxf5 Qxf5 11.0-0 0-0-0 12.Re1+-] 10...Be6 11.Bxe6 Qxe6 12.Nd4 Nxd4 13.Qxd4 h5 [13...Qd7 14.Qe3+-] 14.Qe4 [14.Ne4 Qe5 15.Qxe5 fxe5 16.d3+/-] 14...Qxe4 15.Nxe4 f5 16.Nc3 Kf7 17.d3 Nf6 18.Re1 c6 19.Bg5 Bb4 20.Re2 Bxc3 21.bxc3 Rhe8 22.Rae1 Rxe2 23.Rxe2 Rd8 24.Re5 Rd7 25.c4 Ne4 26.Bc1 Nd6 27.Re1 Ne8 28.f3 Nc7 29.Kf2 Ne6 30.Bb2 Rd8 31.a4 Nc5 32.a5 Ne6 33.Be5 c5 34.Rb1 Rd7 35.Rb5 f4 36.h4 Re7 37.Rb1 Ke8 38.Re1 Kd7 39.Re4 Rf7 40.c3 Rf5 41.d4 cxd4 42.cxd4 g5 43.hxg5 Rxg5 44.Re2 Rf5 45.Rb2 Kc8 46.Ke2 Rg5 47.Kf1 h4 [47...Rf5 48.Ke2+/-] 48.Re2 h3 49.gxh3 Rg3 50.h4 Rxf3+ 51.Rf2 Rh3 [51...Rd3 52.d5+/-] 52.d5 Rh1+ 53.Kg2 Rxh4 54.dxe6 Rh6 55.e7 Kd7 56.Rb2 1-0


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