By Jan Tinman

The 1962 applicants’ event in Curaçao used to be one of many fiercest chess battles of all time. on the peak of the chilly conflict, 8 avid gamers contested definitely the right to problem international Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The layout of the event used to be a gruelling quadruple round-robin. Twenty-eight video games have been to be performed at the tropical island, in a competition that lasted months. The air trembled with drama and intrigue. one of many favourites, the bright Mikhail Tal,was taken to sanatorium after 21 rounds and needed to withdraw. 3 different gamers from the Soviet Union, Keres, Petrosian, and Geller, have been making suspiciously brief attracts whilst taking part in one another. the 2 American avid gamers got here to blows over the providers of the second one they have been imagined to proportion. Bella Kortchnoi, whose husband took an early lead within the match, was once a puppet within the fingers of the scheming Rona Petrosian, the spouse of the later winner. And one of many favourites used to be a lanky 19-year-old boy from Brooklyn, Bobby Fischer, who brazenly accused the Soviets of collusion and used to be later confirmed correct. finally, Tigran Petrosian used to be the winner and went directly to turn into the recent international Champion the next yr. yet such used to be the influence of Fischer’s accusations that this was once the final time this sort of conflict was once organised. Henceforth the challenger to the top crown was firm in a sequence of fits. Curaçao 1962 used to be the final applicants’ match. In Curaçao 1962, Jan Timman returns to this conflict of giants and takes a clean examine the video games. Timman describes the process the event and annotates crucial video games (including sixteen of Fischer’s!) in his traditional lucid and instructive kind. Curaçao 1962 revives a practice of serious match books, corresponding to Alekhine’s big apple 1927 and Bronstein’s Zurich 1953.

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Indeed, Black's Queen cannot leave the f2 square, otherwise there will follow 3. g 3 + + or B g 3 + + . Neither can Black's Pawn on g5 move because of 3. B e 7 + + . 2. Q f 4 + The Queen has to be sacrificed to achieve, after 3. Bxf4 gxf4, at least a draw, but ... 3. g 2 - g 3 + ! Qxg3 4. B x g 3 + + . Thus, in the position in Diagram 42 the unhappy situation of Black's King makes the Queen weaker than the Bishop. This example is not intended to shake your faith in the comparative values of chessmen set forth above.

K e 5 K f 7 6. K f 5 (again n o t f 4 ? b e c a u s e o f 6. . K e 7 ! 7. K f 5 K f 7 ) 6. K e 7 7. K g 6 ! K f 8 (or 7. K e 6 8 . f4 K e 7 9. f5 K f 8 10. K f 6 ! K g 8 11. K e 7 , and W h i t e w i n s ) 8. K f 6 K g 8 9. f4 K f 8 10. f5 K e 8 11. K g 7 K e 7 12. f 6 + , and W h i t e q u e e n s . Diagram 70 Diagram 71 In the p o s i t i o n in D i a g r a m 70 W h i t e ' s K i n g stands in f r o n t of the P a w n on the s i x t h r a n k . W h i t e wins i r r e s p e c t i v e of whose m o v e it is.

Rhel means that of the two Rooks that could have occupied the el square, it is the Rook on 111 (and not the Rook on d l ) that did it. For greater precision the number of the rank is also employed. For instance, if White's Knights stand on e2 and e4, then the move N4g3 should be written. Further on the main moves are given in full notation, and annotation (comments) in short. The following signs are used in annotation for economy of space: ! a good move !! a very good (beautiful) move ? a weak move ??

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