Let’s start with a nostalgia photo from Lone Pine 1980 that my sister recently discovered in my parents’ Bethesda, MD house – buried for many decades but now unearthed like an archaeological treasure.
What we have here is in the foreground, left, former Candidate GM Yefim Geller tussling with red-haired bearded ex-World Junior Champ IM Julio Kaplan (hailing originally from Puerto Rico). Seated in the back left is a very young IM Victor Frias. I cannot tell who he is playing – readers, have any ideas? I guess we could deduce this answer if somebody has the bulletins. Strolling in the back with the trademark cap is veteran U.S. world championship contender the one and only GM Sammy Reshevsky.
More Lone Pine Action
Continuing with my Lone Pine saga, here’s a tussle versus a former US Champion, John Grefe.
John A Grefe vs Mark Ginsburg
Lone Pine Open, 1980
Ruy Lopez, Cordel Variation, early Queen ‘Development’ Madness
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 4. O-O Qf6!?
Postscript 3/23/08: It’s heartwarming to see IM Lenderman try this rare but playable variation (and win!) in Foxwoods 2008 versus FM R. Negata!
5. b4!? 5. c3! is the best move here (or 4. c3!). John goes in a completely new direction. It’s a sort of perverted Evans Gambit!
5… Bb6 6. Bb2 Nge7 7. c4 Nd4 8. c5 White plays the most actively. Black must start capturing things and hope to stay afloat.
8…Nxb5 9. Bxe5 Qg6 10. a4
A really unique position has been reached after only 10 moves! Black might be a little bit worse here.
10… d6 11. axb5 dxc5 12. bxc5 Bxc5 13. d4 Bb6 14. Nc3 O-O 15. Na4 Bg4 16. Nxb6 Qxb6 17. Qc2 Bxf3 18. gxf3 Ng6 Now black is reasonably happy, having placed a knight somewhere near white’s weakened kingside pawns.
19. Qxc7 Qxb5 20. Bd6 Qg5+ 21. Kh1 Qf6 22. f4 Rfd8
The pawn count doesn’t matter here. Black is super-active.
23. e5 Qxf4 24. Qxb7 Qxd4 25. Rad1 Qa4 26. f4 Nh4 27. Rc1 Nf5 28. Rc7
28… Qa2 29. Rfc1 Qe6! An ideal centralization with a secret point. You’ll see it very soon.
30. Rd1 Rab8! Methodically, black activates every last unit and prepares for a hidden crushing blow.
31. Qxa7 Ng3+!! A very pleasing move to play. White has no defense against this bolt from the blue.
32. hxg3 32. Kg2 Qg4! mates similarly.
32…Qh3+ 33. Kg1 Qxg3+ 34. Kf1 Qf3+ 35. Ke1 Rb2 0-1
White is mated and hence gives up. Too bad I lost many games in the event, but still this one was a thrill.