The Classic 80s Part 8: Sandeep Joshi!

The animated Sandeep Joshi was quite a character in New England chess.

Nowadays he’s ‘replaced’ by Jorge Sammour-Hasbun in that region of the country.
Sandeep Joshi vs Mark Ginsburg
US Open, Boston, 1988

Slav Defense, 5. e4 Gambit Line

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 b5 6. e5 Nd5 7. a4 e6 8. axb5 Nxc3 9. bxc3 cxb5 10. Ng5 Bb7 11. Qh5 g6


12. Qg4 Be7 All theory. Black is supposed to be ok here. I had won a similar game previously, in 1981, vs Slobodan Pavlovic in an IM-title clinching game at the Marshall CC.

13. Be2 Nd7 14. O-O a5 15. Ne4 Bxe4 16. Qxe4 O-O 17. Bh6 Qc7


I got a little excited and gave up my rook for a bishop here.

18. Bxf8 Rxf8 19. Bf3 b4 20. Qc6 Qxc6 21. Bxc6 The bishop will cause problems here.

21…Nb6 22. Rxa5 bxc3 23. Ra6 Nd5 24. Bxd5 exd5 25. Rc1 Rb8 26. Kf1 Rb2 27. Rxc3 Rd2 28. Ra8+ Kg7 29. Rb8 Rxd4 30. Rb7 Kf8


I shouldn’t lose this, should I?

31. Rb8+ Kg7 32. Rb7 Kf8 33. Rc1 Bg5 34. Ra1 c3 35. Rc7 Re4 36. Rxc3 Rxe5 37. Re1 Rxe1+ 38. Kxe1 Ke7 39. Ke2 h5 40. Rc6 Bf4 41. h3 Be5 42. Kd3 Kd7 43. Ra6 Ke7 44. f3 h4 45. Kc2 g5 46. Kb3 f6 47. Kb4 Bd6+ 48. Kb5 Ke6 49. Ra5 Be5 50. Kc5 d4 51. Kc4

My scoresheet stopped here. This looks drawn, but I suppose I must have blundered (but don’t see how I can manage that?). Anyway…




So we have to surmise that eventually I resigned for reasons unknown. Or, maybe (horrors) I had lost on time! Here, it appears I can charge my King via f5, f4, g3 or simply keep my K back; I see no winning plan in either event. But when the game was over. Sandeep was really happy!

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