The Fabulous 1980s: Naestved, Denmark 1988 Photos


Future GM and future US Champion IM Michael Wilder using a typical mode of transportation in Denmark.


Future GM, Swedish battler IM Ferdinand Hellers, has discovered the Tuborg beer cache.The astute reader has already learned some Danish: Øl for Beer. Mr. Hellers, particularly strong and theoretically well versed with the white pieces, ruined Mr. Wilder’s tournament by inflicting a harsh defeat on young Mike in the last round.

IM F. Hellers (2490) – IM M. Wilder (2505), Naestved 1988.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O h6 9. Be3 Be7 10. f4 Nxd4?!

10…Qc7 is commonly seen as is 10…Bd7.

11. Qxd4 Qa5  White is simply much better here. Weirdly, GM Vassily Ivanchuk (then rated 2625) also lost with this poor variation vs Hellers in 1988.

12. Be2 e5  Ivanchuk tried 14…exf4 15. Bxf4 but had a bad game; Hellers-Ivanchuk, Adelaide 1988.  White won in 42 moves.

13. Qd3 Be6 14. Kb1 Rc8 15. Nd5 Bxd5 16. exd5 exf4 17. Bxf4 O-O 18. Rhf1 Rc5?  Unnatural. Better is 18…Rfe8 with a small white edge.

19. Bd2 19. Qg3 is also very strong.

19…Qd8 20. Rf5! Re8 21. Rdf1 Nd7 22. Rxf7 Ne5 23. Qf5 Qc8 24. Qh5 Rxc2  Black cannot survive after 24… Nxf7 25. Qxf7+ Kh8 26. Bxh6 and wins.

25. Bxh6 g6 26. Rg7+ 1-0

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