A White Pawn in Europe

A White Pawn in Europe (part 1) by Murray Chandler

A personal account of his games at the World Junior Chess Championship in Yugoslavia and some English tournaments. August to November 1975


Front cover (see original PDF): N. Cook, W. Kerr.
Forewords: B. R. Foster
Diagrams (see original PDF): W. Ramsay.
Annotations for some English games: N. Cook.

Foreword to part one – Yugoslavia

The 14th World. Junior Chess Championship was played at Tjentiste, Yugoslavia from 16 August to 1 September 1975. A total of 48 players under the age of 20 competed. New Zealand's representative, Murray Chandler, at 15 was the second youngest player and only the third New Zealander to attend this major FIDE tournament.

Murray scored 6 points in the 13 round event (3 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses). Valery Chekhov of Russia with 10 points won from Christiansen (USA) on 9.5 with Mestel (England) and Inkoev (Bulgaria) 3-4 with 9 points.

Phillip Clark from Wellington accompanied Murray to Yugoslavia and afterwards the two players travelled on to England for further tournaments.

In this class of chess Murray might have been outclassed. Certainly his youth and inexperience showed through in many games. Also most of his opponents had the advantage of 2 or 3 years in age and experience in similar international competition. Despite his victories in junior tournaments in New Zealand and Australia, Murray had limited opportunity of preparing for Yugoslavia, having received only four weeks notice that he would be playing. However, it is to his considerable credit that the Wainuiomata schoolboy held his own for most of the tournament.

That he gained and applied a lot of new found knowledge is obvious on playing through the following games. Despite his modest score he made a considerable impression on many of the overseas players and officials both in Yougoslavia and England. There are many who see in him a player who will have to be reckoned with in the future. (Brian Foster).

Round 1 versus Carsten Hoi (Denmark)

This first game was probably my best from the entire tournament. Time trouble played a big factor (as in most of my games) and my 25th move (...Be8!) was intended to be 24...Rd2+. Only at the last instant did I see 26. Qd2 followed by Ng6+ recovering the Queen with considerable advantage. The mate in two I missed at the end was due to severe clock pressure by both players. This game gave me a great deal of confidence as my next few games showed.

Hoi, Carsten - Chandler, Murray G - Wch U20 1975

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.e3 Be7 8.Qc2 Nf8 9.Bd3 g6 10.O-O-O Ne6 11.Bh4 O-O 12.Ne5 Bd7 13.g4 b5 14.f4 b4 15.f5 Nxd4 16.exd4 bxc3 17.fxg6 fxg6 18.Rde1 Rb8 19.Bxg6 Rxb2 20.Bxh7+ Nxh7 21.Qg6+ Kh8 22.Bxe7 Qxe7 23.Qh6 Rb1+ 24.Kc2 Rf2+ 25.Kd3

Moves are clickable

25...Be8 26.Rxb1 Qa3 27.Ke3 Rf6 28.Qh4 c2+ 29.Rb3 c1=Q+ 30.Rxc1 Qxc1+ 31.Kd3 Qd1+ 32.Kc3 Qc1+ 33.Kb4 Qd2+ 34.Kc5 Qc2+ 35.Kb4 c5+ 36.dxc5 Qe4+ 37.Ka3 Ra6+ 38.Kb2 Qe2+ 39.Kc1 0-1

Round 2 versus J. S. Neto (Brazil)

My round one win had put me in the top half of the draw and for the next game I qualified for one of the 10 demonstration boards. It's a great feeling knowing the audience is watching your every move, even if a little nerve wracking at times. Neto was even stronger than Carsten (he finished on 7.5). This time time trouble robbed me of the full point. I played the disastrous 39. Qf8 (see diagram) which looked strong at the time, but leads to a draw by perpetual check.

Chandler, Murray G - Sunye Neto, Jaime - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be2 a6 7.f4 Qc7 8.O-O b5 9.Bf3 Bb7 10.a3 Nbd7 11.Kh1 Be7 12.Qe2 Rb8 13.Bd2 O-O 14.Rae1 Nb6 15.g4 d5 16.e5 Ne4 17.Nxe4 dxe4 18.Bxe4 Rfd8 19.c3 Na4 20.Bc1 Bxa3 21.f5 exf5 22.gxf5 Bf8 23.Bg5 Re8 24.Bf4 Nc5 25.Bg2 Bxg2+ 26.Kxg2 Rbd8 27.Kg1 Qb6 28.Qc2 b4 29.Rf3 a5 30.Rfe3 a4 31.e6 fxe6 32.fxe6 Qa7 33.Nc6 Qb6 34.Nxd8 Rxd8 35.Qf5 Nd3 36.Qf7+ Kh8 37.Bc7 Qc5 38.Bxd8 Nxe1

Moves are clickable

39.Qxf8+? Throws away the win. Correct is (39.Bb6! with an easy win ) 39...Qxf8 40.e7 Qe8 41.Rxe1 bxc3 42.bxc3 h6 43.c4 Qg6+ The game was adjourned after 40 moves 1/2-1/2

In the post mortem I began to realise I was inexperienced in comparison to the top players - for example, they had been coached on how to avoid time-troube, when to seal moves (should you seal a forced move or not?). This is the value of such international competition.

Round 3 versus P Thipsay (India)

Against Thipsay of India my inexperience cost me the full point again. I was unable to decide whether to hold onto or return material gained (see diagram) and I got into time trouble as my winning position slowly deteriorated. Eventually a clever Rook sacrifice brought the Indian his reward and my second game in succession was drawn by perpetual check. During the game the operator of my demonstration board made the move Bf6+ on White's 41st and immediately after the game I was pounced on by Phillip Clark and several others to enquire why I had not moved my king to f8! Thipsay finished the tournament strongly with 7.5 points, but I was not very pleased with my play in this game.

Thipsay, Praveen Mahadeo - Chandler, Murray G - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 b5 8.e5 dxe5 9.fxe5 Qc7 10.Qe2 Nfd7 11.O-O-O Bb7 12.Nf3 Bb4 13.Ne4 O-O 14.Bf4 Bd5 15.Kb1 Qc4 16.Qxc4 bxc4 17.Ng3 Ra7 18.c3 Bc5 19.Nd4 Rb7 20.Ka1 Nb6 21.Re1 Na4 22.Bc1 Nd7 23.Ne4 Rfb8 24.Nd2 Bxd4 25.cxd4 Nxb2 26.Be2 Bxg2 27.Rhg1 Bd5 28.Rg3 Na4 29.Ba3 c3 30.Nc4 c2 31.Nd2 Rc7 32.Rc1 Rc6 33.Bd3 Rbc8 34.Nb3 Ndb6 35.Bxa6 Rd8 36.Bd3 Nc4 37.Be7 Rdc8

Moves are clickable

38.Rxg7+! Kxg7 39.Rg1+ Kh6 40.Bg5+ Kg7 An attempt to escape the perpetual will lead to mate ( eg 40...Kh5 41.Be2+ Kg6 42.Bc1+ Kf5 43.Bd3+ Be4 44.Rg5# Thipsay showed bad judgement here - he should have sealed after 40 moves, and with the draw in hand looked at the position at his leisure. ) 41.Be7+ Kh6 42.Bg5+ 1/2-1/2

Round 4 versus V Inkoev (Bulgaria)

Inkoev finished 3rd= with 9 points and was my toughest opponent. Playing a Pirc Defence the Bulgarian built up a commanding position, but even an imaginative sacrifice did not give him the breakthrough he sought. I had showed my previous game to David Strauss, the American Second and I now understood a lot more about giving back material (30. Qd4). I came out of the scramble with a favourable end game but again a fault of most New Zealanders, weak end game play, held me back and I had to be satisfied with the half point once more. Bob Wade, the English player's second, gave a lot of helpful advice on this endgame: incorporating moves and ideas such as pushing my 'a' pawn and using my Rook at b3 to cut off the Bulgarian's King, and force him into a passive position with his Rook in front of my 'a' pawn. Unfortunately the game was adjourned after I had let the game drift into a draw.

Chandler, Murray G - Inkiov, Ventzislav - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.Qe2 O-O 6.O-O-O c6 7.Kb1 b5 8.e5 b4 9.exf6 exf6 10.Bd2 bxc3 11.Bxc3 Be6 12.Qf3 a5 13.Ne2 Qd7 14.Qg3 Na6 15.Nf4 Nb4 16.a3 Nd5 17.Nxd5 Bxd5 18.h4 h5 19.Qf4 Rfb8 20.Rg1 f5 21.Qd2 Qd8 22.g3 Ra7 23.Ka1 a4 24.Bg2 Bxg2 25.Rxg2 Rab7 26.Rgg1

Moves are clickable

Black now prepares a sacrifice, but surprisingly it gets him nowhere  26...Qf6!? 27.Qd3 c5 28.dxc5 Rxb2 This looks very strong.  29.Bxf6 Bxf6 30.Qd4! Bxd4 31.Rxd4 dxc5 32.Rc4 R2b5 33.Rxa4 Re8 34.Rb1 Rxb1+ 35.Kxb1 Re2 36.Rf4 Kf8 37.a4 Ke7 38.Kb2 Kd6 39.Kc3 Kc6 40.Kd3 Re8 41.Kc3 Kd5 42.Kd2 Rc8 43.Kc3 Kc6 44.Rf3 Rd8 45.Rf4 Rd1 46.Rf3 Ra1 47.Kb3 1/2-1/2

Round 5 versus Henao Calle (Colombia)

At this stage of the tournament I had scored 2.5/4 and was well placed in the top half of the field. Little did I realise when starting this game with Henao Calle that I would not improve my score for another three games.

The Colombian was my fifth top class player in a row (he also finished on 7.5) and he gave me first hand experience on how to capitalise on the opponent's weak moves and how to transform a minute positional advantage into a Zugzwang (move 45 and others). Henao Calle handled the endgame perfectly – the way he refused the pawn offer (move 51 and 52) made the win look so easy. A good game that I was not too upset to lose.

Henao, Raul Fernando - Chandler, Murray G - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.a4 Be7 8.O-O Qc7 9.Be3 Nc6 10.f4 Bd7 11.Nb3 b6 12.Qe1 Na5 13.Qf2 Nc4 14.e5 Nd5 15.Nxd5 exd5 16.Bxc4 Qxc4 17.exd6 Bxd6 18.Bxb6 O-O 19.Bc5 Bxc5 20.Qxc5 Rfc8 21.Qxc4 Rxc4 22.c3 Rb8 23.Nd2 Rxa4 24.g3 Rxa1 25.Rxa1 Rb6 26.Ra5 Bc6 27.Rc5 Bb7 28.Kf2 g6 29.b3 Kg7 30.Ke3 Re6+ 31.Kd3 Re7 32.Nf3 h6 33.b4 Kf6 34.Ne5 Kg7 35.Ng4 g5 36.Ne3 Rd7 37.f5 h5 38.h3 Kf6 39.Kd4 g4 40.hxg4 hxg4 41.Nxg4+ Kxf5 42.Ne3+ Ke6 43.Ng2 Kf5 44.Ne3+ Ke6 45.g4 Ba8 46.Rc8 Bb7

Moves are clickable

This was the adjourned position. Black's position is hopeless.  47.Re8+ Re7 48.Rd8 Rc7 49.g5 Rd7 50.Rxd7 Kxd7 51.Ke5 Kc6 52.Kf6 Kb5 53.Kxf7 d4 54.cxd4 Kxb4 55.g6 Be4 56.g7 Bh7 57.d5 Kc5 58.Ke7 1-0

During the adjournment various friendly helpers from the US and UK contingents, among them Messrs Wade, Mestel and Christiansen offered consoling advice by way of alternative lost Rook, Bishop, or Rook and Bishop, or King and Pawn endings!

Round 6 versus S. Lim (Singapore)

Off the demonstration board for this game, I faced Singapore's Lim, whom I had met the year before at the Asian Teams tourney in Penang. Lim was unlucky to be ill at the start of the tournament but I must have helped. him recover, for after an unpromising 2.5/5 he beat me in this round and went on to get a further 3 wins and 2 draws to finish well on 8 points. The strength of this player lay in the fact that he knew how the position should. be played - I was vainly trying to work up a kingside attack which he countered in the centre and on the other flank successfully. He also combined. positional play with tactics - move 13. Qe2.

Lim Seng Hoo, Lorens - Chandler, Murray G - Wch U20 1975

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O c6 7.Nc3 Nbd7 8.e4 e5 9.h3 Nh5 10.d5 Qe7 11.Ne1 c5 12.Nd3 Nb6 13.Qe2 f5 14.exf5 Bxf5 15.Ne4 Rae8 16.Bg5 Qc7 17.Rac1 Nd7 18.Kh2 Ndf6 19.b4 b6 20.a3 h6 21.Bxf6 Nxf6 22.g4 Bxe4 23.Bxe4 Nxe4 24.Qxe4 Qf7 25.Kg2 Qf6 26.Rb1 Re7 27.bxc5 bxc5 28.Rb3 h5 29.Rfb1 Ref7 30.Rb8 Qf3+ 31.Qxf3 Rxf3 32.Rxf8+ Rxf8 33.f3 hxg4 34.hxg4 Rf7 35.Nf2 Rd7 36.Ne4 Kf7 37.a4 Bf6 38.a5 Bd8 39.a6 Bb6 40.Rh1 Bd8

Moves are clickable

41.Kf2 Kg7 42.Ke2 Bc7 43.Kd3 Bd8 44.Ke3 Ba5 45.Ng5 Kg8 46.Rh6 Rg7 47.Kd3 Bb4 48.Ne4 Rf7 49.Rxg6+ Kh7 50.Rf6 Rxf6 51.Nxf6+ Kg6 52.Ne8 Kg5 53.Ke4 The game was already lost at adjournment time, but again the win made to look so easy 1-0

In the 'Post Mortem' which as usual was extremely instructive, Lim told me he thought my only chance of holding the passive ending was by sacrificing a pawn on move 34 or 35 with e4! One thing is for certain, I've learnt a lot about good knight versus bad bishop endings!

Round 7 versus M Ruefenacht (Switzerland)

I was very disappointed to lose against the Swiss, especially as he had offered me a draw on move 18. I refused the offer thinking his king was more exposed than mine. Ruefenacht finished the game with some nice combinations eg 21...d3, 28 ...Rd8 etc. I learnt very little from this game except that it doesn't help one's confidence to have three losses in a row!

Chandler, Murray G - Ruefenacht, Matthias - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.O-O Bg7 5.c3 e5 6.d4 cxd4 7.cxd4 exd4 8.Bf4 Nge7 9.Na3 O-O 10.Bd6 a6 11.Bc4 b5 12.Bb3 Bb7 13.e5 Kh8 14.Re1 f6 15.Nc2 fxe5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.Bxe5 Bxe5 18.Rxe5

Moves are clickable

I refused the offer of a draw in this position  18...Nc6 19.Rd5 Qf6 After a deep look into this position I discovered I was in trouble in view of the threat, amon others of ...Ne5. So...  20.Rxd7 Qxf2+ 21.Kh1 d3 22.Rxb7 dxc2 23.Qe1 Qxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Nd4 25.Rc7 Rac8 26.Rxc8 Rxc8 27.Rc1 Nxb3 28.axb3 Rd8 0-1

Round 8 versus O Barkan (Turkey)

Against Barkan of Turkey, I really felt the need for a good win to restore my morale! The Ruy Lopez lasted. 25 moves and I finished the game with some nice tactics, which helped my chase for the elusive 50% score.

Chandler, Murray G - Barkan, Ozdal I - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.Bxc6+ bxc6 6.d4 f6 7.Nc3 Ne7 8.Be3 Ng6 9.Qd2 Be7 10.O-O-O Bd7 11.Rdg1 Qb8 12.dxe5 dxe5 13.g4 Qb7 14.h4 Rb8 15.b3 Ba3+ 16.Kb1 c5 17.g5 Bc6 18.h5 Nf8 19.h6 g6 20.gxf6 Nd7 21.Qd3 O-O 22.Qc4+ Kh8 23.Ng5 Nb6

Moves are clickable

24.Nf7+! Kg8 25.Rxg6+! ( If 25.Nd6+?? Nxc4 wins a piece. But ) (25.Rxg6+! hxg6 26.h7# ) 1-0

Round 9 versus O. Knudsen (Norway)

Prior to Round 9 we had two rest days on one of which an excursion was arranged for players and officials to visit a nearby historic battle site. On resuming the tournament on August 27th I met the Norwegian Knudsen, this proved to be a game we were both relieved to draw, the final position being somewhat worse for me. However, not having a.loss for two rounds helped in my next game, so I was quite satisfied with the result. Time trouble, as usua1, accounts for several errors, but that is no excuse for losing or drawing a game. A player must plan his time, and this I still had to learn to do.

Knudsen, Ole Scott - Chandler, Murray G - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 Qc7 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.Nf3 e6 9.O-O Be7 10.Qe1 O-O 11.Kh1 Nb4 12.e5 Nxd3 13.cxd3 Nd5 14.Ne4 dxe5 15.fxe5 Qc2 16.Qg3 Kh8 17.Nd4 Qa4 18.Ne2 b6 19.Bg5 f6 20.exf6 gxf6 21.N2c3 Qc6

Moves are clickable

22.Nxf6 Nxf6 23.Rxf6 Rxf6 24.Qe5 Bb7 25.Bxf6+ Bxf6 26.Qxf6+ Kg8 27.Qg5+ Kh8 28.Qf6+ 1/2-1/2

Round 10 versus A. Avgoustinos (Cyprus)

Another commanding position wasted against the Cypriot, and at the adjournment I was struggling to draw. I made the mistake of trying too hard to get a draw at the adjourment time and with the language barrier a critical situation arose. I went to my opponent's room, and with no one else around, offered a draw. Avgoustinos said, in not too fluent English 'but your sealed move may be wrong'. After 10 minutes or so, we reached what I thought was an agreement that if my sealed move was 41 ...exd4 we would agree to draw. Then rather foolishly I told him my sealed move. I am still not sure whether he understood me or not, but I took considerable risk by revealing my move and this is one mistake I will not make again. All turned out well, however, and the next morning it was my opponent who offered the draw.

Avgoustianos, Avgousti - Chandler, Murray G - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 b5 8.Qf3 Bb7 9.O-O-O Be7 10.Bd3 b4 11.Nce2 Nbd7 12.g4 h6 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Rhf1 Nc5 15.Kb1 Qc7 16.g5 hxg5 17.fxg5 Be5 18.h3 O-O-O 19.Qg4 g6 20.Rf2 Kb8 21.Rdf1 Rh7 22.Nf3 Bh8 23.Nd2 a5 24.Nb3 Nxd3 25.cxd3 a4 26.Nd2 b3 27.axb3 axb3 28.Nxb3 Qb6 29.Nec1 d5 30.Qg3+ Ka8 31.e5 d4 32.Rxf7 Rxf7 33.Rxf7 Qb5 34.Qe1 Bxe5 35.Qa5+ Qxa5 36.Nxa5 Bd5 37.Ne2 Rh8 38.Ng1 Bh2 39.Nf3 Rxh3 40.Nxd4 e5 41.Rd7

Moves are clickable

41...exd4 1/2-1/2

Round 11 versus N. Ristic (Yugoslavia)

This round, because I was playing one of the two Yugoslavs, I was back on the demonstration board again. Chess is taken very seriously in Yugoslavia and almost everybody I met that day would come up and say 'Novi Zealand' and somehow get across the message that I was playing their player. I experimented with a slightly eccentric Sicilian and obtained a promising position, but after adjournment the game was drawn in 56 moves. The Yugoslavs who are very frank people could not help but show their disappointment at the result!

Chandler, Murray G - Ristic, Nenad - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bc4 e6 8.O-O Be7 9.Qb3 Na5 10.Qa4+ Bd7 11.Bb5 Nc6 12.Nc3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 a6 14.exd6 Bxd6 15.Be2 O-O 16.Qc2 Ne7 17.Qe4 Bc6 18.Qg4 Ng6 19.Ng5 Be7 20.Qh5 Bxg5 21.Qxg5 Qxg5 22.Bxg5 h6 23.Be3 Nh4 24.f3 Nf5 25.Bf2 b5 26.Rab1 Bd5 27.a4 Rfc8 28.axb5 axb5 29.Bxb5 Rxc3 30.Rfc1 Rac8 31.Rxc3 Rxc3 32.h3 Bc4 33.Bc6 g6 34.Rb8+ Kg7 35.Be4 Ne3 36.Rb1 f5 37.Bc6 Kf6 38.f4 g5 39.fxg5+ hxg5 40.Bf3 Bd5 41.Bxe3 Bxf3 42.Bf2 Bd5 43.Rb2 g4 44.hxg4 fxg4 45.Kh2 Kf5 46.Bg3 Rd3 47.Be5 Kg5 48.Re2 Kh4 49.Bf6+ Kh5 50.Be5 Kg5 51.Rb2 Be4 52.Rf2 Bf5 53.Re2 Ra3 54.Rd2 Be4 55.Re2 Bd5 56.Rd2 Rb3

Moves are clickable

57.Bg3 1/2-1/2

Round 12 versus W. J. Jordan (Australia)

If my first game was the best, then this one was certainly the most satisfying! After a strong opening I sacrificed a pawn, but the Australian played well and my 17th move Ke2 was a necessity. This began an unusual King march from e2 to f1 to e2 to d3 to c2, during which I was forced to sacrifice another pawn (21 Re4). Eventually Jordan (a member of the Australian team to Penag) faltered on move 26, allowing my pieces to penetrate the Kingside in a violent mating attack.

Chandler, Murray G - Jordan, William - Wch U20 1975

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 Nc6 7.Be3 Bf5 8.Nc3 e6 9.Nf3 Be7 10.d5 Nb4 11.Rc1 exd5 12.Bxb6 axb6 13.cxd5 Nxa2 14.Nxa2 Rxa2 15.Qb3 Ra5 16.Bc4 Bc5

Moves are clickable

White must develop his pieces, but how?  17.Ke2!? O-O 18.Rhe1 Bg4 19.Kf1 Bxf3 20.Qxf3 Qh4 21.Re4 Qxh2 22.Ke2 Kh8 23.Rf1 Raa8 24.Kd3 Rae8 25.Rfe1 Bb4 26.R1e2 Qg1


Black lets his Queen be decoyed from a useful position and White's major pieces will soon seize the 'h' file.  27.Kc2 b5 28.Bd3 c5 29.Rh4 f5 30.exf6 Rxe2+ 31.Qxe2 h6 32.fxg7+ Kxg7 33.Qe7+ Rf7 34.Rg4+ 1-0

Round 13 versus B Kouatly (Lebanon)

The last round and playing for a win against the only IM in the tournament: I certainly could not complain about not getting top class competition as my Sonneberger score showed (this was higher than any of the players who finished a point better and above one who finished with 8).

As Black I played a rarely seen reply to his Queen pawn opening, and obtained an approximately equal position. My opponent had thought that my 16...Ne3 was unplayable but it turned out that by sacrificing material he could gain a promising position anyway. Learning from my earlier games, I presented him back the material with an exchange sacrifice (22. Rg8) to obtain a strong bind, which, by transferring my Rook to d8 at several stages, could have placed unbearable pressure on his position. However, as usual, time pressure took its tool and I drifted into a lost ending. So after nearly three weeks of play the tournament was over and I had just failed to make 50%. I was not too despondent, however, and with a resolve to conquer my time trouble problems set off with Phillip Clark to sample as many of the English tournaments as time allowed.

Kouatly, Bachar - Chandler, Murray G - Wch U20 1975

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 Bb4 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Bd3 O-O 8.O-O Qe7 9.Ne5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd5 11.Ne4 Bd7 12.a3 Ba5 13.b4 Bb6 14.Bb2 Qh4 15.g3 Qh6 16.Qg4 Nxe3 17.Qe2 Nxf1 18.Rxf1 Bc6 19.h4 f5 20.exf6 gxf6 21.Qg4+ Kf7 22.Nxf6

Moves are clickable

22...Rg8 23.Nxg8 Rxg8 24.Qh3 Qf4 25.Kh2 Qf3 26.Bc4 Qe4 27.Bb3 Bb5 28.Rc1 Bd3 29.f3 Qe3 30.Rd1 Qf2+ 31.Qg2 Be2 32.Rd7+ Ke8 33.Bxe6 Bxf3 34.Qxf2 Bxf2 35.Bxg8 Kxd7 36.Bxh7 Bg4 37.Bg6 Be3 38.Bg7 c5 39.h5 cxb4 40.axb4 Kc6 41.h6 Bxh6 42.Bxh6 Kb5 43.Bd2 b6 44.Be8+ Kc4 45.b5 Bc8 46.Be3 Kd3 47.Bf4 a5 48.Bc7 a4 49.Bxb6 a3 50.Bd8 Ke4 51.Bf6 a2 52.Bc6+ Kf5 53.Ba1 1-0