GM Lutikov Chess
chess was boosted greatly when a Russian grandmaster visited
Bangladesh in 1975. Local chess enthusiasts had the opportunity
to watch a grandmaster for the first time. Grandmaster Lutikov
stayed in Bangladesh for some days and took part in two simultaneous
shows. The first one was held at the TSC and the second at
Curzon Hall. The grandmaster won most of the games, though
he was taking on around 30 players at a time. It was really
interesting to see the man moving from one board to another
and making his moves very quickly. GM Niaz Morshed, then a
little boy, made news by drawing (or winning, I don't quite
remember) his game in one of the simultaneous displays. He
was the real find of Lutikov's mission.
grandmaster also watched the games played in the national
championship. He was impressed by the performance of some
local players and predicted that they would soon make their
mark in the international arena. Our players took part in
the counter olympiad at Tripoli in 1976. That was their first
international tournament and they played reasonably well.
sincerely tried to help our players improve their standard,
but he didn't stay long enough to do the job of a trainer.
We didn't know much about his playing style, but any grandmaster
in those days was an exceptionally strong player.
to the game of chess. Have you ever noticed that in the initial
position the weakest spots are f2 and f7? The pawns on these
two squares are guarded by the king only. And, as you know,
it is not the job of His Majesty to guard a 'soldier'. He
cannot stoop so low! So these two squares remain highly vulnerable
when the game starts. In fact, many gambit lines aim at exploiting
the weakness of f7 early in the game. But the second player
can hold his own with accurate play or even get the better
of it, if White plays too violently.
The following game, won by GM Lutikov, shows that the vulnerability
of f7 could be a chronic problem. A smart knight sacrifice
exposes the black king to a powerful attack.
Black-D Velimirovic [A46]
2.Nf3 c5 3.c3 e6 4.Bg5 b6?! 5.e4 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.Bd3 Qd8
8.00 Ba6? 9.Bxa6 Nxa6 10.d5 Nb8 11.Ne5± Bd6 12.Nxf7!
Kxf7 13.dxe6+ Ke7 14.e5! Bxe5 15.Qf3 d5 16.Qf7+ Kd6 17.Rd1
Kc6? 18.c4+- Qf6 19.cxd5+ Kd6 20.Qb7 Rf8 21.Na3 Qxf2+ 22.Kh1
Qe2 23.Rac1 Rf4 24.Qxa8 Ke7 25.Qb7+ Kf6 26.Re1 Qf2 27.d6 Kg6
28.e7 Kf7 29.e8Q+ Kxe8 30.Qe7# # 1-0
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