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GM Lutikov Chess

Our 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.

The Russian 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.

Lutikov 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.

Back 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.

White-A Lutikov
Black-D Velimirovic [A46]
Suhumi 1966

1.d4 Nf6 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

Position after 12.Nxf7!


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