Steve will be giving a talk followed by a simultaneous display.
Anyone facing Steve may be interested to see the finish to one of his finest games, in which he defeated a strong Grandmaster who has, in his time, been a winner of the Soviet Championship and twice Candidate for the World Chess Championship, in addition to representing the Soviet Union and Armenia in numerous Olympiads.
|Vaganian - Giddins|
This break often involves the sacrifice of a pawn. In return, Black will enjoy active pieces and the opportunity to exploit the overextended nature of White's position.
24. cxb5 axb5 25. Rbc1 Nb6 26. Nxb5 d5! 27. e5 Nc4 28. Rxc4 dxc4 29. Nd6
|Time to light the blue touchpaper...|
29 ...Nxe5! 30. Bxa8 c3 31. Qc2?
A mistake. It turns out the queen needed to keep protecting the bishop with either 31 Qc1 or Qe2. Vaganian must have realised the game was slipping away at this point as he offered a draw. This was a further mistake, giving Steve confidence to continue. Steve's masterstroke was to decline the draw in fluent Russian!
31 ...Rxd6 32. Rxd6 Nc4!
The tempo gained on the undefended bishop is important. If 33 Rd4, then 33 ...Nxe3 34 Rxe3 Bd4! is painful for White. The pin would not have worked if the queen had been able to capture the knight on e3.
33. Ra6 Nxe3 34. Qe4
Black is winning now and Steve brings home the point in style.
With the brilliant point that 35 Qxe3 loses to 35 ...Bd4! Vaganian continues to flail but Steve does not let things slip.
35. Ne2 Qb5 36. Qxe3 Qxa6 37.Bf3 Rd8 38. Kg2 Bb2 0-1
A fabulous victory!
Incidentally, I know how it feels to be rolled over by Steve's Hedgehog System.
|Marsh - Giddins, Cleveland Open 1991|
A terrific move, winning material. My queen cannot continue to defend my rook and 25 Qxe4 is met by 25 ...Rxd1+ and then 26 ...Nxe4. I had to resign just a couple of moves later.
Good examples of what Friday's participants could be up against!