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Space (Soyuz-9) - Earth (Control Center) [D20]
Radio Match 1970

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e5
The Queen's Gambit Accepted.
4. Bxc4 exd4 5. exd4 Nc6








   
6. Be3
6. Nf3 is the most common continuation.
6...Bd6 7. Nc3 Nf6
White has a small edge after 7...a6 8. a3 b5 9. Ba2 (9. Qf3 Nf6) 9...Bb7?! (9...Nf6) 10. Nf3 Nf6 11. O-O O-O 12. Re1 (12. Bg5!?) 12...h6 13. Rc1 (13. Qd2!?) 13...Ne7 14. Ne5, Sirletti,S-Sautto,A/Porto San Giorgio 1999.








   
8. Nf3
In the old game Von Heydebrand und der L,Tassilo-Von der Goltz/Berlin 1837 White obtained an advantage after 8. h3 O-O 9. Nf3 Na5 (9...Bf5) 10. Bd3 Qe7?! (10...Be6) 11. O-O c5?! 12. dxc5 (12. Bg5!) 12...Bxc5 13. Re1 Bxe3 14. Rxe3 Qc7.
8...O-O 9. O-O Bg4 10. h3








   
10...Bf5
10...Bh5 is more precise, 11. Rc1 a6 12. a3 Re8 13. Re1 Qd7 14. Be2 with equality in Pert,N-Kizov,A/Gothenburg 2005.
11. Nh4 Qd7
11...Bd7 is interesting.
12. Qf3
12. Nxf5 is playable.
12...Ne7
Black could even the game with 12...Be6.








   
13. g4
White could prefer 13. Bg5!? Be6 14. b3 Nfd5 15. Bxe7 Nxe7 (15...Qxe7 16. Nf5 Qf6 17. Bxd5 Qxf5 18. Qxf5 Bxf5 19. Bxb7) 16. Bxe6 fxe6 17. Qxb7 Nc6 18. Ne2 e5 19. b5 with an extra pawn.
13...Bg6
Better is 13...Be6!? 14. Bxe6 fxe6 15. Qxb7 Rab8 16. Qxa7 Ned5 17. Qa6 Rxb2 18. Qd3 Nb4 19. Qc4 Nfd5 20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. Qc1.








   
14. Rae1
White must simply take the pawn 14. Qxb7! Rab8 15. Qf3 Rxb2 16. Bb3.
14...Kh8
14... c6 is correct.
15. Bg5!
Splendid!
15...Neg8 16. Ng2?
Passive. Better is 16. Nxg6+ hxg6 17. Qxb7 Rab8 18. Qf3 Rxb2 19. Bb3 and White has a clear edge.
16...Rae8 17. Be3?!
17.Rxe8 Rxe8 18. Qxb7.








   
17...Bb4
Black gets the slightly better chances with 17...c6.
18. a3
18. Qxb7 is more materialistic.
18...Bxc3 19. bxc3 Be4 20. Qg3?!
20. Qe2.
20...c6?!
20...Qc6 is stronger.
21. f3 Bd5?!
21...b5 is correct.
22. Bd3! b5?
A mistake. Better is 22...Ne7.








   
23. Qh4
White could trap the black knight with 23. g5! Nh5 24. Qg4 Qxg4 25. hxg4 Ng3 26. Rf2 f5 27. Bf4 (27. gxf6 Nxf6 28. Bf4) 27...fxg4 28. Bxg3 gxf3 29. Rxe8 Rxe8 30. Nf4 and win.
23...g6 24. Nf4 Bc4 25. Bxc4 bxc4 26. Bd2
Or 26. d5 Qd6 27. g5 Ne7 28. Bd4 Nf5 29. Bxf6+ Qxf6 30. gxf6 Nxh4.
26...Rxe1 27. Rxe1
White has a minimal advantage.








   
27...Nd5 28. g5 Qd6 29. Nxd5! cxd5 30. Bf4
30. Qf4 is correct.
30...Qd8?
A mistake. 30...Qxa3 is better.
31. Be5+
31. Rb1 Qe7 32. Rb5 Qxa3 33. Qe1 is also possible.
31...f6 32. gxf6 Nxf6








   
33. Bxf6+?
White could continue with 33. Rb1! Kg7 34. Rb8 Qe7 35. Rxf8 Qxf8 36. Qg5 h6 37. Bxf6+ Qxf6 and grabs the d5-pawn 38. Qxd5.
33...Rxf6
33...Qxf6!? 34. Qxf6+ Rxf6 is more sympathetic.
34. Re8+ Qxe8 35. Qxf6+
Who is responsible for this? Rimsky-Korsakov? No.
Space: cosmonauts Andriyan Nikolayev and Vitaly Sevastyanov, the Soyuz-9 spacecraft. Earth: General Nikolai Kamanin, the head of cosmonauts in 1960-1971, and cosmonaut Victor Gorbatko. They played on the 10th of June, 1970, according to the Kamanin Diaries.
I think the real Russian must aspire to unexplored space, read and know Pushkin, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Gogol, also Nabokov, Khlebnikov, Griboyedov, Lermontov, Solzhenitsyn, hear and know Rimsky-Korsakov, Chaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rakhmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich.
35...Kg8
Draw. 1/2-1/2










Move
   

Space - Earth [D20]
Radio Match 1970

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e5 4. Bxc4 exd4 5. exd4 Nc6 6. Be3 Bd6 7. Nc3 Nf6 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O Bg4 10. h3 Bf5 11. Nh4 Qd7 12. Qf3 Ne7 13. g4 Bg6 14. Rae1 Kh8 15. Bg5 Neg8 16. Ng2 Rae8 17. Be3 Bb4 18. a3 Bxc3 19. bxc3 Be4 20. Qg3 c6 21. f3 Bd5 22. Bd3 b5 23. Qh4 g6 24. Nf4 Bc4 25. Bxc4 bxc4 26. Bd2 Rxe1 27. Rxe1 Nd5 28. g5 Qd6 29. Nxd5 cxd5 30. Bf4 Qd8 31. Be5+ f6 32. gxf6 Nxf6 33. Bxf6+ Rxf6 34. Re8+ Qxe8 35. Qxf6+ Kg8 1/2-1/2


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