Maxim Dlugy lives up to his top ranking in United States Junior Championship
To no one's surprise, the top-ranked player in the US Junior Championship, International Master Maxim Dlugy, 19, of Kew Gardens, N.Y., won this all-master invitational tournament, which ended July 1 at the Manhattan Chess Club in New York. Dlugy scored 7-2 to finish half a point point ahead of Sandeep Joshi, 19, of Dedham, Mass., while Patrick Wolff, 17, of Belmont, Mass., last year's champion, scored six points for third place. Trailing were Stuart Rachels, 15, of Birmingham, Ala. (5 points); John Litvinchuk of Brooklyn and Adam Lief of Los Alamitos, Calif. (each 4); Billy Colias of Munster, Ind., Igor Shtern of Dallas, and Dennis Younglove of St. Louis (each 3); and Ronald Burnett of Nashville (21/2).
The champion normally earns the right to play in the world junior championship, but the United States will not send a representative to the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, which has violated World Chess Federation rules by refusing to admit Israel. Dlugy will receive expense money for several tournaments as well as being seeded into next year's US Championship.
Today's game, taken from the US Junior, shows Dlugy in top form as he exhibits a deep insight into the positional and tactical nuances of the opening to outplay his less-experienced opponent. Queen's Indian Defense Dlugy Lief Dlugy Lief Dlugy Lief Dlugy Lief
1. P-Q4 N-KB3
2. P-QB4 P-K3
3. N-KB3 P-QN3
4. P-KN3 (a) B-N2
5. B-N2 B-K2
6. N-B3 N-K5
7. B-Q2 P-KB4 (b)
8. P-Q5 O-O
9. Q-B2 PxP 10. NxP B-B4 (c) 11. O-O N-QB3 12. B-B4 (d) P-Q3 13. N-Q2 NxN 14. QxN P-QR4 15. P-QR3 Q-Q2 16. P-QN4 PxP 17. PxP RxR 18. RxR B-Q5 19. R-R2 B-K4 (e) 20. P-N5 N-N1 (f) 21. NxNP (g) PxN 22. R-R7 BxB(N2) (h) 23. RxQ NxR 24. KxB BxB 25. Q-Q5 ch R-B2 26. PxB K-B1 27. QxP ch K-K1 28. Q-K6 ch R-K2 29. QxBP P-N3 30. Q-Q3 N-B4 31. Q-Q6 R-K3 32. Q-B7 N-Q2 33. K-B3 Resigns
A. A logical positional move, which prepares to counter the pressure of Black's fianchettoed bishop.
B. After this, White obtains spatial superiority. Safer was 7. . . . P-Q4 or even 7. . . . B-KB3.
C. The Black prelate will come into later difficulties on this square, but the White position was already preferable.
D. This exposes the seedy side of Black's position. His reply denies a retreat for his bishop.
E. Even worse is 19. . . . B-B3; 20. NxB ch, RxN; 21. P-N5, N-Q1; 22. BxB, NxB; 23. Q-Q5 ch, when White wins a piece.
F. Losing alternatives are 20. . . . BxB; 21. NxB, N-Q1; 22. BxB, NxB; 23. Q-Q5 ch or 20. . . . N-Q1, 21. BxB, PxB; 22. N-B6 ch, catching the queen.
G. With this small combination, White wins a mighty pawn and the game.
H. Black decides to part with this queen, as alternatives leave him devoid of counterplay with White pieces dominating the board in a pawn-plus position. Black might well have resigned at this point.
International Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier is a former US champion and has won or shared the US Open title five times.