In 1959 newly arrived IM Zvonko Vranesic from Yugoslavia played a 5-game match with Frank Anderson losing 3-2. Anderson won the first and second games and with great effort the Yugoslav nailed down with brilliant play games three and four to pull even. The fifth game followed the next game of the match.
White: Frank Anderson vs. Black: Zvonko Vranesic
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Opening: Sicilian Defense
Chess Match–4th Game
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c4 e6 4. d4 c:d4 5. N:d4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Qc7 7. a3 Nc6 8. Be3 Ne5 9. f3 Be7 10. Rc1 O-O 11. Be2 Ng6 12. g3 b6 13. O-O Bb7 14. Qe1 Rac8 15. Qf2 Ne5 16. Na4
This Knight journey to the a-file fits a plan to prepare an assault on the Queenside. But the tempo is slow for carrying it out.
16. … Bd6 17. b4
Anderson methodically prepares to launch an invasion on the Queenside but appears to miss the tactics that Black has prepared on the center and kingside. Such battle preparations and planning in real warfare is deadly whereas on the field of battle covering the 64 squares, the result can either strengthen a player’s resolve and show while a battle can be lost, the war is yet to be decided. Black strikes first and this makes all the difference.
17. …. Neg4!! 18. f:g4 N:e4
Completely ripping open the center and where oh where is my Knight to aid central protection? It sits on the wing. How often do players ask similar questions and conclude a wet noodle answer?
19. Qe1 N:g3 20. h:g3 B:g3 21. Rf2 f5!
Black is playing Tal-like. Energy has to build and pawns play a role with the human relying on an intuitive feel coming from that energy.
22. g5 f4 23. Bd2 f3
Who ever said, “The lust of a passed pawn to expand!”
24. Bd3 Bh4 25. Qe3 Qg3+ 26. Kf1 Rf4 27. N:b6 Qh3+ 28. Ke1 Re4
Another point of my square count: the f1-square must be guarded.
29. Q:e4 B:e4 30. Bf1 B:f2+ 31. K:f2 Qh4+ 32. Ke3 Rf8 33. Rd1 e5 34. Bc3 e:d4+ 35. B:d4 Bc2 36. Rc1 Qf4+ 37. Kf2 Q:d4+ (0-1).
Just imagine the physical and mental state of match players arriving for the final game. One who won in brilliant fashion and the loser who had to suffer the bitter taste of defeat.
White: Zvonko Vranesic vs. Black: Frank Anderson
Opening: English Opening
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1959 Match Game 5
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 c5 4. f4 Nc6 5. Nf3 d5 6. e5 d4 7. Nb5 Nd7 8. Bd3 a6 9. Na3 Be7 10. Be4 Qc7 11. O-O f5 12. e:f6 N:f6 13. B:c6+ Q:c6 14. Ne5 Qc7 15. Qa4+ Nd7 16. d3 O-O 17. Nf3 Rb8 18. Qd1 Bd6 19. Qe2 e5 20. b4 b6 21. Rb1 e:f4 22. b:c5 N:c5 23. N:d4 Bb7 24. Bb2 Rbe8 25. Qg4 N:d3 26. Ne6 Qd7 27. Rbd1 R:e6 28. R:d3 Qe7 29. Rd5 f3! 30. B:g7
If White grabs the pawn 30. R:f3? Re1+ 31. Kf2 Qe2 Mate.
30. … Rg6 31. Qd4 R:g2+ 32. Kh1 R:h2+ 33. Kg1 f2+ White Resigns (0-1).