Kindred’s Special: 1945 Radio Match cont’d

I met the colorful and brilliant tactician Al Horowitz while making several trips to the Manhattan Chess Club located at the time at the Hudson Hotel quarters while in training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  It was a chess amateur’s dream to find at the club such players as Byrne, Lisa Lane (US Woman Champion), Abe Ruby, Larry Evans (whom I played several games with), Al Horowitz, editor of Chess Review, who played blitz, giving Knight odds with a pawn on a3 and winning from just about all comers; Hans Kmoch  introduced me to Al, Evans and others.  Maybe they made me welcome because I was in uniform and I had beaten their junior champion.  One visit  I recall they were playing adjudications.  Another time, Larry and I played 3 or 4 blitz games and Lisa Lane invited me to a 4-player round robin but had to decline to avoid going AWOL as I had to catch the only bus going to Fort Dix.

I remember Al Horowitz, a most charismatic chap and the subject on this American segment of the match.  The following game was a masterpiece of tactical genius by Salo Flohr, an extremely talented player representing the Soviet team.  Mr. Horowitz lost game one and won the second game in like brilliant fashion which follows this game.

White:  S. Flohr   vs.   Black:  Al Horowitz    Opening:  Queen’s Gambit

  1. d4  d5  2. c4  d:c4  3. Nf3  Nf6  4. e3  e6  5. B:c4  c5  6. O-O  a6  7. Qe2  Nc6  8. Rd1  b5  9. d:c5  Qc7  10. Bd3  B:c5  11. a4  b4  12. Nbd2  O-O  13. b3  Ne5  14. Ne4!  N:d3  15. N:f6+  g:f6  16. Q:d3  e5  17. Bb2  Be6? 18. B:e5!! f:e5

Horowitz gains the bishop-pair at the expense of falling into a nasty King Hunt.

19. Ng5  Kg7  20. Q:h7+  Kf6  21. Ne4+  Ke7 22. Qh4+  f6  23. Rdc1  Rac8  24. R:c5  Qb8  25. f4!

White has no plan to let the enemy forces find salvation.

25. …. R:c5  26. N:c5  Qb6  27. N:e6  Q:e3+  28. Kh1  K:e6  29. f:e5  f:e5  30. Qg4+  Rf5  31. Qg6+ Rf6 32. Qe8+ Kf5  33. Rf1+ (1-0).

White:  Al Horowitz     vs.    Black:  S. Flohr       Opening:  Caro Kahn Defense

  1. e4  c6  2. d4  d5  3. Nc3  d:e4  4. N:e4  Nf6  5. N:f6+ g:f6  6. Ne2  Bf5  7. Ng3  Bg6  8. h4  h6 9. h5  Bh7  10. c3  Qb6  11. Bc4  Nd7  12. a4!  a5  13. Qf3  e6  14. O-O  Bc2  15. Bf4  Bb3  16. Bd3  e5

Flohr was a student of this opening for Black so it puzzles me why he would enter into this type opening of lines for the White pieces.  Apparently his aim is to reposition his Queen to e6 where it will sweep both sides of the board.  Perhaps it was merely a misjudgment of the resulting positions arising soon.

17. Be3  Bd5  18. Be4  Qb3  19. d:e5  f:e5  20. Rad1  B:e4  21. Q:e4  Qe6  22. Rd2  Nf6  23. Qf3  Rg8  24. Rfd1  Rg4?  25. Nf5!! e4 26. Bb6!!

One lightning bolt after another.  I give you my Queen for your King!  The Rook dies a dear death.

26. … R:g2+ 27. Q:g2!  Q:f5  28. Rd8+  R:d8  29. R:d8+  Ke7  30. Qg3  Nd7  31. Bc7  Qd5  32. c4  32. …Qg5  33. Q:g5+  h:g5  34. Ra8  Ke6  35. B:a5  f5  36. Bc3  f4  37. a5  g4  38. b4  f3  39. Bd2  39…Kf7  40. Ra7  g3  41. R:b7  (1-0).

After the defeat in the first game, this must have been a heart-warming delight in such a turnaround victory.

Despite the lopsided result of the match, the American squad fought well.  It is reported that Fine and Reshevsky both missed points by misplaying winning attacks dropping both games.

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