Game 1 (1976)
The following game was played between David Johnson-Davies and Charles Matthews of the Clare College Lasca Association, Cambridge, 1976.
|White: David Johnson-Davies||Black: Charles Matthews|
|Centre opening so:|
|recapturing to the centre – the usual idea.|
This move of White’s is an unusual approach. If instead he plays: 4 e3-d4, c5-d4-e3; 5 f2-e3-d4 and Black is now cramped; if he plays the standard combination: 5 . . . b6-c5 we have: 6 d4-c5-b6, a7-b6-c5; and Black has no waiting moves; White has just to play: 7 g1-f2 and Black must lose substantially on his next move:
Trying to set up a long combination:
After White has captured twice to g7, a column of three black men is contained under the white officer and Black’s hope is to liberate these eventually, gaining a strong piece. However in this game it does not work out so well.
|since if White chooses the other capture, Black’s double capture is unpleasant.|
|The other capture brings no advantage and so can be postponed.|
|and White seems well ahead.|
|since White’s capture here would not be advantageous.|
a tricky move:
White’s object (as in Black’s 5 above) is to set up a column of men to liberate eventually. Of course if there were no black prisoner under the white soldier on D4, this would be a direct manoeuvre.
Black cannot now afford to lose his column on e3; moreover he lacks good moves elsewhere.
This occupies an important point enabling White to play e5-f6 in safety; otherwise Black plays g5-f6 etc.
The only reasonable move. Black’s e3-d2 is refuted by White a1-b2.
Black b6-a5 would have been calmer, and would give Black a chance to repair his position slowly:
Black accepts a small loss and has the more mobile position. However White now initiates a large-scale exchange:
White f6-g7 would have made the game safe.
|Black's last try.|
Black f6-e5 would save a piece, but the position is hopeless:
In the endgame both sides have three mobile pieces but White’s strong column is dominant; Black cannot afford any sacrifices and so is tactically helpless.
- ^ David Johnson-Davies: Lasca - a Modern Classic. Games and Puzzles magazine, No. 59, April 1977, p. 8-9.