Thursday, February 12, 2009

Diemer - Durao, Hoogovens-B 1956

Susan Polgar has an item on her blog, 79 and still going strong, taken from a Spanish language post, about IM Joaquin Durao. Born on 25 October 1930 in Lisbon, Portugal, Durao actually won't be 79 for a few more months, but the point is that he's still active at an advanced age. According to Jeremy Gaige's Chess Personalia, he was awarded the international master title in 1975. Although his rating has gradually fallen to the low 2100s, in the mid 1970s, when Durao was in his forties, it stood around 2350. In 1956 Durao played in the Hoogovens-B tournament in Beverwijk. This was the lower master group of what is now the very strong Corus tournament, the latest interation just concluded a couple of weeks ago. Today the tournament is strong indeed, with a C group added. The players in all three groups, except for several IMs in C, I believe, were grandmasters. In 1956 things were much different--but again, grandmasters did not litter the chess landscape then as they do today. Nor did players have computer assistants in those days. In 1956 Diemer also played in Group B in Beverwijk. In fact he won it, with a score of 6.5 out of 9, a half point ahead of his nearest rival. Here's his short little game with Durao from the sixth round:

E. J. Diemer - J. Durao Hoogovens-B, Beverwijk, 1956 Hübsch Gambit

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. e4 Nxe4 4. Nxe4 dxe4 5. Bf4
Preparing to play f3 (what else?), but first he needed to hold back e5. 5...Nd7 6. f3 exf3 7. Nxf3 Nf6 8. Bc4 e6 9. O-O Be7 10. Qe1 O-O 11. Bd3 Nd5 12. Be5 Bf6 13. c4 Bxe5
14. dxe5 Nf4 15. Bc2 Qe7 16. Qe3 Ng6 17. Ng5 h6?
17... f5 was needed. 18. Nxf7 Rxf7 19. Bxg6 Rxf1+ 20. Rxf1 Bd7 21. Rf7 Qd8 22. Qf3 1-0.  
Black resigned, as there was no way to meet 23.Rxg7+ Kxg7 24.Qf7+ Kh8 25.Qh7#; if 22...Qe8 23. Qxb7 Rc8 24. Rxg7+ Kxg7 25. Bxe8 Rxe8 26. Qxc7 wins.