1994: Viking raid

Game Karlsson,ÅS - George,IM, Torbay Open (1), 1994

Visited by Vikings

It may not be generally known that Iceland boasts more strong players per head of population than any other nation on earth. We certainly felt some of its force when Ågust Karlsson, currently President of the Icelandic Chess Federation, visited Exeter as a postgraduate law student in 1993-94. While here he contributed not only to the strength of the club but also was generous in giving of his time to our weekly coaching sessions, and arranged for a six-player team to make a flying friendly visit. We have since played a team consultation match against Ågust and his colleagues over the internet, courtesy of the facilities of the British Internet Chess Server and of Exeter University.

Here is Ågust powering his way to third place behind Nunn and Summerscale in the strong Torbay congress of 1994 — DR

King’s Indian Attack

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3 d5 4. Nbd2 Nc6 5. g3 b6 6. Bg2 Bb7 7. O-O Bd6 8. Re1 Nge7


Ågust was explaining to me during the tournament his affection for the King's Indian Attack. " Very easy. You know Fischer's games with this variation? Always the same moves, always the same sacrifices. Very easy

9. Ng5 O-O 10. Qh5 h6 11. Ndf3 Nd4 12. e5 Bc7 13. Nxd4 cxd4 14. Nf3 Nf5 15. g4 Ne7


16. Bxh6 Ng6 17. Bd2 Qb8 18. Ng5 Rd8 19. Bb4 Nf8 20. Qxf7+ Kh8 21. Bxf8 1-0

[Notes by DR]

Chess Quotes

(another personal favourite)
" A combination composed of a sacrifice has more immediate effect upon the person playing over the game in which it occurs than another combination, because the apparent senselessness of the sacrifice is convincing proof of the design of the player offering it.
— Richard RETI, Modern Ideas in Chess.