My first victory against a master came during a simultaneous exhibition sponsered by the Community Chess Club of Rochester on June 20, 2001. Isay Golyak is a FIDE Master and ICCF International Master. In this simul, he posted 12 wins, 3 draws, and 4 losses. Although this victory came against a man playing 18 others, I thought I played well and the victory was no less sweet. Near the end of the game, I worked hard to be precise, as I didn't want to tarnish my earlier play with poor technique. Also, I was the first person to beat him (up to that point he had 11 wins and a draw).

Golyak,I (2259) - Castro,B (1556) [D32]
CCCR Simul, 20.06.2001
[Castro]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 The Tarrasch Defense. In the main lines, Black subjects himself to a isolated pawn in return for free piece play. 4.cxd5 cxd4!? Diagram

The Hennig-Schara Gambit. Black gets a jump in development and open lines for a pawn. Isay played calmly after seeing this move.5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd1 exd5 7.Qxd5 Bd7 8.Bg5 Diagram

This was the first time I had seen this move. When seeing a new move for the first time, one must not panic, especially if you know you haven't done anything wrong. Simply solve the problem before you.8...Nf6 Attacking the queen and blocking the bishop. [ RR 8...Be7 has been played before. I didn't like this move because I wanted to give White the chance to give me the two bishops. 9.Nf3 Qb6 10.Qd2 Be6 11.Be3 Qa5 12.Bd4 Nf6 13.e3 0-0 14.Be2 Rfd8 15.0-0 a6 16.Rfc1 Qh5 17.Qe1 Qg6 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Bd6 20.Bxd6 Rxd6 21.Rd1 Nd5 22.Bf3 Rad8 23.Ne4 Rc6 24.Qa5 Rdc8 25.h3 f5 26.Ng3 Rc5 27.Qd2 Qf7 28.b4 1-0 Azmaiparashvili,Z-Popchev,M/Cienfuegos 1988/CBM 10 (28)] 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.e3 [ RR 10.0-0-0 0-0-0 11.Qf3 Qg6 12.Qg3 Qxg3 13.hxg3 1/2-1/2 De Wolf,C-Van Weersel,A/Vlissingen 2000/CBM 77 ext (13)] 10...Bb4! All of my pieces are developed while White is behind. Also, I'm threatening ...Bxc3 followed by ...Qxc3+. 11.0-0-0?N Diagram

Out of the frying pan and into the fire. Of course, Isay was playing 18 other players at the same time. White threatens Qxd7, which is easily parried. [ RR 11.Rc1 Defends the knight while giving White the option to castle on the kingside. 11...0-0-0 12.Nf3 Be6 13.Qe4 Bxa2 14.Bb5 Bxc3+ 15.Rxc3 Bd5 16.Qg4+ Kb8 17.Bxc6 Bxc6 18.Nd4 Rc8 19.0-0 h5 20.Qg3+ Ka8 21.Rfc1 Rhd8 22.b4 Qg6 23.Qxg6 fxg6 24.h4 Bd7 25.Kh2 Kb8 Krizsany,L-Ursic,M/Nova Gorica 1997/CBM 56 ext/1-0 (49)] 11...Be6 Defending d7 and attacking the queen. I am very pleased by my logical play. 12.Qd2 White has to defend c3. 12...0-0 Before continuing with the attack, Black wisely tucks the queen away. Despite being down a pawn, I believe my position is better because of my lead in development and a lasting initiative. 13.a3 Rfd8! A little in between move which puts the rook on a nice file. 14.Qc2 Bxc3 Retreating the bishop might give White a little room to breath. When you give up material for initiative, you have to play precisely and efficiently. If White is able to develop and secure his king, he is simply a pawn up. [ 14...Rxd1+ was also considered, hoping for 15.Qxd1? ( However, after 15.Nxd1 White is okay, although Black still has a strong position.) 15...Bxc3 16.bxc3 Qxc3+ 17.Qc2 Qxa3+-+ With a material advantage to go with a lead in development.] 15.Qxc3? Diagram

[ 15.bxc3 is a little better, but Black can build up an attack which gains a winning position anyway. 15...Na5 Threatening ...Bb3, winning the exchange. 16.Rxd8+ Rxd8 17.Be2 to protect d1. 17...Nb3+ 18.Kb2 ( 18.Kb1 Bf5 19.e4 Bxe4 20.Nf3 ( 20.Qxe4 Nd2+-+) 20...Bxc2+-+) 18...Rd2-+] 15...Rac8! Isay started to spend a little more time at my table. Things are not looking good for White. Black keeps the pressure. Trading queens here would be a terrible mistake. The text gives White many ways to go wrong. [ 15...Qxc3+ 16.bxc3 Rxd1+ 17.Kxd1 Rd8+ 18.Kc1 and Black's attack has weakened. In a few moves, White will be able to gain a slight edge with his extra pawn.] 16.Rxd8+ Loses the queen, but there's not much else that can be done. [ 16.Qxf6? Ne5+! 17.Bc4 Rxc4+ 18.Kb1 Rxd1+ 19.Ka2 gxf6 20.Kb3 Rd3+ 21.Ka2 Rc1+ 22.b3 Rd2#; 16.Qe1 Nb4+ 17.Bc4 Rxc4+ 18.Kb1 Qf5+ 19.e4 Qxe4+ 20.Ka1 ( 20.Qxe4 Rxd1#) 20...Rcd4 21.Rc1 Nc2+ 22.Kb1 Nxa3+ 23.Ka1 Qb1+ 24.Rxb1 Nc2#] 16...Nxd8 17.Qxc8 Bxc8 18.Nf3 Diagram

This is an important position. I have a great advantage here, but it's not going to win itself, especially against a master who has already beaten several of his opponents. In a winning position, there are a couple of principles. 1) Simplify and 2) Prevent counterplay.18...Bg4 Threatening simply to double the White pawns and get more wood off the board. 19.Be2 Effectively pinning the knight. White's rook will be coming out next. 19...Nc6 With every intention of playing ...Ne5, attacking the pinned piece. 20.Rd1 I have to be a little careful, because of my back rank weakness. I have to take care of this, but I don't want to lose my initiative. 20...Ne5! [ 20...Kf8 might have been the safest and simplest, but I wanted to play thematically, attacking the pinned piece.] 21.Nxe5 Bxe2 22.Rd2 g6 Giving the king some luft and offering to trade minor pieces. Isay "moaned" and smiled, seeing that I wouldn't fall for a back rank mate after gaining such a winning position. Notice that I didn't waste my time with meaningless checks on the king. All of my play has a purpose which coincides with my ultimate goals of simplifying the position. 23.f4 Bb5 Bringing the bishop to safety. 24.Nf3 Bc6 25.Nd4 White hopes to create a solid position to defend. 25...Qe7 I had to make this move quickly, because Isay came to my table while I was still considering my moves. However, I think it is a fine move, attacking the backward e3 pawn. 26.Re2 Diagram

Defending the pawn. My next move I thought was very good, making the position much easier to play.26...Bxg2! Computer engines won't pick this move, but psychologically, this move is great, as it forces a trade of a minor piece for three pawns, about an equal trade. And as more pieces come off the board, my material advantage becomes greater. 27.Rxg2 Qxe3+ 28.Rd2 The only move. Otherwise, the knight hangs. 28...Qxf4 29.Kc2 f5 30.Kc3 h5 31.Rg2? The final mistake. Hoping for some counterplay, White gives Black more material. 31...Qe3+ 32.Kc4 The only move that protects the knight. 32...b5+! The clincher. I was very proud of this move. White has no good choices. 33.Kc5 [ 33.Kxb5 Qxd4 34.Rxg6+ Kf7-+; 33.Nxb5 Qe4+ with the loss of the rook.; 33.Kd5 Qe4+ leads to the same result.] 33...Qe5+ Diagram

Isay saw my move, smiled, and shook my hand. I had beaten my first master, albeit during a simultaneous exhibition. I was very happy, not only to have won, but to find out that I was the first person to beat him in the simul. To Isay's credit, he finished the simul with 12 wins, 3 draws, and 4 losses, quite respectable considering that several of his opponents were rated over 1800. [ 33...Qe5+ 34.Kc6 ( 34.Kb4 Qxd4+-+) 34...Qe4+-+] 0-1


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