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Chess Heights Monthly has hosted many great players who have played great games there. Below is game from two giants played 5 years ago.
Rotimi Dasaolu, the player with the white pieces is by far the greatest Nigeria chess person of all time. He has contributed to the game with brilliant games for about three decades, as prima donna provider of chess tournaments for the Nigerian chess crowd and countless moral, financial and personal support of chess persons and their projects. His place in Nigerian chess lore is written in platinum and garnished with diamond.
The player with the black pieces is a no less formidable player who has for two decades demonstrated harmonious chess for those opportune to watch. His contribution in chess education and chess administration has been intense, vital and increasing.
Now let’s go to the game.
Dasaolu,Rotimi – Campbell,Charles [E16]
Chess Heights Monthly
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.d4 e6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.0–0 0–0 8.Nc3 (They now reach the Queen’s Indian Defence position of Hoelinger, Baldur – Rubinstoian, Simon in 1937.)
8…d6?! (An original move by CM Charles Campbell and a bad move it is. It gives black a cramped position, better is 8…Ne4 or 8…d5.) 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Rc1 (White is not sharp. 10. Qd3 is necessary to prepare e4 and a central bind on black’s cramped position. The text allows 10…c5 which frees black’s game.) 10…c5 11.Qd2? (The decisive bad move. White should have played 11. d5 exd5 12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.Bxe7 Nxe7 14.Qxd6 Nf6 15.Qxd8 Raxd8 and the position is equal. The text allows black to enter a good hedgehog because there is no e4 which binds the position.)
11…cxd4 12.Qxd4 a6 13.Rfd1 Rc8 14.b3 Qc7 15.e4 Rfd8 16.Ne1 h6 17.Be3 Qb8 (17… Ng4 is sharper. The text is however interesting.) 18.h3 Qa8 (The point of the queen moves is to put pressure on e4 from the board’s precipice. The time wasted however allows white to equalize.)
19.g4? (Qd3! would have equalized by strengthening d5 through preventing b5.) 19…Nc5! (Advantage black.) 20.f3 Nfd7? (Black loses the initiative by not playing 20…d5 which is vital against the hedgehog.) 21.b4= e5? (Now d5 is permanently weak so at this moment the advantage is white’s.) 22.Qd2! Ne6 23.Nd5 Bxd5 24.cxd5 Nf4 25.Bf1 Bg5 26.Nd3 Nxd3 27.Bxd3 Bxe3+ 28.Qxe3 Qb7 29.Qe2 b5 30.Kg2?! (The decisive blunder in this game because from now on Campbell executes the position with relentless accuracy, 30.h4 would have held for Dasaolu.)
30…Nf8µ 31.Qe3 Ng6 32.Bf1 Nf4+ 33.Kg3 Rd7 34.Rc6?? (Sacking a pawn only makes it easier for Campbell though he was already winning.) 34…Rxc6–+ 35.dxc6 Qxc6 36.Rc1 Qb7 37.Qc3? Qb6 38.Rc2 Qg1+ 39.Bg2 Kh7 40.Qc8 Re7 41.Qf5+ g6 42.Qf6 Rc7 43.Rf2 Qe1 44.Bf1 Qxb4 45.h4 Qc5 46.Bg2 b4 47.Rd2 Rd7 48.h5 a5 49.hxg6+ fxg6 50.Kh2 a4 51.g5 hxg5 52.Bh3 Qe3 53.Rc2 Ne2 54.Bg2 Qg1+ 55.Kh3 Nf4+ 56.Kg4 Nxg2 0–1