Day 4: Schwarzman 2 (1 classic, 1 blitz) - Georgiev 2 (1 classic, 1 tiebreak)

Alexander Georgiev recovered remarkably from the defeat in the classic game he suffered yesterday. Today, in the classic game it was Georgievs turn to crush his opponent. With this result, the lead position of challenger Alexander Schwarzman has shrunk to a victory in the blitz stage. With still three match days to go, anything is possible.

Alexander Schwarzman directly after the game was very angry at himself. He had found and calculated a draw, but in a split second decided to choose for another variant that also seemed to bring the desired draw. Georgiev then decisively showed why this was a mistake. In an interview after the game, Georgiev recognized that analytically, Schwarzman indeed should have been able to rescue his position. ,,My tactic this game was to create problems for Schwarzman and it worked."

Schwarman: ,,Yesterday I beat Georgiev for the first time in ten years in a classical game. In the past ten years, many times I reached an analytically winning position against Georgiev, but every time Georgiev managed to slip away. Georgiev has an extraordinary talent for escaping from disastrous positions and yesterday I finally got him. But when I myself get into positional trouble, it really means trouble for me and this is what happened today."

Day 3: Schwarzman 2 (1 classic, 1 blitz) - Georgiev 1 (tiebreak)

Alexander Schwarzman with his winning end position. Georgiev with his king would have been obligated to take the black piece on 22 and stop on 27 or 31 after which in both cases Schwarzman would have executed the winning blow. Georgiev did not wait for that and capitulated in the board position. 

Schwarzman wins and strengthens his lead

On the third day of the World Title Match Draughts, challenger Alexander Schwarzman directly in the morning game knocked out World Champion Alexander Georgiev. After a opening that by Schwarzman was described as a bit passive from his side, Schwarzman managed to get into the drivers seat and in the middle game acquired significant strategic advantage. Georgiev however accurately defended and offered Schwarzman a forcing that would lead to a draw. Schwarzman refused and continued his strategy into the late middle game. As Schwarzman was starting to lose hope for victory in this game, he continued by playing strong strategic moves and thus kept pressure on his opponent. ,,I played the logical move 41... 21-26 and only after playing it I discovered that I would have a directly winning manoeuvre if Georgiev would respond with the positionally most logical move as well." And indeed, the World Champion did respond with 42. 35-30 after which Schwarzman suprisingly offered a king to his opponent in order to strike back with a decisive blow that would consume almost all of Georgievs pieces.

With this result, Schwarzman after three days has established a firm lead with both a victory in the classic game today and in the blitz game in the first match on Sunday whereas World Champion Georgiev until now only managed to win the tiebreak of the second day.

,,This is probably the first time in ten years that I beat Georgiev in a regular game. It is extremely difficult to beat Georgiev because he even in really bad positions has extraordinary survival skills.”

Day 2: Schwarzman 1 (blitz) - Georgiev 1 (tiebreak)


World Champion Alexander Georgiev today took revenge on Alexander Schwarzman for his defeat on the first day. But first, a lot of spectators for a moment thought that Schwarzman would win again.  In the classic game of 80 minutes plus 1 minute per move, Schwarzman surpised the public with a 'Coup Weiss'  named after the legendary French World Champion. Schwarzman sacrificed no less than five pieces in order to take back three and crown a king. Georgiev however like Schwarzman had seen this manoeuvre coming and had prepared a neutralizing king capture. In the resulting end game, Georgiev tried to demonstrate the superiority of his position, but after precize defense by Schwarzman an equal draw was reached.

In the rapid game, it was again Georgiev who had the upper hand, but again Schwarzman managed to get away. In the then following blitz game, the grandmasters followed a classic strategy and agreed on an equal draw. In the necessary tie break, it was Georgiev who beat his opponent by forcing him to use too much time. In an already disadvantageous position, Schwarzman ran out of time and lost 'on the clock'.

In spite of Georgievs victory, Schwarzman holds the lead because of his victory on the first day in an earlier match stage. 

Day 1: Schwarzman 1 (blitz) - Georgiev 0

On the first match day, Alexander Schwarzman took the lead in the World Title Match Draughts by beating World Champion Alexander Georgiev. After a classic game where Schwarzman seemed to have the best chances, in the rapid game again Schwarzman had the more advantageous position. For a short time in the middle game, Georgievs secondant Ainur Shaibako was really worried about Georgievs chances, but Georgiev neutralized the position skilfully. In the third game however, Schwarzman kept his position flexible whereas Georgievs position got out of balance quite soon. ,,In a classic game, it may have been possible for Georgiev to play like this, but in the blitz game it was too much," according to Schwarzman.

This morning, the match was opened by Tallinn vice mayor Mihhail Kõlvart and Estonian Draughts President Janek Mäggi. Mr. Kõlvart complimented the Estonian Draughts Federation its initiave and called Tallinn with its rich organizing tradition the European Capital of Draughts. Challenger Alexander Schwarzman thanked the organizers expressed his wish that the public will enjoy the match. World Champion Alexander Georgiev did not buy into forecasting the outcome of the match: ,,Let's first play and see." Main Referee Frank Teer on behalf of the World Draughts Federation thanked the Estonian Draughts Federation and the Talinn government for hosting the match and expressed a special word of gratitude towards Dutch draughts promotor Maarten van Leenen who contributed substantially to the match organization.