World Title match 2016 round No 11 short notes
I noticed without effort that Roel Boomstra satisfied with his champion title accepted some principle position game today. Before he had secured his success he just kept Jan Groenendijk at a safe distance and played with a maximum safety cushion. During the whole match Roel didn’t make any attempt to shift away from positions, the evaluation of which might drift slowly into his opponent’s advantage, so to say, which could slip out of his control. Now he openly accepted fork-structure (or as Dutch say “hekstelling”).
Still in this black fork-structure in the game the black problem lies in the fact that the line of pieces 4,9,13 and 18 is too long and on the long run it should turn out to be a big nuisance in playing on a short wing via 22, which is the standard plan in this type of positions. That’s why black attempted 8… 1822, but this in its turn meant a considerable loss of tempi after white change 3832.
Next both players developed their respective pieces, and after black developed his left wing by 23…1419, 24….1014 white practically controlled any black development. May be it was possible for black to play 23… 1117 to maintain some game, but I still have to check it… In fact after the move in the game 23… 1419 Boomstra had just to be careful to keep the positional flexible and defendable. He allowed an exchange combination 3×3, after which his position can never be better, on the contrary – the initiative is lost till the end of the game.
But the reader should understand that Roel Boomstra plays draughts in almost scientific way, which doesn’t include a great creativeness during the game, which includes time expenditures, attempts to find something, which would cost a lot in his energy and consideration time. He plays the opening and middle game according to knowledge and standard he has in his mind. From some distance he feels that something is not going the right way within the structure he has on the board, and he just shifts for another position, which is less active, but still stable and safe, and he has time. He doesn’t afford some sort of “dreamer’s” game like Auke Scholma did at his younger age when understanding that the opponent has strong move, he went on with keeping the structure of position at his own expense, hoping for opponent’s mistake, for a counter game even losing time and priviledge of the position. I was quite surprised that at my game against Roel Boomstra during Europe Championship 2016, in which he played fork-structure too, he gave up the fight for initiative already on the 15th move, just changing the structure of the position. Obviously he predicted that he couldn’t be able to build the structures according to his standard, and just shifted for stability with good time reserve.
After the big 3×3 exchange and black move 29… 1318, it seems that 30.1611 is a very good move, but it is only a mirage, because Roel has surely calculated all the consequences after 30… 0913. In such positions Roel’s psychology with probably less initiative, but more time works. He can again control the most important moves and find the best continuations for safe draw.
But as a result we can see what I have spoken before: when leaving Boomstra’s openings, schemes and positional game, and getting into more complex and unpredictable positions Roel doesn’t have positional advantage any more, not like in the rest of the match…