Originally posted by black beetle
Dvoretsky has an amazing way to back up his strategy -excellent analysis and evaluation and solid variations. It seems to me that his argument against Dorfman' s thesis at that excellent article has to do mainly with Dorfman's innability to cope with the reality, and on the other hand with the fact that everybody, regardless of his level, has always to ...[text shortened]... lso a bit pissed off with Dorfman's attitude -and he really catched him on the wrong leg
Indeed, it seems Dorfman was full of garbage and Dvoretsky simply refutes him. I'm waiting for the same to be done to Silman about his "dream position" theory, where you're supposed to dream about a position first, and then try to reach it with calculation. It's utter garbage in my opinion.
There are some question marks around Dorfman's bettings during Kasparov-Karpov match too. At least Kasparov thinks he was passing information to Karpov's team:
HR: The openings – what information was given to Karpov about your opening preparation?
GK: We assumed that there was the regular recording of the information that was available in our rooms. That some of the staff there – the maids – were working for the KGB, which is normal behavior in Russia. Today some people say Garry Kasparov was paranoid. I’m not paranoid; I’m just giving you the harsh realities of the Soviet Union, which unfortunately are resurrected in modern Russia as well. They were doing their regular search and I’m sure the information landed in the hands of people who passed it to Karpov. But also the story about Dorfman’s being part of this betting line and offering inside information. It was clear that in game eleven Karpov decided to avoid the Grünfeld by playing Nf3, which had no other explanation unless he knew…
HR: You think Dorfman passed information?
GK: He was playing this betting line. He confessed later that he was offered nice conditions at the betting line, and he was participating, and in game eleven he said the dark-squared bishop would be fianchettoed – and Karpov played Nf3. There’s only one explanation for a professional player.
HR: He knew what was going to happen.
GK: To make sure whether it was Grünfeld or not. If I want to play Tarrasch, Nf3 doesn’t make any difference.
HR: On page 95, in the notes to the seventh game, after 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 c5, you write “the time was spent hesitating, even though I had decided beforehand to play the Tarrasch Defence. Of course, Karpov was expecting this system: both in Niksic (1983) and in the Candidates matches (1983-84) I employed it with great success. In addition, as it later transpired, from the 1st to the 11th game one of my helpers, Iossif Dorfman, secretly played on the match totaliser, and before the 7th game he bet that in reply to 1 d4 it would be a Tarrasch Defense, but the totaliser was run by a man who was close to the Karpov camp…” This paragraph by itself is very confusing to someone who doesn’t have any information, so please explain what is the totaliser?
GK: There are many betting lines no matter what you do. There was a betting line on the openings, on the sealed moves, and Dorfman participated. He provided vital inside information.
HR: So what you mean is that in the seventh game of the match, he put his money on your playing the Tarrasch?
GK: Yes. Which, by the way, was not a big deal; Karpov could have anticipated the Tarrasch. It helps when you know the openings, but still there was an eighty percent probability that I would play the Tarrasch if I faced 1 d4. Actually, we prepared well. In game seven I had a very good position; we had an excellent opening novelty and I used it, but I spent too much time. After this horrible defeat in game six, my confidence was shattered. The problem is not game seven, the problems occurred later, especially game eleven, and other games where I assumed Karpov had very specific knowledge of the ideas. But that’s not what happened in 1986. In 1984-85 there was a general knowledge, but there was no access to my notebooks. After game eleven Dorfman stopped, because he recognized that it was a trap. He went to play the Soviet Championship, the first league, and he came back after game thirty-two.