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Henri Grob vs Paul Keres
Dresden (1936), Dresden GER, rd 2, Jun-08
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky Variation (C58)  ·  0-1


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  tpstar: In the Two Knights with 6. d3 & 9 ... Bc5, on 10. c3 the great Keres recommends the second Pawn sacrifice 10 ... b5!?, playing to disrupt the Pd5. Alternatives are the boring 10 ... 0-0 or the natural 10 ... Bg4 aiming for 11 ... Bxf3 ruining White's Pawns (plus a later ... b5). 17. Qc4 was a vain attempt to hold the Pb5 & the Pd5 but not 17. c4?? Bc5+ wins the Queen. As per most 2N victories, Black ended the game down material but White's Queenside pieces were uninvolved.

javamonn-tpstar0 (Yahoo 5/25/04): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. ed Na5 6. d3 h6 7. Nf3 e4 8. Qe2 Nxc4 9. dxc4 Bc5 10. c3 0-0 11. Nd4 Re8 12. Be3 Bg4 13. Qc2 Bh5 14. h3 Bg6 (the closed position favors White) 15. Nd2 a5 16. N2b3 Bd6 17. Nb5 a4 18. N3d4 Qd7 19. Nxd6 Qxd6 20. Qd2 Nd7 21. 0-0 Ne5 22. b3 c6 23. dc bc 24. Bf4 Qf6 25. Bxe5 Rxe5 26. Qe3 Rg5!? 27. Kh1 ab 28. ab Rxa1 29. Rxa1 Kh7? (29 ... c5) 30. Ra6 Qd6 31. Rxc6 Qa3 32. Kh2 and White won (1-0).

Mar-04-12  King Death: This game doesn't do anything to change theory's opinion that 6.Bb5+ is the best way to play for White. Holding on to the pawn this way doesn't look too hot. For all of the good Grob's queenside pieces did him he could have taken them off the board.
Mar-04-12  FSR: Maybe Grob should have tried 1.g4. Who knows - maybe the game would have transposed into the Keres Attack (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4).
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