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Paul Keres vs Alexander Alekhine
Dresden (1936), Dresden GER, rd 6, Jun-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Zurich Variation (E33)  ·  0-1


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Feb-02-04  Catfriend: One of AA's most impressive end-games, IMO. But couldn't PK hold this?
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  tpstar: After 5. e3 Alekhine called the question with 5 ... e5, then 6. d5 Ne7 because he liked using the f5 square for trades (Bf5/Nf5). Note 9. Be2 instead of 9. Bd3?? e4, a common motif in the Nimzo-Indian. I'm also amazed Black won this Q&P endgame with even material, since the only advantages were a 2:1 Kingside Pawn majority and the backward Pe4, but he ground it out.

imagen_111a-tpstar0 (Yahoo 5/7/04): 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 Nc6 5. e3 d6 (5 ... e5/0-0) 6. Bd3 Qe7 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3!? e5 9. d5 Nb8 10. e4 Nbd7 11. Ne2 Nc5?! (11 ... h6 12. 0-0 g5) 12. 0-0 h6 13. Be3 (13. f4) b6 14. h3 g5 (whew) 15. f3 Nh5 16. g4!? Nf4 17. Nxf4 gxf4 18. Bf2 h5 19. Kg2 hg 20. hg Bxg4?! 21. fxg4 (21. Rh1 Bh3+! 22. Rxh3 Qg5+ 23. Kh2 Rxh3+ 24. Kxh3 Qh5+ 25. Kg2 [25. Bh4 Qxf3+] 0-0-0) f3+ 22. Kxf3 Rh3+ 23. Bg3 Qh4 24. Rg1 0-0-0 25. Be2 (25. Bf1 Qf6+ 26. Ke2 Rxg3 27. Rxg3 Qf4 28. Rg2 Nxe4 29. Qd3 Rh8 30. Rd1 and Black is a Rook down, so 20 ... Bxg4?! was unsound) Rdh8 26. Bf1 Qf6+ 27. Kg2? (27. Ke2 Rh1 28. Bg2) Rxg3+! 0-1 (28. Kxg3 Qf4+ 29. Kg2 Rh2++).

Aug-16-04  Kaspy2: transposition of the "black knights tango" aka mexican, which also features a mirrored Alekhines defence line.
Jan-20-07  GeauxCool: Queen fight 25-63. Pawn fight 64-71 Queen fight 72.
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  Calli: Why play 61.e5 when 61.Qg8+ repeats the position?
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  beatgiant: <Calli: Why play 61.e5 when 61.Qg8+ repeats the position?>

I think Alekhine would keep playing for a win with 61. Qg8+ Kh4 62. Qh7+ <Kg3>, for example 63. Qxc7 Qf3+ 64. Kd2 Qf2+ 65. Kd3 Kg2. The g-pawn is hard to stop, and White's queenside counterattack is too slow.

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  visayanbraindoctor: From this position

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AAA outplays Almost World Champion Keres in this difficult Queen endgame that functionally resembles a tactically complicated middlegame more than the usual stereotyped basic endings, mainly by calculating more variations more deeply then Keres and pushing for the initiative all the way. In brief, AAA kept on harassing Keres with tactical shots, while constantly improving his position; just as he would usually play his middlegames.

Apr-12-15  ToTheDeath: Tremendous endgame!
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