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Arthur Bisguier vs Paul Keres
Tallinn (1971), Tallinn EST, rd 8, Mar-03
Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Variation (B02)  ·  0-1


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Sep-26-11  ozmikey: In its quiet way, this is a very instructive little game. A few small errors from White in the opening give Black the initiative, and once Keres forces the very weakening 19. f4, he plays very precisely to win. After 21...g6! it's probable that White already can't avoid material cute line is 22. Rxd8+ Rxd8 23. Bd1 (to swing the bishop around to f3) Qxc4!! winning. And in the final stages of the game, you'd find few better examples of a bishop completely dominating a knight.

It's a bit odd that Bisguier later wrote about this game "[Keres] outcombined me". Apart from the one tactic which isn't at all hard to spot, it was actually a case of being completely outplayed positionally.

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  FSR: Some computer discovered about 20 years ago that 5.Bxd5!? exd5 6.Qe2+! wins a pawn after 6...Be7 7.Qe5! or 6...Be6 7.Qb5+, although Black gets some compensation in either case.
Jul-30-13  DWINS: <FSR>, Computers have come a long way in twenty years. Stockfish 3 gives Black a big advantage after 6...Be7 7.Qe5 d4 8.Nd5 Nc6 9.Qxg7 Rf8 10.Nxe7 Qxe7+ 11.Kf1 d3 12.c4 Nb4 (-1.41).
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  FSR: <DWINS> Thanks for the update. Houdini 3 agrees that the pawn grab is a bad idea, although it says White can improve a bit with 10.Nf4 Nb4 11.Kd1 d3 12.Nxd3 Nxd3 13.cxd3 Qxd3 14.Nf3 Bf5 15.Qc3 0-0-0 16.Qxd3 Rxd3 17.Re1 (-0.73).
Apr-06-17  RookFile: My impression in going over these lines is that black has a clear advantage, but white might be able to hang on for a draw.
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