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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Paul Keres
"Paul is Dead" (game of the day Jul-09-10)
USSR Team ch (1966)  ·  English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0
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Jul-09-10  KOCMOHAYT: no,paul is alive! An englishman living in germany predicted victories for Spain and Germany in last WC games. I wonder how successful would he be in chess predicting...
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  whiteshark: <taofelix> Your Stalin comparison is flawed!
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  Honza Cervenka: 20...f6 was pretty bad and white could have played 21.g5! with decisive effect immediately, for example 21...fxg5 22.Bxd4 Nxd4 23.bxc5 dxc5 24.Ba4+ Bc6 25.Qh2 with numerous threats that are impossible to meet (25...Bxa4? 26.Qe5+ Kd7 27.Rf7+ leads to quick mate). Still Botvinniks play deserves big applause. He completely outplayed poor Paul in the opening. Black Knight sitting on d4 was a nicely looking sluggard in comparison with its white counterpart on d5. Instead of 20...f6 castling could have been a bit better but white's advantage is already apparent. Of course, final 27.Rb8 after 26...f5(?) but alternatives like 26...Be8 27.Qg1! with intention Qg4 and next Qh5 are not much better.
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  kevin86: White will do ANYTHING to remove the queen from her home diagonal-even give up a rook! The pawn is captured at h4 and mate is certain.
Jul-09-10  randomsac: What a finish. THe most awesome deflection I've seen in a while.
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  playground player: Now wait a minute here... Do you mean Paul McCartney has been ALIVE all this time???
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  whiteshark: <taofelix> Thanks for your clarification - of course no hard feelings here.

Keres and Botwinnik have had a long 'relationship' over the board --> and there is a little story from 1948 I posted here: Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948 :D

Jul-09-10  Starf1re: Ugh I don't know how any top ranked player could make a move like 20) f6
Jul-09-10  Chessdreamer: not Alekhine-mem, but rather USSR Team Championship. The date of this game is September 28.
Jul-09-10  ounos: 17. ...Bb7, 18. ...Nc6 19. ...Ncd4

I dislike this plan, looks very slow. But perhaps black could have gotten away with it, if he had *not* played 20. ...f6 - suddenly the lost time matters, since white can force the opening of the position.

Nice analysis by Honza.

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  ajk68: Brilliant deflection.
Aug-17-10  Ulhumbrus: Having deprived White's King of the right to castle by 5...Bxf2+ 6 Kxf2, after 6...Nxe5 7 e4 it seems more consistent for Black to continue in gambit style with 7...d5 when the N on e5 attacks the c4 pawn.
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  sevenseaman: Keres is as dead as can be. Nothing avails now.
Nov-06-10  fenderson: I am a chess rookie. I watched the game and I wonder why the game ended so suddenly? I mean it's not checkmate at the point where the game ends. Did the black give up at that point? I can see the white can attack with horse and that would lead to checkmate but it's still few moves away.
Nov-06-10  MaxxLange: <fenderson> it is possible, or even likely, that Black lost this game on time

In classical chess, you have 2 hours to play your first 40 moves. If Keres, after 2 hours of clock time, had only reached move 28, then he loses

White looks better, even winning, but he does not seem to have a knockout punch.

Nov-06-10  MaxxLange: it is also possible that Black had time on the clock, decided that his position was hopeless - he can barely move anything, and White is slowly crushing him
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  Sastre: <fenderson: I am a chess rookie. I watched the game and I wonder why the game ended so suddenly?> If 27...Qxb8, then 28.Qxh4 Ng5 29.Bxg5 Rc8 30.Qh7+ Kf8 31.Qh8#.
Nov-07-10  fenderson: Sastre: Ah, I can see it now! What a trap. Pretty cool stuff!
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  sevenseaman: 27. R b8 'red herring' is unparryable.
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  maxi: Keres is unrecognizable in this game.
Nov-25-12  Everett: Despite the early fireworks and inconvenienced king, Botvinnik was able to get a pawn structure with which he was quite familiar.
Sep-21-13  Xeroxx: de-flec-tion
Aug-21-14  Travis Bickle: During this game I was pretty much clueless of what was going on... It was like Spock playing a Vulcan! Until I put it on Deep Fritz 14 that I started to see the genius of this game! What a great move by Botvinnik to end the game!!
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  keypusher: Position after 25.g5:

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If 25....fxg5 (25....Nxg5 26.Bxg5 fxg5 27.Bh5+! Rxh5 28.Qf8+ Kd7 29.Nb6+) 26.Bxd4 cxd4 27.Qf5! threatening Qg6+. If 27....Rh6 White has Bh5+ again.

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  keypusher: After 26.g6:

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26....f5? 27.Rb8! loses instantly, but <Honza> pointed out that after the better 26....Be8, 27.Qg1! is very strong.

There are some pretty variations after 27....f5 28.ef Rxf5 29.Rxf5 Nxf5 30.Qg4! Ned4 (30....Nfd4 31.Bxd4 Nxd4 32.Qh5 wins) 31.Qh5 Nh6 32.Bg5 Qa8 33.Ne7+ Kf8 (33....Kh8 34.Qxh6+ gxh6 35.Bf6#) 34.Qxh4 (threatening Qf4+). Now if 34....Bd7 35.Qf4+ Nhf5 36.Nxf5 Nxf5 37.Bg4 wins a piece, because if 37...Qc8, then 38.Bxf5 Qxf5 39.Qxf5+ Qxf5 40.Rb8+ mates.

This was a really good game.

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