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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Paul Keres
"Paul is Dead" (game of the day Jul-09-2010)
URS-chT (1966), Moscow URS, rd 5, Sep-28
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0


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  keypusher: <maxi: Keres is unrecognizable in this game.>

Not to Botvinnik.

Botvinnik vs Keres, 1948

Apr-13-16  morfishine: Keres plays here like Marshall used to play against Capa
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  maxi: <keypusher> I am not going to defend Keres here. His performances and games are defense enough. His score with M.B., according to CG, was +5,-8,=7. During the FIDE 1948 tournament it was +1,-4,=0. Thus their personal score was pretty even, if one discounts the results of the FIDE tournament.

Some people think that it is irrelevant that Stalin wanted Botvinnik to win the FIDE tournament and become world champion. I don't agree with that at all.

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  thegoodanarchist: Played in the time when "cool kids" didn't castle.

Paul castled, and was duly shunned by the hip boy everyone liked.

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  keypusher: <maxi> <His score against M.B., according to CG, was +5-8=7>


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  maxi: Right, sorry.
Dec-13-16  RookFile: Soltis, in his book on the English, says that 9....0-0, ...Ne8, ...Nc7 and ...Ne6 would be a good plan for black.
Jan-03-17  Saniyat24: Paul is indeed dead or on the brink of death!
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  Domdaniel: When I played the English in the 1970s and 80s, I was of the opinion that Black's ...Bc5 wasn't very good. Not because of this line - though I knew of it - but because of a slow White advance with e3 and a3, etc.
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  perfidious: <Dom>, while I recall the long-held theoretical opinion that 4....Bc5 was not too hot, I also never got to face it; mostly I was playing 4.e3 instead. Those slower central lines were more my thing.
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  Domdaniel: <perf> Yeah, I remember playing games where the Black Bishop got pushed back after e3, a3, b4, d4, etc. Those slower systems had a lot of venom.
Sep-14-17  Toribio3: Botvinnik is a critical thinker, master of complex positions.
Feb-12-19  Steve.Patzer: Bizarre game
Aug-13-19  stacase: Easier then yesterday.
Aug-13-19  saturn2: White deviates the black queen from h4 by 27. Rb8 Qxb8 28. Qxh4 Rf6 29. Qh7+ Kf8 30. Qh8#
Aug-13-19  Stale.Mate: Totally missed the move, but at least I got the pun.
Aug-13-19  Olsonist: I want to play Qh4 and then mate is unstoppable. What is keeping me from playing Qh4? The black queen. How do I distract the black queen? Rb8 and it can't stay on the protecting diagonal.
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  agb2002: White has the bishop pair for a bishop and a knight.

Black threatens fxe4.

The black queen prevents Qxh4. Hence, 27.Rb8:

A) 27... Qxb8 28.Qxh4 and mate soon (28... Ng5 29.Bxg5 Qb2+ 30.Kh1).

B) 27... Qd7 28.Qxh4 Rxb8 29.Qh7+ Kf8 30.Qh8#. Black can delay mate with Ng5 and Nf3+ but not avoid it.

C) 27... fxe4 28.Rxd8 wins.

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  sfm: I wonder why Black played 20.-,f6
And funny how sensible Black moves are all an engineering of the sui-mate.

23.-,bxa5 - recapturing, what else? [but the b-file is now open for the white rook]

24.-,Ra7 - rook takes part in the enforcement of the king side [but leaves the 8th rank]

25.-,0-0 - getting the king away from the middle and giving extra coverage of f6 [but the g-pawn becomes a deadly attacker]

26.-,f5 - need to cover h5 [but all of above combines into a little detail...]

27.-, no more sensible moves to play!

Aug-13-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: I try to solve Tuesday problems at Monday speeds. It didn't happen this time. I spent a little while trying to figure out how to get past Black's knights before realizing that the real chance lay in diverting Black's queen.
Aug-13-19  AlicesKnight: Same as <Cheapo>; Black castles and suddenly it's all over.
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  patzer2: For today's Tuesday puzzle solution, 27. Rb8! +- (+13.01 @ 25 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 27...?) overloads the Black Queen who cannot guard both b8 and h4.

Even prettier than 27. Rb8! is the strong move 25. g5!! +- (+3.17 @ 20 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 25...?) which sets it up.

P.S.: For an improvement for the losing side, instead of 9...h5?! 10. Be2 ± (+1.12 @ 28 ply, Stockfish 10), our Opening Explorer indicates Black has had good results with 9...0-0 = (-0.16 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 10). An instructive example of play with 9...0-0 is Black's win in N Dzagnidze vs G Sargissian, 2012.

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  malt: 27.Rb8 and Black can't defend h4,
27...Q:b8 28.Q:h4
Aug-13-19  TheaN: I noticed that after 27.Rb8 Qxb8 28.Qxh4 will lead to mate, but thought White could speed it up with 28.Ne7+, missing 28....Rxe7.

Interestingly, it changes absolutely nothing: as Black needs to vacant f8 to prevent Qh7#, it doesn't matter whether White's defending or Black's occupying e7. Black only has an additional check on e4.

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#6 with 28...Nf3+ 29.Rxf3 Qb2+ 30.Kh1 Qg2+ 31.Kxg2 Nf4+ 32.Bxf4 Rd8 33.Qxd8+ Be8 34.Qxe8#

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#7 with 29...Qb2+ 30.Kh1 Ng5 31.Bxg5 Bxe4+ 32.dxe4 Qh2+ 33.Kxh2 Nf3+ 34.Bxf3 Ra8 35.Qh7+ Kf8 36.Qh8#

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