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Paul Keres vs Max Euwe
Euwe - Keres (1939/40), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, Dec-29
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Morphy Attack (C78)  ·  0-1


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  offramp: A very good game!

White's knight seems to give him a small advantage in this position, after 39...Qd6

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But white seems to be in a bit of a tizz as to how to make progress. The queens come off, and after some pawn-swaps we reach this position, after 44...Kf8:

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The position of white's ♖+♘ gives him a great idea: a mating attack! Black plays 46...Rc2 and now...

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47.Kg4! with obvious designs on e6/g6.

White also gives up a pawn to get a passed pawn on the queenside. It looks unstoppable, after 54.b6

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...because the knight will protect the pawn on b7, and white has Rc8+ to come.

But if white had played 55.b7

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...there is a quick mate! It is not hard to see and it ends in ....Rh6#

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So white has to lose all his trump cards and ends up 3 pawns down.

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  sneaky pete: Game 4, Amsterdam, December 29 and (after adjournment) 31.
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  offramp: Chess players and cricketers never seem to mind playing on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
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