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Max Euwe vs Paul Keres
NLD 3940 m (Amsterdam) ;MAINB (1940)  ·  Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  0-1
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Mar-29-08  mistreaver: Fascinating game. Any1 can tell why didn't
Euwe retreat his DSB on 20th move?
Mar-29-08  MichAdams: Well, he had a choice between giving up his LSB or DSB.
Mar-29-08  mistreaver: How would he lost his LSB? If his LSB was lost on move 20 what was the difference on move 21?
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  Karpova: <mistreaver: How would he lost his LSB? If his LSB was lost on move 20 what was the difference on move 21?>

20.Ba3 Qe7 [see diagram]

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e.g. 21.cxd5 Bxd5!

On move 21 instead, 21..Qe7 turns out to lead to simple exchanges after 22.cxd5 [see diagram]

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22...Bxd5 23.Rxd5 Qxe6 24.Qxe6 Rxe6 [see diagram]

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Still a clear advantage for Black.

Mar-29-08  mistreaver: <Karpova> ah i finally got it thanks for explaining it to me :)
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  notyetagm: <sfm: 22.-,d3!! is a real pretty shocker, just made possible by white's 22.f4. Among the greatest games ever.>

Yes, this game is an *extraordinary* achievement by Keres.

Keres gives up ♕ for only ♖♗ but just look at his <PIECE ACTIVITY>.

26 ... ♖a8-e8

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This game is *THE* textbook example that, in the immortal words of Capablanca, <POSITION COMES FIRST, MATERIAL SECOND>.

One of my all-time favorite games.

Sep-07-08  Chesstalesfan: Happy to see a game by one of my two favorites. Keres as a black won against both Petrosian and Spassky playing the Queens Indian. Against 1.e4 he played often Caro Kan, also with famous victories. It was not only posirional. It was something else, let me call it "magic". Tal had it also but not many others.
Sep-07-08  Open Defence: < Chesstalesfan > I thought Keres was more of an 1.e4 e5 player as Black I dont recall too many Caro-Kan games
Sep-07-08  Chesstalesfan: <open defence> Yes, I agree , just I had in mind two victories of Keres against Tal and Fischer. He played only 11 games as black the Caro-Kan with a 60% positive result.
Oct-31-08  LIFE Master AJ: Yes, and please see my analysis of this great game. (Link given earlier.)
Feb-25-10  Milzgebaren: I was lucky enough to play in a Flensburg simul event against Keres. Must have been in 1974, when I was a real youngster. It was a draw.
Jul-09-10  Andrijadj: Make this GOTD with pun Paul the Octopus:)
Jan-06-11  iking: <Andrijadj: Make this GOTD with pun Paul the Octopus:)>

exactly, it make good sense!

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  King Sacrificer: I'm not an expert but the beauty in this game is too much to be unnoticed.

Very nice pun Andrijadj. I hope this game will be a GOTD soon.

Feb-26-12  BlackSheep: An absolute masterclass in tactics by Keres there who is a bit under appreciated by the chess world at large .
Mar-06-13  thejack: 19.Be6+ ??
What an appalling move!

Hard to believe that a former WC would play it..

Mar-06-13  RookFile: This game was a real beat down. Euwe got slapped around like a rag doll.
Oct-16-13  AngeLa: magnifico, open defence, wow, i was blown away, replaying this game :)
Feb-28-14  LIFE Master AJ:
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  Capacorn: This game is under-appreciated around these parts....
Aug-04-14  sneaky pete: Game 9, Rotterdam, January 5.
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  suenteus po 147: <sneaky pete> Was this a match or a tournament?
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  Benzol: As far as I know it was a match.
Dec-21-14  Smite: This was a mauling! I have never wanted to play the QID before.
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  suenteus po 147: <Benzol> By Jove, you're right. Taking a quick look at <amadeus>'s game collection on Keres, it seems Paul played a 14 game match with Euwe from December '39 through January '40.
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