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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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  Calli: <seeminor> Keres gives 19.Be3 d4 20.Bg2 Bxg2 21.Nxg2 dxe3 22.Nxe3 Bd4 23.Rae1 as correct. Probably Keres investigated this variation after Alekhine vs Keres, 1939 which is the same after 10˝ moves.
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  LIFE Master AJ: That analysis is somewhat superficial, see my web page for more details.
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  notyetagm: What a great game this is by Keres.
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  notyetagm: Black to play: 32 ... ?

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32 ... Rf3xNf4!

Position after 32 ... Rf3xNf4!

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With 32 ... Rf3xNf4! Keres (Black) exploits the fact that since the White g3-pawn must <SHIELD> the White g2-king from the rook check ... Re8-g8+ by <BLOCKING> the g-file, the White g3-pawn cannot also <DEFEND> the White f4-knight.

That is, 32 ... Rf3xNf4! exploits the tactical point that the White g3-pawn is <OVERWORKED>, having to both <BLOCK> the g-file -and- <DEFEND> the White f4-knight.

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 Q for only RB but just look at his <PIECE ACTIVITY>.

26 ... Ra8-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.
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  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 :)
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  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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