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Paul Keres vs Reuben Fine
Olympiad (1935), Warsaw POL, rd 16, Aug-28
French Defense: Advance Variation. Nimzowitsch System (C02)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-01-13  Dr. J: A remarkable game, worthy of much attention - I'm surprised I've never read about it anywhere. Fine's queening combination is extraordinary - I don't think I've ever seen anything like his 68th and 70th moves. And equal kudos to Keres' defense.
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  dernier loup de T: Indeed; but how can Keres save the game after 92..Qc4+?
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  beatgiant: <dernier loup de T> What if both players just play the obvious moves: 92...Qc4+ 93. Kd7 g3 94. b6 g2 95. Rg8 Qb5+ 96. Kc7 Kf2 97. Kb7 g1(Q) 98. Rxg1 Kxg1 99. Bc7

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This looks drawn to me (to prevent the b-pawn's advance, Black must eventually repeat). You can confirm that if you have a 7-piece tablebase.

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Komodo 10 reached this position which is tablebase win in #56(!) by the reasonable, but intricate sequence

92...Qc4+ 93 Kd7 g3 94 b6 Qa4+ 95 Kc7 Qc2+ 96 Kd7 Qh7+ 97 Kc6 ( 97 Kxe6 loses more quickly) 97...g2 98 Rf8+ Ke2 99 Bc5 Qe4+ 100 Kb5 Qd3+ 101 Kb4 Qb1+ 102 Kc4 Qc2+ 103 Kb4 Qb2+ 104 Kc4 Qxe5 105 Rf2+ Ke1 106 Rf7 Qxc5+ 107 Kxc5 b1Q+ 108 Kc6

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  beatgiant: <tamar>
Very interesting. The point is to prevent White's trading his rook for the g-pawn, an idea I missed.

To try to prevent that outcome, White might try 92...Qc4+ <93. Kb6!?> as in: 92...Qc4+ 93. Kb6 Qe4 94. Rg8 Qh7 95. Rxg4 Kxg4

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Without access to a 7-piece tablebase, the result is not obvious to me. Presumably Black can win if he can bring his king over to the queenside before the b-pawn advances too far.

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  beatgiant: <tamar>
On some investigation, I concluded that Black wins from my last diagram above.
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