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Paul Keres vs Robert James Fischer
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 28, Jun-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jul-29-04  Knight13: Okay. Draw. Why draw? I don't know. Good game.
Jul-29-04  Giancarlo: I'm very surpirsed Fischer plays 1..d4 here. A very rare opener by him.
Dec-19-04  fgh: Let me see... 31. Nxe5 Rxe5 32. Rd7 h5 (32. ... Rg5+?! 33. Kf3 is good for white) 33. Rxb7 with a little advantage for white. The game is very likely to be a draw.
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  offramp: This was the last round. If Keres had beaten Fischer there would have been a playoff match between him and Petrosian. In the end he could only draw and finish equal second with Geller. Keres finished second in four consecutive candidates' tournaments.
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  chancho: Yes, poor Keres was given the appellation of "Paul The Second".
Nov-04-05  ughaibu: As he was knocked out in 1965 by Spassky and with a closer score than either Geller or Tal, one could argue for second in five consecutive candidates events.
Nov-04-05  RookFile: I forget... but there is a memory
that somehow, a few moves before the
end, Keres had a way to obtain a clear
Nov-04-05  Koster: <fgh> Keres might play on in that position but 32...Rg5+ 33. Kf3 Rf8+ if anything is better for black; 34. Ke2 Rg2 or 34. Ke4 h5 35. f4 Rg3 threatening Re8+.

Of course Fischer saw through the 27...Nxe5 28. Rxh7 trap.

Keres could try 24. Nxe4 Rxe4 25. Rh4 Nf8 26. Rbh1 but I think black is OK. If Ng5 black can play Rxf4 gxf4 Qxd4 with compensation.

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  Hesam7: <23. Qc2

A passive move that alows some of White's pressure on the enemy position to melt away. Correct was 23. Rh4, as indicated by Salo Flohr. The Russian grandmaster adds the assessment that White is winning, and it's true that it is hard to see how Black would build up anything in the way of a successful defence. 23... Nf8 would be met very strongly by 24. Be5.> -- "Curacao 1962" by GM Timman

Jun-28-06  RookFile: This sounds right. This draw cost Keres a shot at the world championship.
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  Hesam7: @ RookFile

My engine does not think that White has a big advantage after 32. Rh4. Here is the line it gives:

23... Qe6 24. Qc2 Kg8 25. g5 c5 26. Qb3 cxd4 27. exd4 Nxc3 28. bxc3 b6 29. a4 Qf5 30. Rbh1 Rf8 31. c4 Bxd4 32. Nxd4 Qe4 33. Nf3 Rxf4 34. Rxf4 Qxf4 35. cxd5 (+0.80 @ depth 18)

Jun-28-06  RookFile: Thanks Hesam.... I'll have to look at that.... the point of Qe6 is to hit that annoying point on g4...
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  dernier loup de T: Draw after the exchange of knights, I guess, "Knight 13": White has nothing better to do...
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