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Jon Loftur Arnason vs Raymond Keene
London (England) (1981), London ENG, rd 5, Aug-29
Modern Defense: Pseudo-Austrian Attack (B06)  ·  0-1


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  Larsker: <Evil Keenevil> Any relation with Ray?
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  Nickisimo: I guess you could say he has a "keen" eye for combinations...right? right?
May-06-05  ChessChimp: <cu8sfan> TRAINER'S NOTE: Patzee (ChessChimp) is sensitive about being evolutionarily-challenged. Considering what he has to work with, some of us think his observations can be rather astute. Graciousness and empathy are advantages which superior primates like us sapiens have a responsibility to exemplify to our lesser cousins. He's a good chimp. Patzee just lexigramed (LIKE) (STILL).
May-06-05  reepicheep: I thought this game was incredibly seemed like Keene was going for broke at move 1...inspiring
May-06-05  ChessChimp: <cu8sfan> (CUB) (GOOD) (BALL) (GOOD) (GOOD) (24.Rdg1) (GOOD) (MORE) (BLACK) (PONY) (WORRY) (NO) (FOOD?)
May-06-05  RookFile: Has Keene ever lost a game of chess?
The only games of his I see in print
are those where he wins in a
spectacular manner.
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  keypusher: At the end I thought 34...♖xe2 35 ♕xe2 ♗c3+ but 34...♗g3 is obviously stronger.
May-06-05  zb2cr: I saw the key move, 31...Qxc4 and the Queen interposition. I didn't see the win after 33 ... Bxb2+, so after some time scratching my head, I looked at the followup to 33 ... Bxe1 and concluded that 34 Qxe2? would be met by 34 ... Rxe2; 35 a4, Bc3#. But I faltered at the end. I concluded Black had a won position after 34 ... Rxe2; 35 Qxe2, Bc3+; 36 Qb2, Bxb2+; 37 Kxb2, Be4. Oh well.

Oh, <Larsker>, the name is spelled "Evel Knievel".

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  YouRang: I guess I did what several others did. I saw the queen sac (Qxc4 followed by Bxc3+), and I glanced at taking the rook on e1 instead of the queen on b2.

But didn't notice the clever trick of circling the bishop back around to e5 to snare the queen after all! Great chess.

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  kevin86: I saw that black could gain two rooks for the queen and take the advantage-but i missed that the queen would fall also.
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  donhart: <> I found the solution in seconds. If I can get a Friday puzzle, it doesn't deserve to be a Friday puzzle. I don't even get the Tuesday puzzles!
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  keypusher: <donhart>, I think a lot of people spotted 31...♕xc4 very quickly. But if you worked out everything to 34...♗g3 in seconds, that is indeed remarkable.

<z2bcr>, we both saw 34...♖xe2. It's not as good as Keene's move, but it still wins, doesn't it?

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  WannaBe: <RookFile>
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  Shubes82: Why do we have to see a Ray Keene game like every other day now?
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  hintza: You don't "have to see" any games.
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  cjhasbrouck: Got another Friday puzzle. That's like 5 in a row for me. :)

Probably the most beautiful finish I've ever seen by Keene.

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  DanielBryant: <fian> I'll admit that I wanted to take the queen.
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  Rocafella: What do people keep saying, friday puzzles and tuesday puzzles etc for. Does the day of the puzzle determine it's difficulty?
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  WannaBe: <Rocafella> Usually Monday (easiest) to Sunday (hardest)
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  Rocafella: <WannaBe> Ahhh thanks a lot,I am enlightened :D
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  YouRang: I was wondering if white, instead of playing 34. Bxe2 had played a4 (to give the white king much needed room to move).

But that, I believe, would be followed by either
34... Bc3
35 Qxc3 e1=Q+
36 Qxe1 Rxe1 .
- Or -
35 Bxe2 Bxb2+
36 Kxb2 Rxe2+ .

Either way, white is in bad shape.

May-06-05  Halldor: I found the right line but only for the first moves (to clear the way for the bishop because the two bishops could possible mate the badly placed King) - But I didn't see 33...Bxe1! damned! - I made this line: 33...BxQ? 34. KxB Rb8+ and if 35. Kc3 Rb1 or 35. Kc1 Rc8, but White is better and I've blundered everything for Black...

Still I'm satisfied, it's friday..., mondays are better for me...

Dec-30-05  Ludamad: this game had a great finish
Sep-21-13  quinlan: Simply brilliant!!
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  Benzol: This game was played in the Lloyds Bank Masters
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