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Paul Keres vs Ilmar Raud
"Lightning Raud" (game of the day Sep-11-2006)
Parnu, Parnu-Viljandi (1929), rd 2, Apr-02
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  0-1


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Nov-23-03  tpx: I peeked at sample pages of Keres's book "The Road to the Top" and found him mentioning this game:

"... I was selected to play in the team for the citymatch against Viljandi. I had to play two games against the young Ilmar Raud, who had by then already made a name for himself. The first game ended in a draw and in the second I came down to an ending with two pawns more. Then suddenly Raud put a whole rook en prise! Without thinking for a single second I took the rook and ... in a few moves I was mated. These first hours of instruction were painful, but also very useful."

Nov-24-03  fatbaldguy: Beautiful trap by black, but white should have played 40 f5, retaining a pawn advantage in the endgame.
Sep-11-06  Confuse: when a grandmaster offers you a rook... think! =)
Sep-11-06  Calculoso: He probably went into an act of sorts after he made the move, sweating, swearing, panting about, etc.
Sep-11-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Without thinking for a single second I took the rook and ... in a few moves I was mated.>

"a few moves"? Make that ONE move! :)

Sep-11-06  Sularus: im a patzer. with that out of the way,
I was analyzing this game and wondered about the "unusually low" quality of play by keres. then i realized he was just around 13 years old during this game. harharhar.

Sep-11-06  dycotiles: This must have hurt!
Sep-11-06  Kreifi: Wou, that was damn beautiful mate. Didint see that coming at all. Just wondering awfully stupid rook move. :P
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  kevin86: What a finish!! One of the finest minds in chess history is caght in a threepenny trap!

Look-white is a rook and pawn ahead----oops,the king is trapped-lol

Sep-11-06  CapablancaFan: "Sure I'll take the rook, I'm sure there will be no strings attached." Lol!
Sep-11-06  cavaleiro: For a future master, even if he is 13 years old, not to see 40..Ne6# is shameful. Nobody offers a Rook without a good reason! 39..Rd7 is a monday or tuesday puzzle! And 40.Nd7 could be blunder of any day. By the way, this could be a new feature from "Blunder of the Day"!!!

: )

Sep-11-06  dehanne: <Nobody offers a Rook without a good reason!> Nigel Short does... check out his game with white vs Krasenkow at the FIDE World Cup in Libya 2004 ;-)
Sep-11-06  syracrophy: This game reminds me another painful story Short vs Beliavsky, 1992
Sep-11-06  technical draw: Hey, give Keres a break. He was only 13 years old. When I was 13 I couldn't even spell "bluonder".
Sep-12-06  blakjak: beautiful mate beautiful
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  kevin86: <technical draw>yoo stil kan't-lol
Sep-13-06  syracrophy: <technical draw><kevin86> Jaja lol! :-P
Dec-22-06  Tacticstudent: UNBELIEVABLE! Keres, one of my favorite players, fantastic openings innovator, making such a blunder... well, humans make mistakes, isn't it?
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  whiteshark: <technical dyslalia> Wuz wrong with spelling it <bluonder>? :D
Oct-15-13  The Last Straw: LOL!!
Apr-12-16  Exploding: A kid can not resist a free rook.

(Gives you 1 minute to find out the grammar mistake and correct it.)

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  HeMateMe: playing through this I kept thinking "How is black going to win this game?"

Anyway, Keres was just 13--Quickness kills!

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  sfm: 40.f5 seems to win instantly.
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