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Kurt Rattmann vs Paul Keres
corr (1933)
Budapest Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A52)  ·  0-1


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  InspiredByMorphy: Well played by Keres. Great positional insight.
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  Legend: <InspiredByMorphy> Keres was often called as Second Morphy (or something like that)... do you agree? :)
Feb-05-04  aulero: Very brilliant game!

I suppose that "Fernpartie" means "game by mail".

<InspiredByMorphy>, I am not able to understand why in your opinion this game shows <Great positional insight>. It seems to me a formidable trap, that is, a pretty tactical expedient.

<Legend> "Keres = 2nd Morphy" is not an untenable opinion, but it is like comparing a race car of 1930 with a race car of 2000.

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  InspiredByMorphy: Comparing a race car aulero? Come on now. If Keres were to play classical chess against Morphy, you would have yourself an incredible match. Keres would probably win at more modern chess, but how many more games has Keres played than Morphy and for how much longer is the question. Keres is among my top 5 favorite, and the most comparable (next to Schlecter), to Morphy. If you havent seen Keres play the Kings gambit, do so. He's great with it ( among many other openings ). Keres wasent afraid to play different things, hence his bravery is unsurpassed (next to Alekhine) when it comes to trying something new out. A chess master told me of Keres playing the Budapest gambit "How old was he, and was it serious match play?" Good points, but I still like the Budapest. I say "great positional insight" in this game because Keres simply builds his position. Before capturing anything he obviously considers his position. He must especially do so in an opening such as this, where he is playing a gambit ( and especially one as hard to play as this ). Kudos to Keres!
Feb-06-04  aulero: I often refrain from explaining my personal views because writing in english is an hard matter for me and I have always little time. But in this case I fill myself obliged to answer and clarify.


When I heard speaking about matchs between players of different epochs I wonder what the speakers really mean. So let us analyze what the "Morphy - Keres" match could mean.

A) Both Keres and Morphy with the relative knowlodge of their times?

In this case Keres would have won near all games. Not all games because Morphy was a so great natural player that surely would have learnt from the defeats how adapting his play to avoid a complete failure.

B) Keres with the chess knowledge of Morphy' time?

Well I suppose the result would have been similar to the "Morphy - Anderssen" match. Morphy introduces a new way to play and we cannot assume that Keres could have introduced a comparable one. If the Keres we know "played like Morphy" is because Morphy existed and "showed something".

C) Morphy with the chess knowledge of Keres' time?

Well it makes more sense to me. The answer is uncertain and depends on personal opinions. The real fact is that we do not have any idea how Morphy could have played in high competitive chess: beeing an instable personality, despite his superior talent, I suppose not very well. Keres proved to be an exceptional player despite dramatic contextual conditions.


I suppose you misunderstood. In the 1930 was possible to construct race cars with the same power of current race cars, but I do not suggest you to take a bend with the old cars at the same speed of new cars. In the same way, it is also possible that the Morphy and Keres "engines" was of the same power, but the former was assembled in a body without the modern technology.


The main theme of this game is the trap and capture of White's black square bishop. The White's main error is not (in my opinion) a strategic one. Playing 8.♘xe5 - instead of for example 8.♗xe5 - White simply does not calculate that his black square bishop was eventaully lost: this is a tactical error and it does not diminish in any way the value of Keres' performance.

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  Honza Cervenka: 20.Rad1 would have been much better. Also 23.Nd5 (freeing c3 for Bishop) 23...Qxg3 (what else?) 24.fxg3 Rxh8 25.Rxf5 Rxf5 26.Ne7+ and 27.Nxf5 looks okay for white.
Feb-06-04  aulero: <Honza> your observations are, as always, extremely concrete. And they confirm that White made big tactical errors. I misjudged completely the nature of this game. I thought it was a correspondence game between expert players and I didn't analyze any single move (I rarely do it in any case). A close look seems to demonstrate that I waste time and words in a faulty game.
Dec-14-15  Pinkerton: There's an oil leak as seen by Honza.
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