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Leo Blumenoff vs Paul Keres
"Paul Maul" (game of the day Sep-06-2006)
Estonian Championship (1933), Tallinn EST, Apr-15
Zukertort Opening: Santasiere's Folly (A06)  ·  0-1


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  WoodPushkin: Greetings


I got this wrong. I got the move order backwards. The e2 ♗ stops all progress and unleashes c2♖to cover second rank. Also taking w/ knight first clears away king pawn cover.

Big fan of Keres. Great puzzle.

Thanks for the puns <Phony Benoni>

Analysis Calculation Execution: STUDY!
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Jan-10-14  PinnedPiece: Played the guess the move rather than run the puzzle. Pretty fun. Par=38, score 42. Came to the crucial puzzle move and sacked the bishop instead of the knight. Should play it with an engine to see how worse black would fare. I had a queen-rook fork planned after 27.exg3:

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But maybe this is bad....


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  FSR: I thought of the winning line, but was puzzled about what to do about 28.Kg1. Didn't see 28...Bh2+!
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  kevin86: White went down quick...and hard.
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  FSR: <NateDawg> is right about 26.Kh2?? being a huge mistake. Houdini 3 says that White can get a big advantage (north of +1) with either 26.Nxf3! exf3 27.Bd1 Bxg3!? 28.Qg2! fxg2 29.Bxh5 Bh4 30.Kxg2 b6 31.Bf3 with the bishop pair in an endgame, or 26.Bxf3! exf3 27.g4 Qg6 28.Qd1 (28.Nxf3 and 28.Nf5 are also good) h5 29.Qxf3 hxg4 30.Qxg4 with an extra pawn.
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  Jimfromprovidence: The best defense appears to be 27 Qe1, but that loses the exchange plus a pawn after 27...Nxc2 28 Rxc2.

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It's probably too early to resign as white can likely snatch the a pawn.

Jan-10-14  griga262: I got this one, which means it was easy for Friday. Or did I just get lucky?
Jan-10-14  ReneDescartes: Got it!
Jan-10-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: This one took me a long time, but I think I got it.

26 ... Nxe3 (obvious try)
27 fxe3 Bxg3+ (ditto)
28 Kg1 Bh2+ (that's what took me so long to find)
29 Kxh2 Qe5+
30 Kg1 Qg3+
31 Qg2 Qxg2++

Two alternate lines are

29 Kf2 Qh4++


28 Kxg3 Qe5+
29 Kh4 g5++

Jan-10-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Yee ha! I got Thursday and Friday puzzles this week!!
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  Zhbugnoimt: I got this one in about 30 seconds.
Jan-10-14  MiCrooks: Jim: Against Keres down and exchange and a pawn...plenty early enough to resign :)
Jan-10-14  MiCrooks: Not the most obvious of mating nets, requiring a double piece sack to mate with the Queen dancing on the black squares. Black needs to be careful with the checks...ensuring that he can access h4 if White can reach f2. Thus Qg5+ first. Love me some Keres!
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  perfidious: <Slightly faulty calculations like this have cost me OTB.>

Don't I know it.

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  thegoodanarchist: 29.Kf2 is no better than the move played due to 29...Qh4+ with the same winning maneuver as played in the game
Jan-10-14  BOSTER: My guess that is more difficult to find move 26. Kh2 than 26...Nxe3 and Bxg3.
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  whiteshark: <trnbg: I think there is a second solution: take first on g3 and then on e3. Look here: 26... Bxg3 27.fg (if 27.Kxg3, then 27... Qe5+ and mate next move) 27... Nxe3 28.Qe1 (only move) 28... Ng4+ 29.Kg1 Qxh3 and mate follows.>

This is the position at the end of your line:

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Unfortunately there's no mate after <30.♘xf3 (or ♗xf3) exf3 31. ♗xf3 8resp ♘xf3)> because the square h2 is covered by ♖c2.

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  Patriot: Material is even.


27.Kxg3 Qe4+ 28.Kh4 g5#

27.fxg3 Nxe3

27.Kg1 looks like the toughest "defense". I don't think black has any real concerns with this.

Jan-10-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: I agree that Kh2 was a colossal blunder. It's hard to understand missing the Bxf3 line, eliminating the f3 intruder.

I won't say that about the edgier Nxf3 choice, but choosing Bxf3 over Kh2 is very basic stuff.

Jan-10-14  BOSTER: For me still the puzzle why white did not play 17. Bxe5 Bxa3 18.Rc7
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  Phony Benoni: BOSTER: After <17.Bxe5>:

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Black eventually wins material: <17...Bxe5 18.Qxd7+ Nxd7 19.Nxe5 Nxe5 20.Rc5 f6 21.f4 Ng4 22.Rxf5 Nxe3>, emerging up an exchange.

Jan-10-14  PJs Studio: You've got it Phony. Impressive defensive resource by Keres. 15...e5 liberates blacks position tactically while at the same time being fully sound.

To bad the Soviet chess empire held Keres down due to his ethnicity/religion. A truly super GM.

Jan-11-14  Moszkowski012273: Even at the end white was winning. 26.Bxf3, exf3 27.g4... would of won a VERY important pawn.
Jan-11-14  BOSTER: < PB > After 21...Ng4 white is not obliged to play 22.Rxf5 .White can play Bf3, or h3, or Rc7. Thanks, BTW.
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