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Paul Keres vs Leho Laurine
"Please Mr. Postman" (game of the day Dec-08-2012)
corr (1935)
French Defense: Advance Variation. Nimzowitsch System (C02)  ·  1-0
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Apr-03-12  backrank: Hard to believe that no one has kibitzed yet on this really brilliant game. With 17. Be6! Keres starts off a series of hammer blows which doesn't stop till the end and from which Black never recovers. I like especially 18. Bxe5!! (based on fxe5?? 19. Qf7#; if 18. ... Nxe5, so simply 19. Rxe5!) and 22. Bxf6!! (gxf6 23. Qh5+ mating soon).
Dec-04-12  Eduardo Bermudez: When I saw this game for the first time got stunned !!
Dec-04-12  drnooo: Leho Laurine:
"when I first played this game, got stunned."
Dec-04-12
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  TheFocus: The next time they played, Keres was humming "Here Comes the Stun>".
Dec-08-12  vinidivici: Nice....

If 19...Kd7 20.Nxe6 Kxe6 21.Bc7+ 1-0

If 18...Nxe5 19.Rxe5 fxe5 20.Qf7#

Dec-08-12  Abdel Irada: "Keres' silver hammer
Came down upon his head.
Keres' silver hammer
Made sure that he was dead."
Dec-08-12
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  rilkefan: It seems a bit unfair for Keres to play correspondence. I can well imagine he had the final position on his board when he mailed 13.Bf4.
Dec-08-12
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  FSR: Wow. Keres really "went postal" on his ass.
Dec-08-12
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  profK: Almost convinces one to play the central advance gambit...PK makes it look all too easy...
Dec-08-12
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  morfishine: Keres delivers; he sure put his stamp on this game...he just enveloped him
Dec-08-12  ZHHaNiVe: Why 16.d4, why not 16.exf4? Any comments?
Dec-08-12
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  HeMateMe: pun?? Correspondance game?
Dec-08-12
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  Shams: <ZHHaNiVe> 16...exf4 17.Rxd5 Qg4 18.Nc7+ Kf8 19.Rxe7 winning.
Dec-08-12
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  HeMateMe: That was slick. Leho got the Heave-ho.
Dec-08-12  Razgriz: Well played. Relentless attack.
Dec-08-12  sfm: <rilkefan: It seems a bit unfair for Keres to play correspondence. I can well imagine he had the final position on his board when he mailed 13.Bf4.> Or at least the position before the suicidal 21.-,Qxa2. 22.Bxf6! was a brilliant reply.
Dec-08-12  waustad: Excellent king hunt!
Dec-08-12  shatranj7: @ Backrank: I believe the full line if black plays 22...gxf6 is 23.Qh5+ Kg8. 24.Re3. Jettisoning the queen is the only way to prolong the game here. Both 24...Bf8 and 24...Ne5 fall to mating attacks: 24...Bf8. 25.Rg3+ Bg7. 26.Rxg7# and 24...Ne5. 25.Rg3+ Ng6. 26.Rxg6+! hxg6. 27.Qxg6#
Dec-08-12  shatranj7: Keres didn't retreat at all in this game! It's rare to see a player keep an initiative going throughout an entire game. Spassky style of play!
Dec-08-12  shatranj7: A better pun would have been "Gone Postal."
Dec-08-12
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  kevin86: The queen and knight surround the king.
Dec-08-12
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  MindCtrol9: This game is another prove that chess palyers from the 1950's and before were extremedly good,and all these stuff were without programs even if this game was a correspondance chess game or not.
Dec-08-12  RookFile: The earlier guys can probably outcalculate today's guys because they've exclusively used their mental muscles. Today's players have better opening knowledge because computer databases are great for learning openings.
Dec-08-12
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  rilkefan: So Stockfish says that 15...a6 - 16.Nc3 d4 would have left black with equality (depth 24, 0.4 Gnodes) though his king stays in the center and it wouldn't be easy to survive against a Keres.

Instead 15...Be7 was +1.7, and 16...d4 (instead of ...Kf8) was +4.

As <sfm> notes, ...Qa2 was not ideal. 21...Nxd4 22.Nd4 and the threats of Qb3 and Qxb7 win less abruptly.

Dec-08-12
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  PawnSac: < FSR: Wow. Keres really "went postal" on his ass.>

yea. the thing i've always admired about Keres is that unlike many others, he was not afraid to skate on thin ice. There's no question about it, he was in tune with the material value of the intangibles like force, time, mobility, etc. For him to drop a pawn or two for "compensation" was routine. He had an uncanny sense for what his sac was worth. A great player.

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