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Arthur Dunkelblum vs Paul Keres
"Slam Dunk" (game of the day Jul-17-2004)
Ostend (1937), Ostend BEL, rd 7, Apr-17
Indian Game: Spielmann-Indian (A46)  ·  0-1


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  PinkZebra: Can white allow the bishop on f1 to take on g2? I think that better chances are to be had for white while he is a pawn up with a safer castled position.
Oct-04-02  bishop: I agree that 18.Kxf1 is better but even after that I think that Black has sufficient counterplay for his pawn in his lead in development and strong Bishop.
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  Sneaky: Wow, that b-pawn made quite a journey in 22 moves--and in the end it decided the game!
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  kevin86: Shouldn't it be "Dunk Slammed"?. Here is another case of the overworked queen. She has to mind her own d file and find time to stop such an impudent pawn---she can't.
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  vonKrolock: Keres plays a sort of counter-gambit and obtains a strong attack combinating an open a1-h8 line for his Bishop, advanced 'a' Pawn and the virtual N+R battery... the crisis arrives after 17...Bxf1: Dunkelblum (= "dark flower" in german or yiddish) tries 18.Nc3?! whith the good intention of avoiding the dangers, but this is not enough... but even whith first 18.Kxf1 Rxd8 and then (a) 19.Nc3 Black seems to come off well after, p. ex. (a1) 19...Qa6+ 20.Ne2(forced) a3!, or even 19...Nxe3+ 20.Qxe3 Qa6+! (nota: not 20...Qxe3?? 21.fxe3 a3 22.Rd1! Rxd1 23.Nxd1 axb2 24.Nxb2 Bxb2 25.Nc4!! and the pawn 'c' queens...); or (b) 19.Na3 Nxe3+ 20.Qxe3 Qxe3 21.fxe3 Bxb2 etc
Feb-28-06  MorphyMatt: Excellent! 23. ♕xd5 b1=♕!! wins big.
Jan-19-07  notyetagm: 21 ... axb2! is such an innocent-looking move but it wins immediately, since it ties down either the White c3-knight (<knights control only one square>) or the White d1-rook (<heavy pieces on the back rank do not count on the file>) to the defense of the b1-promotion square.

Hence one of those two White pieces cannot also be counted as attacking the Black d5-knight (<OVERWORKED>), which means that White actually attacks the Black d5-knight -two- times and not the -three- that it appears to be. This tactical situation is nicely summarized by Weteschnik's saying <OBLIGATION RESTRICTS MOBILITY>.

Keres was such a great player.

Jan-19-07  notyetagm: <MorphyMatt: Excellent! 23. Qxd5 b1=Q!! wins big.>

Very nice. 23 ♕xd5 makes the White d5-queen loose. 23 ... b1=♕! then <REMOVES THE GUARD> of the loose White d5-queen by <PINNING> it to the White h1-king.

23 ♕xd5? b1=♕! and then

24 ♕x♕e6 ♕x♖d1+ <zwischenschach> and 25 ... fx♕e6

24 ♖x♕b1 <deflection from d5> ♕x♕d5

Jan-19-07  syracrophy: <notyetagm> In fact, Black wins more (and more forced) with 23.♕xd5 ♕xd5 24.♖xd5 b1=♕+ 25.♔g2 ♕e4+ wins the ♖ right away
Jan-19-07  notyetagm: Position after continuation 23 ♕c2 ♖xd1+ 24 ♕xd1:

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Now Black wins with 24 ... ♕e4+ 25 f3 b1=♕!

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and Black forces the trade of the White queen for one of his -two- Black queens, leaving him a whole queen ahead:

26 fx♕e4 ♕x♕d1+
26 ♕x♕b1 ♕x♕b1+ <rubberband>

It was this position from a Reinfeld tactical puzzle book, after Black's 24 ... ♕e4+, which lead Reinfeld to write <"Notice the immediate decisive effect of gaining control of the promotion square">.

Feb-19-07  MaczynskiPratten: Chernev's comment on this was "Could a Pawn voted as "least likely to succeed" become the star of the show?" Not bad for a doubled isolated "weak" pawn...
Jan-23-08  jovack: white should've taken a minute to see that his tactics wouldn't work. and he was doing quite good for a while.
Aug-19-08  notyetagm: Keres games are just so magnificent.

Keres was so incredibly tactically alert (21 ♖a1-d1 a3xb2!).

Aug-19-08  notyetagm: <syracrophy: <notyetagm> In fact, Black wins more (and more forced) with 23.Qxd5 Qxd5 24.Rxd5 b1=Q+ 25.Kg2 Qe4+ wins the R right away>

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Aug-19-08  ILikeFruits: it it as slam dunk as...
tenet's iraq war...
peace and love...
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and mother earth...
Aug-20-08  notyetagm: Just a beautiful game by Keres, included in his best games collection.
May-22-09  notyetagm: What a game by Keres.

I find it very hard to believe that he never became World Champion.

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