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Paul Keres vs Karel Hromadka
Prague (Czech Republic) (1937)  ·  Benoni Defense: Modern Variation (A56)  ·  1-0
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Dec-02-04  Jafar219: nice game by super Paul
Dec-02-04  drukenknight: yeah, but did black forget RxN?
Dec-02-04  samvega: 33..Rxc3 34.Rxd8+ Qxd8 35.Qxc3 Qf7 (i guess) 36.Bb2 Qh7 37.Qf6 and white is still winning?
Dec-02-04  drukenknight: are you asking me or telling me? 35... Qf8 seems better in our line.
Dec-02-04  samvega: <asking or telling?> suggesting

the bishop-queen battery would threaten mate at g7 or h8, that's why I suggested 35.Qf7 in that line.

It looks like black is lost in any case, but he may have dismissed (rather than overlooked) Rxc3 b/c he wanted to keep the bishop off b2.

Dec-02-04  drukenknight: it's not lost the last time I ran it through the crap computer, unless Qf8 allows a mate or something (i.e. unless I wrote down the wrong 35th move, the line seems okay). Try running it through; it seems to hold, no?
Dec-02-04  samvega: ok i see what you mean.
33..Rxc3 34.Rxd8+ Qxd8 35.Qxc3 Qf8 36.Bb2 Kh7 and there's no mate threat, no immediate promotion threat, and no invasion at f6. So looks like you were right.
Dec-02-04  drukenknight: where did you get your avatar?
Dec-02-04  samvega: from the selection provided by chessgames. I used to have a Kali or Krishna avatar, but apparently that wis not politically correct, so I was asked to change. I kind of like my new incarnation.
Dec-02-04  beatgiant: <drukenknight>, <samvega>: 33...Rxc3 allows mate: 34. h7+ Kh8 35. Qxc3+ Ng7 36. Qxg7#, or 34...Kf8 35. h8(Q)#.
Dec-02-04  drukenknight: yes I really should have looked at that part, the crap computer seemed to be telling me something but I wasnt listening. Black seems to have some sort of positional problem why did he capture with the pawn 25...gxf5 anyhow?
Dec-04-04  beatgiant: <why did he capture with the pawn 25...gxf5 anyhow?>

Probably he wanted to control the e4 square, fearing something like 25...Nxf5 26. Qe8+ Nf8 27. Ne4 . He can also try 25...Qxb3 , but this leaves him open to fxg6 or f6 with a strong-looking attack, although the result isn't clear at a glance to me.

Dec-05-04  GKing: <why did he capture with the pawn 25...gxf5 anyhow?>

<25...gxf5 seems to be a better choice than 25...Nf5>

If we try : 25...gxf5 26Qe8+ Nf8 27 Ne4 then 27...Be6! and the black still can resist. It seems that the stronger choice against 25...gxf5 was 26 Qe8+ Nf8 27Bg4! and white maintain black under heavy pressure.

Dec-05-04  drukenknight: how do you feel about 25...Nxg5? do you think this can hold?
Dec-05-04  GKing: <No>
I think 25...Nxg5 should be a choise that makes white´s job harder than 25...gxf5. I don´t believed black can scape after 22...Qd8? (lost of time)
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