Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Igor Bondarevsky vs Paul Keres
Leningrad/Moscow training (1939), Leningrad/Moscow RUS, rd 14, Jan-25
Gruenfeld Defense: General (D80)  ·  1/2-1/2


NOTE: You are using our new chess viewer, "Olga." For more info see the Olga Quickstart Guide. You can switch back to the old viewer (pgn4web) from the pulldown menu below. If you have questions or suggestions see our Olga chessforum.

explore this opening
find similar games 14 more Bondarevsky/Keres games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: At the top of the page we display the common English name for the opening, followed by the ECO code (e.g. "D80"). The ECO codes are links that take you to opening pages.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-25-03  sleepkid: A "book" draw at the time this game was played (though one requiring impeccable technique.) Has the theory on this changed at all?

One must admire Keres' determination and patience in this endgame. In commenting on this game Fred Reinfeld quotes Alan Breck in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped':

"Am I no a bonny fighter?"

Feb-02-04  Catfriend: I think the theory didn't change, it's a book-draw as you said
Sep-20-04  Knezh: Magic! Deserves deep study!
Feb-19-06  chessworm: Does this game has win for white at any point?
It seems to be that white is winning till the end... But a stalemate to end the game!!! Quite rare and exquisite...
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Quite an interesting endgame. Compare with Smyslov vs E Relange, 1996.

The difference seems to be the activity of Black's rook. Keres kept it active and shooting from afar. Relange tried to use it to contain White's advance. Hmmm...

Sep-25-08  karik: Some good and bad moves according to Nalimov. After 58.Rxh4 the position is drawn, but...

64. -Rg1! only move to draw
65. -Rb2? should lose
67. Kg3! only move to win
68. h5! only move to win
71. Ra5? throws away win
73. -Kg7! only move to draw
92. -Kxh6 also draws
93. -Ra6! only move to draw

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Draw the cards!
from A few Keres games by Catfriend
Black's 66th, White's 71st
from Annotated by Tablebase by Judah
96b_The Unbearable Lightness of rook endgames 2
by whiteshark
Rook endings by Levenfish and Smyslov
by StuporMoundi
Oh, Those Effin' Aitch Pawns in Rook Endgames!
by Resignation Trap
Round 14
from 1939 Leningrad/Moscow by crawfb5
Great Endgame Battles
by Gregor Samsa Mendel
R + fh pawns vs R
from Classical rook endgames by brucemubayiwa
13 (f+h)
from 22_R+PP vs R by whiteshark
That Rook vs Rook + B & R pawns endgame again...
from Fusilli's favorite games by Fusilli
Drawing technique with R v R+2P
from Chessical's Instructive Endgame Collection by Chessical
R + fh pawns vs R
from Classical rook endgames by Nerwal
The R + f&h Pawns vs R paradox
from Exciting, Original, Unusual And Other Draws by TheAlchemist
Rook + 2 pawns ( f + h ) vs Rook
from Rook Endgames by vrkfouri
The R + f&h Pawns vs R paradox
from Exciting, Original, Unusual And Other Draws by T by Octavia
Rooks, complex -> f and h-pawn
from Endgame technique by zorro

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC