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Nils Johan Folke Ekstrom vs Paul Keres
Stockholm m (1944), Stockholm SWE, rd 4, Jun-20
Bogo-Indian Defense: Nimzowitsch Variation (E11)  ·  0-1


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Jul-09-05  InitiativeCheck: Whites just destroyed in the endgame.
Jul-09-05  halcyonteam: The two rook battering ram hits back on white's terrible pawn formation.
Jul-09-05  Holden: 14. ♘e5?

A better plan for white could have been O-O, e3, and ♘d2 though of course that depends on black's moves. Look at the board after 13.♔e7; it doesn't look bad for white. White has more space, white's bishop looks better than black's, white has a rook on the only semi open file on the board, and though white has the doubled pawns on the c file, he can undouble them any time with c x b6.

After 17. ... ♖hb8, white looks lost to me. His pawn formation is a mess, his king is loose, and his rooks are less active than black's.

Fun rook and pawn endgame to play through.

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  khense: Can't argue with success. However why doesn't black play 13...B6Xc5, leaving white with isolated doubled pawns?
Jul-09-05  EmperorAtahualpa: I like that move 36...♖c1! Didn't see that one coming.
Jul-09-05  Legend: Keres played a 6-game match against Ekstrom, in 1944. Keres won 5-1. The games can be found on this page: F Ekstrom
Jul-09-05  JohnBoy: White butchered his side of this ending. While black is better, the king dance with 20.Kc2 and 21.Kd3 is a waste of time. Play f4 and Rf1 and make black work a bit harder for entry!
Jul-09-05  xduckhuntx: shocking endgame from white.
Jul-09-05  zabbura2002: nice one <EmperorAtahualpa> after 35.g4? .. white must have not realized that the black pawn will soon be untouchable on g4 and that has wasted a lot of white's move
Jul-09-05  mark1800: amusing pun, but not a great game. White traded into a slightly worse endgame and then totally hashed it up. I dont understand 14. Ne5; it just seems to mess up whites pawn structure.
Jul-09-05  Shubes82: some chess moves really puzzle me, especially those of grandmasters. can someone please explain the reasoning behind 13)...Ke7. i just dont understand how it fits in to blacks plan.
Jul-09-05  hintza: 13...Ke7 connects the rooks and prepares for the upcoming endgame, where Black's king will be better placed in the centre than for example tucked away on g8 after ...0-0.
Jul-09-05  woodenbishop: A Paul Keres classic!
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  OhioChessFan: 14 Ne5 is fundamentally wrong. Hard to believe an IM would play such a lame move when not in time trouble.
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  OhioChessFan: <Can't argue with success. However why doesn't black play 13...B6Xc5, leaving white with isolated doubled pawns?>

<Khense>, there's nothing wrong with Ke7. Hintza's comments already address the positives of the move. If bxc5, I think play would continue 14 Rxb8 Nxb8 15 dxc5 Nc6 16 Nd4 with a decent position for white.

Jul-09-05  fgh: Very nice endgame.
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  ajile: Looks to me like 35.H6 wins for White. How does Black stop the H pawn? IE 35..RG4 36.H7 KF7 37. RC8 and the pawn cannot be stopped without losing a piece.
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  OhioChessFan: <Looks to me like 35.H6 wins for White. How does Black stop the H pawn? IE 35..RG4 36.H7 KF7 37. RC8 and the pawn cannot be stopped without losing a piece.>

<ajile>, 35.....Rc2 keeps the King off the g2 square.

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  Calli: <"35.....Rc2 keeps the King off the g2 square.">

and then what? 36.h7 Rh2 37.h8/Q

<ajile> is right, IMHO.

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  khense: ohio chess fan: Agree there's nothing wrong with 13...KE7. But also how about 13...B6XC5; 14.RXB8, NXB8 15. DXC5, NA6
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  OhioChessFan: <Calli>, yes, that's right. I had not moved the pawn to h6 before making Black's move.
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  OhioChessFan: <Agree there's nothing wrong with 13...KE7. But also how about 13...B6XC5; 14.RXB8, NXB8 15. DXC5, NA6>

<khense>, I didn't see the Knight move to a6. The c5 pawn is dead. I haven't spent much time analyzing it, but at first glance I think I'd play c6 and Ne5. Not enough compensation I guess, but the e6 pawn looks weak and might be able to keep Black from castling.

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  patzer2: In American baseball we would call 14. Ne5? an unforced error. After this move, Keres provides an instructive lesson in mopping up weak pawns with his Rook pair.
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  OhioChessFan: I've heard the term unforced error in tennis, but never in baseball.
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  patzer2: <OhioChessFan> You're right. It is a Tennis term. I guess that's an unforced error on my part.
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