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Paul Keres vs David Bronstein
Parnu (1947), rd 10, Jul-30
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer Variation. General (B60)  ·  0-1


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  Sneaky: 34. ...Rb1+ ... This was an easy one.

But what else could White play? 34. Nc1?? Qe1#

I can't say for certain where White went wrong, but I'd take a closer look at 25. e5, because that move opened up the d-file and gave new life to the rook on d8, which eventually straddled White with a weak d pawn.

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  Honza Cervenka: I think white went wrong much earlier. Black position seems to be better (thanks to two bishops + control of c-line and a8-h1 diagonal) with or without 25.e5. Maybe white should play 15.f4 to not allow Nc6-e5-c4. After 25.e5 dxe5 26.Bxe5 b4 27.Bxf6 Bxf6 white can play 28.Rxd8 but 28...Qxd8 29.Qxb4 Bxc3 30.bxc3 Qg5 is also better for black. But it is the reason for me to prefer 26...Rxd3 27.cxd3 b4 instead of immediate 26...b4.
Oct-06-02  drukenknight: let me ask you something, when blacks QN is sitting on c6 and white N on d4 (oftentimes in the Kan Sicilian) why doesnt white go NxN and isolate the RP? for instance here 7 Nxc6 bxc6 8 e5.

what about 15 a5?

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  Honza Cervenka: 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 is a sac of pawn. It seems to be playable but white has many more reliable ways to play this position without sac of material.
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  Honza Cervenka: 15.a5 Nxa5 16.Nxa5 bxa5 17.b3 Bb7 etc.
Jan-13-07  syracrophy: Saw it immediately.

34...♖b1+!! <35.Rxb1 Qxa3 ; 35.Kf2 Qe1#>

Jan-13-07  idriveacapri: Why was this a saturday puzzle?
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  al wazir: 33. Rc1 would have been better. If 33...Qxb3, then 34. Rc8+. If 33...Rxb3, then 34. Rxc3. If 33...Qxd3 then 34. Qc5, threatening Qc8+, and white escapes disaster with the loss only of a ♙.
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  kamalakanta: Isn't it interesting how many modern ideas are owed to Bronstein? Look at Black's set up after move 14. Does it not look like the typical Kasparov set up in the Schveningen against karpov in 1984-85?

Petrosian said that modern chess started with Bronstein! His contributions in the Kings's Indian alone have been momentous.

Oct-19-16  DrGridlock: Game is noteworthy for 2 reasons:

(i) This is the first time in the database playing the White pieces in a Sicilian defense that Paul Keres lost a game.

(ii) Keres did not lose another White side of the Sicilian until 1955.

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  gawain: No kibitzing today at all? I know that the daily puzzle has been disrupted and offset to incorrect weekdays since the death of webmaster Freeman, but it is surprising that no one at all has checked in today. I admit I have not checked in for a week or more. Is the Chessgames puzzle community falling apart?
Aug-24-18  Huddsblue: A Tuesday puzzle.
Aug-24-18  NBZ: <gawain>: I still check the puzzles each day! I admit it's a bit disconcerting to have "hard" puzzles that are one-movers and "easy" puzzles that are basically high-level unclear sacrifices. Many puzzles are repeated from recent weeks. All this is completely understandable given the difficulties Chessgames is facing, but it is also understandable why people are less likely to post.

I wonder if we would get more participation during the transition period simply by (1) removing the difficulty bar (2) recycling puzzles (if possible) from a couple of years back rather than earlier this year. Of course I say "simply" but I recognize that these things could well be challenging to implement.

Aug-24-18  Olavi: This is one bad game by my idol Keres, from start to finish.
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa done

<1. = (0.14): 10...Bd7> 11.Nb3 Be8 12.a3 Rc8 13.f4 Qb6+ 14.Kh1 Rd8 15.Qd3 d5 16.e5 Nd7 17.Qg3 Bxg5 18.Qxg5 h6 19.Qh4 f6 20.exf6 Nxf6 21.Na4 Qc7 22.Nac5 Qe7 23.Qh3 Bf7 24.Rde1 e5 25.fxe5 Nxe5 26.Bd3 Rc8 27.Qg3

2. = (0.18): 10...Ne5 11.Nb3 Ned7 12.a4 b6 13.Bf4 e5 14.Be3 Bb7 15.f3 Qc7 16.Bd3 h6 17.Rfe1 Rfe8 18.Qe2 Rec8 19.Rf1 Nf8 20.Qf2 N8d7 21.Rd2 Qc6 22.Rfd1 Rc7 23.Be2 Rac8 24.Qf1 Ra8 25.Bf2 Rcc8

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  patzer2: Catching up on puzzles I missed this week, I immediately saw 34...Rb1+ -+ wins with the dual threat of 35. Rxb1 Qxa3 -+ or 35. Kf2 Qxa1 -+.

However, I should have looked a moment longer to see 35. Kf2 Qe1#.

P.S.: So where did White go wrong? As <Sneaky> pointed out, Kere's game takes a turn for the worse with 25. e5? dxe5 ∓ to -+ (-1.48 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 9).

Instead, 25. Bxd6 Rxd6 26. Rxd6 Rb8 27. Qd4 Bxd6 28. Qxd6 b4 29. Nd1 Bxe4 ⩱ to = (-0.20 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 9) would have held it near level.

Earlier in the game, <Honza Cervenka>'s 2002 post was on point in suggesting 15. f5 = as an improvement over 15. Bf4 Ne5 ⩱.

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