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Paul Keres vs Vasily Smyslov
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), The Hague NED, rd 2, Mar-04
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0


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Jun-10-05  babakova: Strange that no one has kibitzed on this great game, I greatly enjoy Keres punishing moves starting with 19.Ng5! thrusting his f-pawn forward and finally swinging his queen over to the kingside to get the full point.

I am however unsure if white has a win if black plays 23...Bxf6! 24.Rxf6 Nd7 25.Rd6 Qxg5 26.Rxd7 Rxd7 27.Qxd7 c5 28.Qxa7... Yes, white is up a piece, but that bishop doesnt look like a happy camper. Probably black can push his pawns and force white to sacrifice his bishop thus probably ending in a draw.

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  chancho: 27...Bxh4? 28.Qf4 Bg5 29.Qxb8+! Nxb8 30.e8=Q
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  Knight13: <Strange that no one has kibitzed on this great game> There's not much say except its tactical "interestingness" that is attractive.
May-13-08  Whitehat1963: Thursday puzzle after 26...Nd7.
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  Domdaniel: White has several ways to win after 27...Bxh4. Chancho's 28.Qf4 is good. I thought the idea was 28.Qh3, forking bishop and knight. But apparently strongest is 28.Qb3+ Kg7 and then 29.Qh3 when it has added bite, eg 29...Ne5 30.Qxh4 Ng4 31.Bxf6+, mating.

27.h4 isn't even necessary. 27.Qb3+ Kg7 28.Qe6 also wins.

Aug-23-09  WhiteRook48: I don't see the win
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  profK: 26...Qa5 And there it rots. I am sure there is a lesson here.
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  Honza Cervenka: 23...Bh6 was a howler. Not only 23...Bxf6 is better as <babakova> suggested long time ago but 23...Nxe4 can be even better, for example 24.fxe7 Qxg5 25.Qd7 Qe3+ 26.Kh1 Nf2+ 27.Rxf2 Qxf2 28.Qd8+ Kh7 29.Qxb8 Qe2 30.h3 (or 30.Rg1) 30...Qxe7 with unclear position where black has four quite dangerous Pawns against Rook. Of course, 23...Nxe4 24.Nxe4 Rxe4 25.fxg7 Qd5 is fine for black, who has more than sufficient compensation for missing Bishop.
Sep-23-17  andrea volponi: 21...Qxc5! -Nxf7 d3+ -Kh1 Qc2 -Nh6+ Kh8 -Nf7+ Kg8=
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