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Samuel Reshevsky vs Paul Keres
"Leave Your Keres Behind" (game of the day Sep-03-2011)
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), The Hague NED, rd 3, Mar-08
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0


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Jun-10-05  babakova: In this game I like Reshevskys determined play on the queenside, which he follows up with a nice weaking of the kingside 20.Bg5! etc. The move I like the most however is 32.h4! which is incredibly profound. It covers g5 an extra time and prepares to swing the knight to f4.

29.Be3! is also a cute positional move which prepares Ng5 and puts pressure on blacks weakened queenside. Quite a good game.

Jul-20-06  Maynard5: I agree with the previous comment -- a very good positional game by Reshevsky. Another interesting aspect of the game is that after the knight has reached d5, Black is forced to open lines on the e-file and b-file, after which White penetrates with a decisive attack against the king.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Very well played by White. His switch to the K-side with h4 was played in severe time trouble as well.
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  wwall: After 35.h5, perhaps better is 35...gxh5 36.Nd5 Nxd5 37.cxd5 Be5.

After 38.Bxc5, it looks like 38...Bd4 and 38...Qxc5 loses.

39...Bd4?? looks like the losing move. Perhaps 39...Bf8 (or 39...Rd8) and 40...Qe7 may be better.

Oct-24-09  AnalyzeThis: Playing this eccentric stuff against Reshevsky probably wasn't a good idea, because he didn't know openings anyway. This would have been like a normal game for him, where each move he's just calculating and relying upon his positional understanding to find the best move.
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  Marmot PFL: Keres must have thought he was playing Botvinnik.
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  Fusilli: So, are we to conclude that the queenside fianchetto in the KID is so bad that it is worth a tempo waste (3.d3, 6.d4)? I guess the answer is yes... I have to say I was quite surprised by 6.d4.
Nov-15-10  WhiteRook48: 3 d3???!!! interesting
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  al wazir: How can 24. Nd5 not be good for white? If 24...Bxd5 25. exd5, white has a protected passed ♙. And if the ♕ moves, where can it go? The threats of 26. Rxb6 and 26. Ne7+ rule out practically all squares. If 24...Qa7, then 25. exf5 Bxd5 26. cxd5 gxf5 27. Qb3.

Oh, well. Reshevsky won anyway.

Sep-03-11  rilkefan: <<al wazir>: How can 24. Nd5 not be good for white? If 24...Bxd5 25. exd5, white has a protected passed P.>

Am I missing something after 25...e4 threatening Qxh2 if the knight moves?

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  perfidious: <al wazir>, <rilkefan> 25....e4 would indeed be very strong, so the knight must be driven back with the preliminary 24.h3, when White keeps some advantage.
Sep-03-11  smirnoff: <3 d3???!!! interesting>

6.d4 means that it was a loss of a tempo only.

Sep-03-11  goodevans: Once 28 Qb3 had been played, my instinct would have been to get my K off the a2-g8 diagonal. If not immediately then shortly thereafter.

Keres leaving his K on g8 was significant several moves later in allowing the N to get to d5, triggering black's demise.

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  thegoodanarchist: Lots of maneuvering and positional play and the <BLAMM!> a short sharp combination forces Keres to throw in the towel.

I was surprised. I expected a drawn out endgame with pawn promotion themes.

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  kevin86: The end came very fast. White's pieces located behind the enemy forces,are deadly.

As for the pun:Who KERES?

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  al wazir: <rlkefan> & <perfidious>: Thanks. Nd5 was lurking in the background but never got a chance to happen.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: A Spanish book I have on this match agrees with <wwall> and gives 39...Bd4? as the losing move. It states that 39...Kf8 was necessary.
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  profK: Sammy the Super Solid, and a long reign of being one of the best, but never crowned, A bit like Rubinstein
Sep-03-11  DrMAL: <kevin86: The end came very fast> Black blundered with 39...Bd4? This game was below par for these players IMO, there were earlier opportunities granted by black and missed by white. Also, Keres' play in the end got inaccurate and then (on move 39) fell apart maybe he had time trouble. <WhiteRook48: 3 d3???!!! interesting> That's a bit of punctuation LOL. For a better rendition by black see Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961
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  Honza Cervenka: 23.Qb3 Kh8 24.Nd5 looks like a pretty straightforward win for white. Keres did not play the opening very well here, to put it very mildly.
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  WCC Editing Project: From this position (white to move)

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<"The last seven moves were made with three minutes remaining on each of their clocks. Here <<<Sammy>>> showed that superiority in time trouble for which he is famous.">

-D.A. Yanofsky and H.J. Slavekoorde, "Battle Royal... A Round by Round Account of the Thrilling Contest for the World's Chess Title."

"Chess Life and Review" (April 1948), p.11

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