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Vladas Mikenas vs Paul Keres
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 6, Oct-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: General (E20)  ·  0-1
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Aug-08-03
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  chessgames.com: This is the correct score of a game being recently discussed.
May-19-04  Reti Incarnate: Cool game huh? It's kinda rare for a Nimzo-indian to be this short. Probably because of the quick transposition to a Benoni pawn structure around move 7. From then on, black kicks arse!
Oct-30-04  fgh: 14. ... Rxe2+!!
Apr-25-05  Marvol: Well, 8. g3 was not the best idea... 8...b6! immediately capitalises on the appearing weakness that is called e2.

From there on it is down the hill for white.

Jul-30-07  syracrophy: 14...♖xe2+!! <Destructive sacrifice! The compensation will become clear in a couple of moves> 15.♔xe2 ♘e5 16.♔d1 <Offering the queen is also insufficient: 16.Bxg5 Bxd3+ 17.Qxd3 Nxd3 18.Kxd3 Qd7! 19.Bxf6 Qf5+ and Black has enough advantage to decide the game> 16... ♗xd3 17.♕a4 b5 18.♕a6 <Useless now is 18.Qb3 Nfg4 19.Be1 Qf6 20.Kc1 <20.Qb2 Nc4 > 20...Nxf2 21.Rg1 Bc4 22.Qb1 Ned3+ 23.Kd2 Re8 24.a3 Qe5 with mate in a few moves> 18...♕d7! <Now the queen is ready to work on both flanks, to attack the white king or to hunt the White queen> 19.♔c1 <If 19.Qa3 Qg4+ 20.Kc1 Bg6 and 21...Qf5 with a winning attack> 19...b4 20.♕a5 a6! <Closing the queen's path, avoiding any resistance> 21.cxb4 <21.Qb6 Qa4 and mate on c2; 21.Bxg5 Nc4> 21...♘c4 <The White queen has been trapped, so Mikenas decided to resign> 0-1
Jul-30-07  syracrophy: Keres Mikenas
Moscow, 1949

1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♗b4 4.♕d3? <A dubious experiment, that is in fact, a bad way of developing the queen. White had a lot of better options: 4.e3, 4.Qc2, 4.g3, 4.f3, 4.a3, 4.Qb3, 4.Bg5 and 4.Nf3> 4...c5 <Another good option is also 4...d5> 5.d5 O-O 6.♗d2 <White has to mantain his pawn on d5, because a mistake would have been 6.dxe6? fxe6 and now Black has the f-file open, with iniciative> 6...exd5 7.cxd5 d6 8.g3? <This will weaken the e-pawn that is on an open file. Indicated was to consolidate the center with 8.f3 Re8 9.e4> 8... b6! <Excelent reply. From a6, the bishop will focus the power on the e2-pawn> 9.♗g2 ♗a6 10.♕c2 ♘bd7 <Not the best. More precise was 10...Re8! to avoid the developing of the knight> 11.♘h3! ♖e8 12.♘f4 ♗xc3 13.bxc3?? <A serious blunder that ignores the following sequence. It was necessary to play 13.Bxc3 <To protect the e2-point> 13...Qe7 <Now bad is 13...g5? 14.Nd3 followed by 15.0-0> 14.h4! Ne4 15.Bxe4 Qxe4 16.Qxe4 Rxe4 17.f3 and Black's advantage has disappeared. Now the game follows a more violent course...> 13...g5! 14.♘d3 <And now...>

Aug-31-10
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  GrahamClayton: Instead of a King hunt, Mikenas is subjected to a Queen hunt, with the Queen eventually being trapped.
Aug-11-14  capafischer1: Great tactical game. Re2+ was the star move which was followed by a king hunt.
Nov-21-14  SpiritedReposte: Both an attack on an uncastled king and a queen trap. ...a6 would be a tricky puzzle.
Mar-11-15
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  whiteshark: <6 Bd2?!> isn't sufficiently challenging, and <6...exd5 7.cxdS d6 8.g3 b6! 9.Bg2 Ba6 10. Qc2 Nbd7> gave Black a pretty comfortable Benoni-type position.
Mar-11-15
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  hemy: Vladas Jonovich Mikenas was my coach for many years. We also played together for Lithuania team in 1967 Soviet union team championship. His father's name wasn't Ivan, it was Jonas.
Open the page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladas... and change language to Lithuanian (click on "lietuviu"). You will found under his photo: Tevas (father) - Jonas Mikenas.
Mar-12-15  Retireborn: <hemy> Did he have interesting stories about Alekhine, Capablance, Tartakower etc?
Mar-12-15
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  hemy: <Retireborn>I will post about Vladas Mikenas on his page Vladas Ivanovich Mikenas
Mar-12-15
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  perfidious: <Reti Incarnate> and <Retireborn> commenting on the same game is vastly amusing.
Mar-13-15  Retireborn: <perfidious> Two Retis, like two bishops, are better than one. They're twice the fun :)
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