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Paul Keres vs Alexander Kotov
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 22, Oct-10
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-02-06  nasmichael: I think draw games that have been fought out to their logical conclusion between strong players have a great deal of value. Young players play and enjoy themselves, and the exploitation of mistakes are emphasized to show them how to take advantage of their opponent's misstep--of course that idea is important. But to show them an example of two strong players giving it their best collective effort, and coming down to an endgame that, assuming each makes best moves, will be still even, after a good fight, allowing one to offer an "end to hostilities", is equally instructive. They might not initially make use of the idea, but rather to have the story in mind, that if you perceive that your opponent might be your equal, that a tie might be possible, and there is a battle within which you might find a peer, may change their perspective on battle in general.
Oct-30-13  zydeco: 18.Ndc6! I think this is quintessentially Keres' style: he plays a solid, correct opening, and then around move 15-20, assuming he has a slight positional advantage, he looks for a cheeky move, often some sort of tactical trick to thread his pieces into an opponent's position. (Aronian plays similarly) A good example is coming up with the idea that the c6 square is vulnerable -- if one of black's heavy pieces is lured to c6, then the c5 knight is pinned.

I'm surprised that white doesn't try 30.Rb8. 30.Rcb2 looks weak.

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