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Paul Keres vs Oscar Panno
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955), Gothenburg SWE, rd 12, Sep-02
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Poisoned Pawn Variation (B97)  ·  1-0


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May-30-04  AdrianP: A very striking final position. Black cannot move any of his pieces without losing serious material. Meanwhile White is threatening mate with Re8.
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  nasmichael: It is quite congested queenside at the final position for black. <AdrianP>, have you (or anyone else in the community) seen a game with such knotted-shoelace jostling in master games?
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  tpstar: <nasmichael> Compare to White's Kingside = B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971
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  InspiredByMorphy: If 31. ...Bd7 then 32.Rxc6!
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  nasmichael: <TPSTAR>--good example!
Oct-19-12  Xeroxx: pretty cool
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  FSR: It's too bad that White actually has a threat in the final position. If not, it would be a textbook example of zugzwang.
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  FSR: <InspiredByMorphy: If 31. ...Bd7 then 32.Rxc6!>

That would be a blunder in light of 32...Rxc6 33.Rxb8 Rxb6. White wins instead with 32.Rxb8 Nxb8 33.Rxc7.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Compare final position in V Small vs Panno, 1988. Also not a Zugzwang; in both cases, Black is just tied up an helpless against White's threats.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 is a better candidate for Zugzwang, since white will be forced to move Qh3 putting it en prise to a P. Here too, even if White could pass, Black could win by capturing all Q-side Ps with a N, but the inability to pass accelerates the loss considerably.
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  zydeco: Ouch. Panno had a gift for playing cramped, congested positions, but he really gets backed into a corner here.

Black's problems seem to go all the way back to 11....Nd7 (it looks like 11....h6 became standard in this position).

In retrospect, maybe black should have sacrificed a pawn with 15....Bd7 16.Nb6 Rb8 17.Nxd7 Nxd7 18.gxh6 Rxh6 although that's not exactly thrilling to play either.

Jan-07-16  WhoKeres: An incredible game, and Keres' greatest artistic achievement (IMHO), among many beautiful games.
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