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Paul Keres vs Vladas Mikenas
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 13, Mar-04
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  0-1


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  Phony Benoni: Keres and Mikenas had a long rivalry dating back to their days as top board for Latvia and Estonia in Olympiads and other team matches in the 1930s. The results were one-sided (12-2 for Keres, with 12 draws), but this game must have made up for a lot of Mikenas' grief; he tosses in little sparklers everywhere.

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First, there's <19...Bxg2>, with the point 20.Kxg2 Qa8+ winning the exchange. Some complications ensue, Mikenas picking up another pawn while simplifying into this position:

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Now <46...Ne3> gave White an impssible choice, since his "best" move was probably allowing the skewer with 47.Qxe3 Qa7+. Instead, he resignedly walked into a mating attack, concluded by the quiet <51...Kc8>.

It may not have been true in fact, but I prefer to think that Keres and Mikenas enjoyed each other's company.

Apr-30-15  hemy: Vladas Mikenas was born in Estonia. In 1930, he won the Estonian Championship.

His father Jonas Mikenas was Lithuanian. In 1931 Vladas Mikenas emigrated to Lithuania and since represented Lithuania (not Latvia).

In May 22-27 1931, he tied for 2nd–5th at the first Baltic Championship in Klaipėda still representing Tallinn, Estonia.

In July 11-26 1931 Mikenas played in 4th Chess Olympiad in Prague on first board of Lithuanian team (+7 –5 =6).

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