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Herman Pilnik vs Paul Keres
Amsterdam Candidates (1956), Amsterdam NED, rd 12, Apr-18
Spanish Game: Closed. Martinez Variation (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-26-07  Cibator: Note that White declines the P-offer made by 14. ... b5. After 15.cxb5 axb5 16.Qxb5 c6 17.Qe2 Nxb3 regains the P and Black is attacking.

White can try to retain the P with 17.Qb4, but his Q is then in peril after 17. ... c5 18.Qb5, when Black has 18. ... Qc7 (or e7) threatening ... c4 followed by ... Rfb8. (The immediate 18. ... c4 seems to fail against 19.b4 Nb3 20.Bxb3 cxb3 21.a4.)

As played in the game, Black had succeeded in activating his QR.

[Analysis by G Abrahams in "Test Your Chess", Constable, London, 1963.]

Dec-26-07  Cibator: Black's odd-looking 24. ... Qh6 prepares a K-side break with ... f5. White's counter, starting with 27.Nc2, is very interesting.

If 30. ... Ne4 (instead of ... f4), there follows 31.Bxe4 dxe4 32.d5! threatening mate by Qb2 as well as the Be6. After 32. ... Qf6 33.dxe6 d5 the position is unclear, but White has more attacking chances.

In the game, Black could have played 32. ... f3, although White has either 33.Qb2 or Qe7 in reply.

And had he snatched the offered R with 33. ... Qxc3?, there would have followed 34.Re7 Bg8 35.Qf5 with a winning attack.

[Analysis by Abrahams, op cit.]

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