Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Josef Rejfir vs Paul Keres
Moskva ol (1956), Moscow URS, rd 10, Sep-17
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Keres Variation (A23)  ·  0-1


explore this opening
find similar games 2,039 more games of Keres
sac: 17...Bd8 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you register a free account you will be able to create game collections and add games and notes to them. For more information on game collections, see our Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-29-05  Whitehat1963: Obviously, Keres knows how to play his own game. 17...Bd8! 40...Rg8! 56...Qg4+!
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: A position from this game was used on the cover of the English (Penguin) version of the Art of the Middle Game by Keres & Kotov. In the book Keres talks about adjournment analysis using this hame as an example. That chapter is more or less redundant, now.
Feb-07-12  zluria: This games seems to provide a rare example of a Keres error in analysis. He analyses the position after 46. ... Kxh6 out to a win in his book "The Art of the Middle Game", but Rybka's analysis shows that after 47. f4! followed by Kf2, White would in fact have a draw since any attempt to capture the f4 pawn leads to a strange perpetual check where the White Queen abandons the Black pawn to hunt the Black King.
Feb-07-12  drukenknight: the comments above are interesting as I quickly looked at the game it strikes me that 24 Rg4+ is stronger. no?

the situation on that side may go back earlier, I thought h6 should be played earlier instead of 00. Which if logic is correct when it is played the response shoudl have been 9 Bxh6; havent studied it but that's my hunch..

Premium Chessgames Member
  typhoonsub: It seems to me that there was an error on black's moves order. After 16. Nxc6 the strongest was 16...axb5! The point is that the knight on c6 remains attacked by de b7 pawn, allowing black to improve his position with a sequence of forced moves, leaving white in serious problems:

(1) 17. Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.Bf4 Bxe2 19 Qf5 (Qc2 Bxc4) bxc4

(2) 17.Ne5 Rc8 18.Ba5 Bd6 19. Nf3 Ra8 20.Be1 (20.Be2 Bg6 21.Qb3 bxc4 22.Qxc4 Ra4! 23.Qc1 Qxe2)20...Bg6 21.Qb3 bxc4 22.Qxc4 b5 23.Qb3 Qxe2

(3) the 'creative' 17.Na5 allows black to build up a strong kingside attack: 17... Qd7 18. Bxb7 (the lesser evil)Qxc7 19.Bxa8 Rxa8 20.Nb3 Bg6 21.Qd1 Ne4 22.Kh2 Bd6.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
A23 0-1 56
from Keres' Whirligigs Compiled by chocobonbon by fredthebear
Keres' Whirligigs
by chocobonbon
Passed and defended pawn
from Challenger of 48 Keres_125 by Gottschalk
64idi0t's flank_&_english_2
by 64idi0t
Game 51
from Art of the Middle Game (Keres/Kotov) by Qindarka
Art of the Middlegame
by Friedeggsof

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC