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Ratmir Kholmov vs Paul Keres
USSR Championship (1959)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack (B30)  ·  1-0
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  Sneaky: Did Keres see the Nxe7 sacrifice when he first played 10. d4?
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  Sneaky: Er, I meant to say did KHOLMOV see the sacrifice...
Aug-06-02  bishop: I think that Kholmov saw 13.Nxe7! when he was conteplating 12.Nc6! as 12....Qd7 is a very serious response. Whether he saw this when he played 10.d4 is a bit of a stretch. Incidently let me point out that 13....Qxe7 does not work because of 14.Nd5 Qb7 15.Nf6+ Bxf6(Ke7 Qd6 mate)16.exf6+ and wins. Also if 13....Qd1 14.Rxd1 Kxe7 15.Bg5+ Ke6 16.Rd6+ Kf5(Kxe5 17.Rd5+ Ke6 18.Re1+ 17.Be5 19.RxB mate)17.f4 and white has nothing better than 17....Ng4 returning the piece. Another point is White cannot play 16.Qxa8 because of ...Bb7 17.Qxa7 Qc6! followed by 18...Ra8 winning the queen.
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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game!
Nov-27-03  AdrianP: Both Damsky's and Tal's comments on 14 Bxh6 are interesting. Damsky's right, it does seem fairly counter-intuitive to get rid of the dark square bishop (and also exchange off material) which could be a powerful attacking piece. But Kholmov and Tal see that it is even more important to get the Q's rook onto the d-file, pdq. The sacrifice as a whole is 'Tal-esque' - the compensation is not obvious immediately but it is persistent.
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  acirce: <I think that Kholmov saw 13.Nxe7! when he was conteplating 12.Nc6!> Exactly, he must at least have seen it before 12. Nc6!! which makes it so much more impressive.
Dec-11-04  aw1988: Nxe7 is one of those mythical moves you can never believe could happen in a game.
Dec-20-05  Akavall: Amazing game!
Dec-20-05  stanleys: Brilliant game;teaches not to look at a given position superficially,but to search for all hidden ressources there.Kholmov vs Bronstein is another example
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  JustAFish: According to an interview on chessbase (apparently his last) this was Kholmov's favorite amongst his own games.

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  RookFile: I think 3...Nf6 was asking for trouble, but a strong player like Keres is entitled to play for a win. Usually such a player gets away with provocative play, but not here, Kholmov plays terrific.
Mar-17-06  Cerebrum Of Tal: Yes, and Tal while watching the game was very envious! He wished he was the one playing the white pieces instead of the great Kholmov...
Mar-18-06  Hesam7: <11... Nf5>
11... Nf5 12. Nxf5 [12. Nxc6? Qxd1 13. Rxd1 Bd7 14. Nb4 Bxe5 15. Ncd5 0-0-0 16. g4 Nh4 17. Nxe7 Kb7 18. Ned5 h5 ] 12... Bxf5 13. Qf3 Qd7 14. Bf4 0-0 15. Rad1 Qb7=

<13... Qxd1>
13... Qxd1 14. Rxd1 Kxe7 15. Bg5! [15. Nd5? Kd7 16. Nxb6 Kc6 17. Nxa8 Be6 18. Rd6 Kb7 19. g4 Rxa8 ] 15... Ke6 16. Rd6 Kf5 17. f4 Bxe5 18. Rd5 f6 19. Bxh6 Bb7 20. fxe5 Bxd5 21. Nxd5 Kxe5 22. c4 Kd6 23. Nxf6 Kc6 24. Re1

<17... Qb7>
17... Qb7 18. e6 fxe6 19. Nb4 Bd4 20. Rxd4 cxd4 21. Qf6 Kc7 22. Qe5 Kd8 23. Qxh8 Ke7 24. Qxh7 Kf8 25. Qxg6

Apr-14-06  jackmandoo: I LIKE this game.
Apr-16-06  EricCartman: ehm...ok
Apr-16-06  IMDONE4: Hesam, how did you come up with your analysis? Did you use a computer?
Jun-03-11  hedgeh0g: 12.Nc6!! was part of a very well-calculated combination.

Kholmov didn't fall for 16.Qxa8? Bb7 17.Qxa7 Qc6! with the double threat of mate and Ra8.

Aug-05-13  avidfan: As early as the 12th move White poses problems for Black with 12.Nd4-c6!

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  MissScarlett: <Probably my game with Keres in '59 was one of my best. After this game people asked me if it was all home preparation. Preparation! I thought for 50 minutes over the 12th move, from that moment on I had to thoroughly consider all the variations, as the knight couldn't move back. There's your preparation.> Quoted in Sosonko's <Smart Chip from St. Petersburg>
Dec-20-14  paramount: GOTD please!!!

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