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Paul Keres vs Lev Polugaevsky
USSR Championship (1959), Tbilisi URS, rd 1, Jan-10
Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: Hard faught game. Polugaevsky stepped on a landmine with 15...Qxe4, which started white's longterm and dangerously looking initiative but he managed to handle it well and the position gradually simplified into a K+R+B+N+4P ending with opposite colour Bishops, which looked like an easy draw. Keres' last chance to play for win was his Pawn on d5, which became passed after some inaccurate moves of black allowing trade of white Knight for the Bishop on e5. It is hard to say where Polugaevsky made the decisive mistake but 47...Nd2 was definitely a bad move, which led to quick end. 47...Rb2+ would have allowed black to put far tougher resistence.
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  tamar: 47...Rb2+ looks like a draw, mainly because 48 Kh3 Nf2+ White's King cannot escape.

So, if instead of 47 f3, White could create a square for the King on h4, he might have enough to win.

Checking with Rybka, after 47 h5 gxh5 48 f3 Nxd6 (48...Rb2+ 49 Kh3 Ng5+ 50 Kh4 Nxf3+ 51 Kxh5 and wins due to mating threats and the d pawn) 49 Rxd6 and White should be able to hold onto the f and a pawn, as well as being a piece ahead. +3.69/24

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  perfidious: <tamar> While Black wins a piece after 47....Rb2+ 48.Kg1 Rb1+ 49.Bf1 Ng3, this isn't the end of the story: 50.Rc7 Rxf1+ 51.Kg2 Rd1 52.d7 will get the material back with interest and yield a winning ending.
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