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Paul Keres vs Mikhail Tal
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 9, May-16
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B49)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Feb-24-14
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  zydeco: The odd-looking 8....Bd6 seems to have been a novelty: black quickly trades off a couple pairs of pieces and then straightens out his development for an easy draw. Ivkov later improved with 13.fxe3 and Keres with 9.g3.
Feb-24-14  shivasuri4: Doesn't 9.Ndb5 win a pawn and obtain a good position for White after 9...axb5 10.Nxb5 Qa5+ 11.Bd2?
Feb-24-14
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  perfidious: <shivasuri4> The answer to your idea is 11....Bb4, when White cannot capture twice at b4 because of the ultimate pin against the rook at a1.
Feb-24-14  shivasuri4: Oh, that's a good interposition, I note. Thanks, <perfidious>.
Feb-24-14
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  perfidious: <shivasuri4> It is easy to overlook that the a-file has become open when one is analysing-then comes the rude awakening!

Time to show a faux pas of visualisation from my youth, though I was already over 1900:


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In this type of position, I believed I had caught my opponent, the late David Michael Lees, in a form of the Rubinstein Trap. Rude was the awakening when, after 1.Nxd5 cxd5 2.Bc7, David played 2....Bb4+, creating a bolthole for the queen. I resigned on the spot, for the shortest loss of my career (twelve moves).

Feb-25-14  shivasuri4: Ha, that's like a trap within a false trap. What would have happened after Nxe4? Doesn't your opponent just drop a pawn?
Feb-25-14
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  perfidious: In that precise position, yes; I just posted what I recall about the salient features. Actually don't remember the exact score, but the idea remains fresh, thirty-five years on.
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