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

There is a clue unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page!   [Official Contest Rules]
Please see this announcement for some updates.
(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Paul Keres vs Boris Spassky
"Keres Weight" (game of the day Mar-10-2018)
Spassky - Keres Candidates Quarterfinal (1965), Riga URS, rd 8, Apr-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 19 times; par: 33 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 26 more Keres/Spassky games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can learn a lot about this site (and chess in general) by reading the Chessgames Help Page. If you need help with premium features, please see the Premium Membership Help Page.

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


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Premium Chessgames Member
  bumpmobile: Does 25...Ng3 save the queen (only to lose the knight)? And <Vischer>, just out of curiosity do you know when the "Fischer Variation" got the name "Fischer Variation"?
Apr-19-04  Vischer: <Bumpmobile> No idea. Fischer didn't even play it that often, I don't know why it got named after him.
Apr-19-04  Kenkaku: Beautiful game by Spassly. We're also lucky that Keres didn't allow Spassky to get the draw by perpetual check (though it certainly cost him in the long run).
Feb-06-05  RookFile: I don't know why this is called the
Fischer variation. Offhand, I know
of the game Reshevsky - Alekhine
from the 1930's with the same opening,
and there are probably a dozen other
examples. Fischer wasn't even born
at that time.
Oct-28-10  say it with a smile: 18.d5! if 18..e5 then 19.Bb2 Black's
queen-side white squares are wide open.
And the queen-side knight might as well
not be there. Black has been squeezed
very hard. Great game by Kere. *Spassky
was one very tough opponent in the 60's.
Sep-19-11  Meister326: This was a great game by the genius Keres, who could have won the championship.
Oct-11-12  Gambit All: OK - someone please explain the ending...move by move if you don't mind
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: White's immediate threat is 26.Bf1. If Spassky had played on with 25....Ng7 to create a bolt-hole for the queen, ruination would have come from another quarter with 26.Be4.
Oct-11-12  Olavi: Or even 25...Ng7 26.Bxg6+.
Nov-02-16  Moszkowski012273: Definitely 26.Bxg6+...
Jan-01-17  cunctatorg: Happy new year! Imho Raymond Keen and then CG have recently adopted the name "Fischer variation" instead of the older "Saint Petersburg variation" (at least Alekhine and Nimzowitsch had played this variation -as Black- during the relevant 1914 famous tournament) or Kasparov's/Keen's BCO "Nimzowitsch variation" name!

I wonder who was the first player that had adopted that variation back at 1914; Aron Nimzowitsch or AAA?

Jan-01-17  cunctatorg: By the way a lovely attacking masterpiece by Paul Keres back at 1965, namely when I was just one year old and a certain (!!) Paul Keres just 49 years old...

For the history Victor Korchnoi (at the 1976 edition of his "Chess is my life", that is before Garry Kasparov's rise...) had stated that he considered the true masters of the attack to be Alekhine, Keres and Spassky, not a certain Mikhail ... whom he considered "a stereotyped attacker" ... because Korchnoi himself had been a miraculous defender!!

Well, at this very game Boris Spassky (who might be not in the same opinion with Victor the Terrible) did his best to secure a draw but he had to resign after Keres' 25th move!... Happy new year again!

Mar-10-18  weary willy: Please could someone explain the (presumed) pun "Keres weight"? As ever with these puns, a lot depends on how the originator has decided the players' names should be pronounced - I had understood that this was "Ke-rez".
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: "Carries Weight", a phrase with a lot of nuances. "That carries weight with me" might mean "It's important to me", or "You're making a good point", etc. When you want a person to do their fair share of a job, you'll tell them they need to carry their own weight. A lot of other similar usages.
Mar-10-18  weary willy: Thanks OCF - pun seems a bit of a stretch - but your point carries weight.
Mar-10-18  sfm: Two inconspicuous brilliant moves:
12.Rg1!! and 15.Rf1!!
After 17.f3 it is clear that White has all the fun. The rest of the game is Black being an overpowered boxer who still hangs around, hoping to hit with some lucky punch through a failing parade, that never comes.
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: the ending is the last two moves
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: then you get the final position
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: militarised heffalumps; france
Mar-10-18  dumbgai: Am I a dumb guy for pronouncing Keres as “keers”?
Mar-10-18  newzild: <<say it with a smile>: 18.d5! if 18..e5 then 19.Bb2 Black's queen-side white squares are wide open.>

After 18. d5 e5, 19. Bb2 d6 20. Qa4+, I wonder if Black can regroup with 21...Nfd7!? followed by 22...Ke7 and 23...Nc5, when the pawn structure might suit the knights.

Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: <dumbgai: Am I a dumb guy for pronouncing Keres as “keers”?>

Get out your bong and listen to this six times.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Keres Weight ~ Carries Weight? That seems like a silly pun. As you all know, I am very much opposed to silly puns.
Mar-10-18  Tomlinsky: Keresmatic?
Mar-22-18  tgyuid:
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
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?]
2 pawns to trap the Queen
from 53b_Middlegames: Positional Pawn Sacrifice by whiteshark
Game 7 in Winning Chess Middlegames by Ivan Sokolov.
from Hammer the 6th Rank (Black hits 3rd Rank) III by fredthebear
Greedy Openings 7
from Victory in the opening by rshyamk
Match Spassky!
by amadeus
by sleepyirv
Game 28 in Keres: Move by Move by Zenon Franco Ocampos
from 1960s- The Rise of Fredthebear & Fischer King by fredthebear
World champions lose miniatures 2.
by ughaibu
Game 92
from Veliki majstori saha 20 KERES (1916-1975) by Chessdreamer
The Road to the Top & The Quest for Perfection
by Bidibulle
March 10: Keres Weight
from Game of the Day 2018 by Phony Benoni
Game 40
from Quest for Perfection (Keres) by Qindarka
related + trapping the queen
from 87b_Attack the UNCASTLED KING by whiteshark
from Winning Chess Middlegames by jakaiden
Game 28
from Move by Move - Keres (Franco) by Qindarka
Reti63's Guess the Move Games
by Reti63
Trapping The Queen
from 30 Moves Or Less (1857-2018) by Rio Mike

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 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC