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Paul Keres vs Boris Spassky
Spassky - Keres Candidates Quarterfinal (1965), Riga URS, rd 10, Apr-23
King's Indian Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Normal Attack (E77)  ·  0-1


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  Calli: The critical last game of a quarter-final candidates match. Spassky was leading 5-4. 20.Nb5? Analysis showed that 20.Nd1 gives white good chances. Then 23.Bf1? gives black the win. 23.Bd3 supposedly holds. A last gasp for an aging Keres at the WC. Spassky went on to defeat Geller and Tal before losing to Petrosian. Still, an impressive run by Boris.
Jan-05-04  nikt: what about 19 Bb5 - given back rook for knight to keep extra-pawn?
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  Honza Cervenka: <nikt> It is not bad idea. For example 19.Bxb5 Nxf1 20.Rd1 Nd5 21.Bxf1 looks quite reasonable. If 21...Qg8, then 22.Qxc5 Nxc3 23.bxc3 Bxa2 24.Rd7 with clear advantage. Also 21...Rxf3 22.gxf3 Qg5+ 23.Kh1 Bxc3 24.bxc3 Nxc3 25.Re1 is not very promising for black.
Apr-27-06  notyetagm: 28 ♕xb2 runs into 28 ... ♖xf3, unmasking the Black g7-bishop with a forcing move (a capture).
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  perfidious: <nikt> Objectively, 19.Bb5 isn't bad, but Keres was behind 5-4 and needed a win in this game to stay alive in the match, and may well have believed 19.Rf2 offered better chances, though the way White's game got entangled, I don't like his position. Easy for us to say, though, at home!
Mar-11-13  Everett: Of note is how Kasparov and Keres played their respective "must win" games. This game from Keres is similar to the one vs Smyslov Keres vs Smyslov, 1953 where he plays the entire game on its head. Whereas Kasparov's Game 24s in '85 and '87 were models of control, where tension was kept for some time. Keres seems to be in such a rush.
Mar-11-13  RookFile: An excellent observation - Keres seemed to fire his guns too soon in these outings.
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