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Paul Keres vs Bent Larsen
Stockholm (1966), Stockholm SWE, rd 2, Dec-27
Van Geet (Dunst) Opening: Berlin Gambit (A00)  ·  1-0


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May-13-05  Hidden Skillz: thats one active king.. kinda early in the game
Aug-20-15  jerseybob: The Dunst Opening features 1.Nc3 for WHITE. This is a Nimzovich Defense, but I've never seen it so brutally beaten as Keres does to Larsen here.
Aug-20-15  Everett: Not so brutal in my eyes. Looks to me White had some uncomfortable moments.
Aug-20-15  jerseybob: Uncomfortable is not the same as really being in trouble. I think Keres foresaw every problem black would throw his way and had an answer ready.
Aug-20-15  Everett: So you think Keres and Larsen would agree that Black was brutally beaten here. Ok.
Feb-01-18  NeverAgain: This game was featured in the first volume of Sahovski Informator and annotated (sparsely) by Marič and Rudolf. The opening is indeed the Nimzovich Defence; by move seven it looks more like a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit sideline, though.

The annotators attach a "?" to 11...Nd4, after 12.Nxe4! (their exclam) giving the line 12...Nxe2 13.Bxa5 +-. Indeed 12...Nxe2 doesn't work since 13.Bxa5 threatens 14.Rd8# and Black thus loses a piece. However, 12...Qc7 ⩱ seems to be a clear improvement over Larsen's 12...Qd8 -- why voluntarily let your knight get pinned? -- and leaves the onus on White to prove his compensation for the pawn minus.

Besides the move actually played (11...Nd4) 11...Bg4 forcing 12.f3 also looked good. It seems that Keres was a little too eager to punish Black's unorthodox opening choice, and only Larsen's mistake on move 12 allowed White to get an upper hand.

Feb-01-18  Retireborn: <Never Again> My Larsen database has a different set of notes (by Ray Keene) and he gives 11...Nd4 a ?! (I think !? would be more appropriate), but he does recommend your 11...Bg4.

Re: Informator, I think Rudolf Maric would have been one annotator, not two.

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