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Paul Keres vs Vladas Mikenas
6th Soviet Team Cup (1968), Riga LAT, rd 6, Dec-17
Alekhine Defense: Scandinavian Variation (B02)  ·  1-0


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  wordfunph: 22.Rxb7+! donating a piece for a torrid attack.
May-03-12  Anderssen99: In one of his books Keres wrote that before embarking on his superb combination he felt, when the critical position was reached, that his talent was being challenged and he wanted to find out whether he was still able to make deep combinations (He was 52 when he played this game). It turned out that he was still able to do so. This is Keres' immortal combination and one of the prettiest in the history of chess.
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  GrahamClayton: Mikenas accepts the offered piece after 16.exf6, as lines such as 16...♘xf6 17.♗xf6 gxf6 18.♕h5+ leave him with an exposed King in the line of White's developed pieces.
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  NM JRousselle: Anderssen99, that's a rather comical comment by Keres. He was 6 years younger than his opponent!
May-07-12  Anderssen99: NM JRousselle: Keres was undoubtedly a chess genius and was in no need to promote himself or to get indulged in "Commerce". What he wrote about testing his tactical skill is valid since it is known that tactical ability weakens gradually after 45. Let's keep in mind that Keres beat Alekhine in 1937 in a miniature (The year in which Alekhine regained the chess crown) and also beat Capablanca at AVRO 1938, not to mention his numerous wins against chess giants such as Botvinnink in 1948 and 1956 (When the latter was world champion), Bronstein, Reshevsky, Gligoric, Spassky, Petrosian, Fischer (He was 27 years younger than Keres). The term "commercial" is too harsh when speaking about Keres who was liked by all his friends and whose death was (To quote Botvinnik) "...the greatest loss to chess since the death of Alekhine".
May-07-12  balzarius: Keres's swan song.This is probably the most memorable game from his final years.At that point,the Estonian genius was declining at a pace similar to Alekhine's in his 50s.
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