|Jan-30-04|| ||Catfriend: Good god! That's an assault! <crafty> can you analyse the sacrifices here?|
|May-15-04|| ||Tigran Petrosian: Wow! |
|May-15-04|| ||poktirity: Nice game. But since I am a beginner I wonder if the flirting with blacks knight and white-squared bishop really was necessary? |
|May-15-04|| ||Gypsy: I can not find defensive nor offensive reasons for 22.b4 and 23.c5 either. According to Kotov, Keres was known for perfecting; sometimes even overdesigning his final blow (Think Like a GM). So pehaps a bit of an extra prophylactic prep?? |
|May-16-04|| ||Benjamin Lau: Interesting commentary Gypsy. It's not often one thinks of Keres playing prophylactically, and yet I can agree after looking at more of his games. He seems a very versatile player. Seirawan echoed Kotov's sentiment I believe. He said that Keres used to be a very strong tactical player when he was younger, but one without positional finesse. Keres later arrived at a point in which tactical expertise could take him no farther (according to Seirawan), and adopted correspondence chess to strengthen his strategic skills, becoming a force to be reckoned with at his peak. |
|May-16-04|| ||Gypsy: Thanks <Ben>. One of my backburner projects is to figure out how Keres constructed his games. My conjecture is that he fits into the cluster Alekhine-Keres-Spassky-Kasparov, but he seems to be the one who sticks out mosts, in the direction of the Morphy-Tal cluster. I just have not been able to quite put my finger on the essence of it.|
You may enjoy this quote from Vlasti Jansa: "During our games (w. Keres), I always had a feeling that I was playing against somebody who knew everything about chess."
In fact, reading now just a bit further, I see this: "Paul Keres also had some kind of hidden dynamic instinct... All attempts at activity by his oponents were usually eliminated by his fantastic foresight, a continuous magical prophylaxis; on the other hand, his chessboard operations were based on clear logic and deep calculations."
|May-16-04|| ||Dillinger: The bishop sacrifice appears to be unsound according to computer analysis, black makes at least 2 errors which let Keres stay in the hunt. black must have missed g6! completely. |
|May-16-04|| ||Benjamin Lau: Thanks for the quote Gypsy. I guess it takes one to know one, so Keres' ability to produce activity must have also given him a lot of insight into knowing how to eliminate it. |
|May-16-04|| ||iron maiden: <Ben> On an off-topic note, here's a game you might want for your blunder collection: Keene vs Botvinnik, 1966. |
|Sep-09-04|| ||Chessical: <18.Bxh6!?> looks promising; e.g:|
<Nxf2> (18...Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Nxf2 20.c5 Qg7 21.Ne7+ Qxe7 22.Rxd6 is better for White) 19.Qxf2 Bxh6+ 20.Kb1 Kh7 21.Rhg1 and Black's K is exposed to the next wave of the attack.