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J McCormik vs Paul Keres
Vancouver (1975), rd 2, May-18
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  0-1


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Dec-30-11  King Death: White in this game was James McCormick, a.k.a. "Dirty Jim".
Sep-07-18  Boomie: Jim was a close friend back in my chess days. I also played in this tournament and got to watch the great Keres play chess. Even over 40 years later, I get chills.
Sep-07-18  Boomie: A casual glance at the game...

I would have played 9. Re1, preparing Bh1. If 9...Bxg2, 10. Kxg2 defends the white holes around the king. Notice that the finishing touch to the game would not have been decisive had the king been on g2 instead of g1.

White's strategy should probably have revolved around the half-opened c-file. White's pawn structure is golden until the knight invasion. After 9...Qxh3, Ng5 prevents black's Ng4 but otherwise accomplishes nothing. The knight seems more effective on e5 or f3. Ng5 is the result of Bxh3. White should have developed naturally with Rc1, Qc2, and pawn storm the queen side.

Sep-07-18  WorstPlayerEver: SF comes up with a killer draw variation:

9. Qb3 b6 10. Bg5 c5 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Qd5 Qxd5 13. Nxd5 Bxg2 14. Nxf6+ exf6 15. Kxg2 Nc6

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