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Paul Keres vs Craig Norman Barnes
"Barnes and Noble" (game of the day Jan-05-2018)
Vancouver (1975), Vancouver CAN, rd 3, May-19
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0
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Jan-05-18
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  offramp: A game from Keres's last chess event. A straightforward win.
Jan-05-18
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  Phony Benoni: Rather fitting that the amazons play no significant part.
Jan-05-18
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  perfidious: Larsen would doubtless have approved: d4 is played very late and the centre opened to White's advantage on his terms.
Jan-05-18  RookFile: Was Keres bluffing with 16. axb4? One might expect someone such as Emanuel Lasker to mix it up with 16....Qxa2 !? which unbalances the game.


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17. Ra1 and now:

A) 17....Qb3 18. Nc1 Nxe4! 19. dxe4 Qc4 20. bxc5 Qxc5=

B) 17.....Qb3 18. Ra3 Nxe4! =

Maybe black should take that bishop?

Jan-05-18  goodevans: A game that is unlikely to live long in the memory.

And just what is the relevance of the "and Noble" in the pun?

Jan-05-18  clement41: If 16...Qxa2 (which can be played provided black foresaw the resource ...Nxe4! to Dave his queen), then 17 Ra1 and either 17...Nxe4! with a balanced game or 17...Qb3 and here either 18 Ra3 or 18 Nc1 Nxe4! =. However trying to trap the queen with 17 Qc2 taking away b3 and a4 is too slow due to either 17...e5 or 17...c4/18...cxd3
Jan-05-18  Chesstorian72: Pathetic pun,just because his last name is Barnes.
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  thegoodanarchist: < goodevans: A game that is unlikely to live long in the memory.

And just what is the relevance of the "and Noble" in the pun?>

Keres is considered chess nobility, having been one of the top players of his time.

Jan-05-18
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  MissScarlett: Also references Keres's patrician visage, magnanimity of character and the enduring suspicion that the Soviets nobbled him during the 1948 World Championship.

The pun in toto might also allude to Keres's reputation as a great openings expert, i.e., he was heavily booked up.

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  ChessHigherCat: <clement41: If 16...Qxa2 (which can be played provided black foresaw the resource ...Nxe4! to save his queen)>

I think 16. Qxa2 Ra1 17. Qb3 Nc1! works, too. Then if Nxe4 as suggested by <Rook File> Rxe4 and the Queen can't escape to c4.

Jan-05-18
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  ChessHigherCat: The puns are sinking to new lows. Even "Barnes storming" would be better. "Barnes ennobles" would make sense if Keres had earned a knighthood for this game but I rather doubt it.
Jan-05-18  ramanaji dhulipati: http//d pawn belongs to white dominated the endgame position
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  Check It Out: Kings are nobility and at the end Barnes is down to just his king and a few scraggly peasants.
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  keypusher: <Rookfile

B) 17.....Qb3 18. Ra3 Nxe4! = >

Ooh, I didn't see that. Maybe Keres didn't either?


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I think 34.Bd5 Bxd5 35.Rxb6 is gorgeous. And the pun seems good to me...

<The pun in toto might also allude to Keres's reputation as a great openings expert, i.e., he was heavily booked up.>

No doubt, but in this game and Keres vs D Allan, 1975, he was anything but.

Jan-05-18  newzild: <ChessHigherCat: <clement41: If 16...Qxa2 (which can be played provided black foresaw the resource ...Nxe4! to save his queen)> I think 16. Qxa2 Ra1 17. Qb3 Nc1! works, too. Then if Nxe4 as suggested by <Rook File> Rxe4 and the Queen can't escape to c4.>

Unfortunately, White cannot recapture on e4 with his rook because he moved it to a1.

Jan-05-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <Rook File: 17. Ra1 and now:

A) 17....Qb3 18. Nc1 Nxe4! 19. dxe4>

No, 19. Rxe4 (the knight isn't on e2 anywmore) and Q can't escape to c4 (sorry about that)

Jan-05-18
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  GrahamClayton: <Phony Benoni>Rather fitting that the amazons play no significant part.

<Phony Benoni>
Very clever - Amazon is an online book seller, similar to Barnes and Noble.

Jan-05-18  Eduardo Leon: <ChessHigherCat> Just like the knight isn't on e2 anymore, the rook isn't on e1 anymore.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Eduardo Leon> Ah, you're right, sorry about that!
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  Boomie: <what is the relevance of the "and Noble" in the pun>

Possibly an obscure reference to Barnes and Noble book stores.

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