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A Karu vs Paul Keres
"Karu Cell" (game of the day Aug-27-09)
corr (1931)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit (D08)  ·  0-1
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Feb-17-05
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  patzer2: <Rogon> Good catch on 13. Nxd4!? cxd4 14.Qc6+ Kf8 15.Ne4 Bd5 16.Qc2 Rc8! (a definite improvement over 16...Qc8?!).

After this move, White will have a downhill struggle in the endgame, if he manages to survive that long. Looks like White needs to find an earlier improvement.

Maybe the best idea is to simply play the mainline 3. dxe5 as in Dreev vs Nakamura, 2005 and avoid 3. Nc3?! altogether.

According to the Chessgames.com data base, 3. Nc3?! was played seven times, with four losses and three draws. At best, it seems White gets only a difficult struggle for a draw with 3. Nc3?!, and that's not much of a recommendation for an early opening move.

Jun-14-05  schnarre: Another great by Keres!
Dec-24-08  WhiteRook48: didn't Dubois mate in this fashion, but with the White pieces?
Aug-27-09  slapshots101: 22. e4 was so bad
Aug-27-09
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  Phony Benoni: White's queen spends the whole game on a merry-go-round.
Aug-27-09
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  vonKrolock: <<<Other sources stops at <25...♖xe4> 0-1>>>

A Karu Aivi Karu. If Keres played <training> games with him in Estonia, besides of this <corr>, he arrived to be - hmm - not the last of the trainers

Aug-27-09  TheTamale: That's what Karu gets for waiting 22 moves to move his king's pawn!
Aug-27-09
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  eternaloptimist: <Phony Benoni: White's queen spends the whole game on a merry-go-round.> LOL Yes Phony, she definitely got some exercise in this game. It took me a little while to get this pun. I'm not used to playing over the Game of the Day @ ~8:30a. My caffeine hasn't kicked in yet. Karu Cell = carousel
Aug-27-09  YoungEd: What strikes me about White's play is that he refused to play e3 at a reasonable moment, fearing loss of castling priveleges. But the king gets stuck in the middle anyway! 9. e3 looks ugly, but might be better than the game continuation.
Aug-27-09
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  kevin86: Mated by a pawn on his home square-how humiliating for the white king
Aug-27-09
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  Once:


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In the final position, every one of black's pieces (excluding king and pawns natch) is en prise...

And yet white cannot prevent mate by a lowly pawn. The white pieces are a study in uselessness ... pinned, sidelined, undeveloped, powerless.

Great finish!

Aug-27-09
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  fm avari viraf: A very thrilling & exciting game where Keres with his tactical expertise finishes off in great style. My pun is "Keres caressess"
Aug-27-09  petrie911: How should Black continue after 22. bxc4? White seems to be able to put up a fairly good defense, and it removes Black's troublesome bishop.
Aug-27-09
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  SuperPatzer77: Instead of 25...Rxe4+, 25...Qc1+, 26. Qd1 Rxe4+, 27. Be2 Rxe2+, 28. Kf1!? Qxd2!, 29. Qxd2 (only move) Rxd2, 30. Ke1 Re2+, 31. Kd1 d2!, 32. bxc4 Rae8, 33. cxb5 Re1+ 34. Kxd2 Rxh1 (Black is two rooks up)

<Underrated> & <Patzer2> In my opinion, 25...Rxe4+! is much stronger and faster than 25...Qc1+ so, that's why the White Queen is deflected by the Black Rook on e4.

SuperPatzer77

Aug-27-09  RandomVisitor: 12.e3! Bxf1 13.exd4 Bc4 14.Qc6+ Kf8 15.Nge2 with a small white advantage.
Aug-27-09  mohitm: It is extremely instructive to see Keres developing his pieces at such a breakneck speed that Karu seems just lolling around with his queen.
Aug-27-09  WhiteRook48: ...Qa5+
Jan-30-11  gars: <patzer 2>; your tips to <chimusan> on Feb-16-05 seem very good and I'll give them a shot.
Apr-08-11
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  lost in space: hahahaha, lol.

What a game. Keres reminds me more and more at Morphy. Will have a look to Keres-Fisher games.

Jun-13-11  ahmadov: Played through this game while reading Keres' own book of "The road to the top" prepared by John Nunn for the English version... This is the first game annotated by Keres himself in that book... In his annotations Keres points to his opponent's mistake of not playing e3 in early moves... He also says that he hoped his opponent would blunder by playing 8.a3 which would be followed by b5, Nd4 and Bb3 for Black...
Jun-13-11  ahmadov: By the way, Keres played this game when he was 15 years old. It is very amazing to see that at that age he was playing such a game, especially given that he was livining in a small town with very limited access to chess books and learning materials... He himself writes in the abovementioned book that he started learning to play chess when he was 5 years old, but only very late he came to know about notations...
Aug-24-11  sevenseaman: The game got to have provided a POTD!
Oct-31-11  Tjm50: In Keres' book, this game ends with 25. Rd2, Rxe4+; 26. Resigns. The original english edition of this book was published in the early 1960s in 3 volumes hardcover. It was later reissued in 1972 in a 1-volume paperback by Arco, which I have. It's one of my favorite chess books, one of the best of all time. One of my other great favorites is "The Art of the Middlegame" by Keres and Alexander Kotov. Keres played a lot of corresp. chess in his early years, which is why I think his analyses are so brilliantly detailed and precise.
Mar-14-15
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  yiotta: This game raises the question, can such a beating over the chess board cause brain damage?
Mar-14-15
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  whiteshark: "I played a series of games with Karu where I often used the Albin countergambit. Black attempts to achieve a lively game for his pieces, which is a characteristic of most of my corr. games from the time.

<3. Nc3> Usually Karu chose to play 3. dxe5 here. The main line in this game is an experiment from his part, but is objectively less desirable than taking on e5."

http://www.chess.com/blog/gara2021/...

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