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A Karu vs Paul Keres
"Karu Cell" (game of the day Aug-27-2009)
corr (1931)
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit (D08)  ·  0-1
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Feb-16-05  mahmoudkubba: why not for white that he plays 7-Qxb7 instead of his move, also I can see that white is not moving the queen always as good as it should be. finally white could've solved the mystry and do not allow the black to take his back.. I agree with <soberknight> that white didn't made the best use of his queen..
Feb-16-05  Marvol: The whole game seems to revolve around the black bishop at c4. It moves there at move 8 and remains there, steadfast, no matter the turmoil around it. Even the attack by a lowly pawn at move 21 does nothing - the bishops just stands there for seven more moves, until the very end of the game.

Nice combination to finish it, too :-)

Feb-16-05  DexterGordon: <mahmoudkubba>, I'm guessing that White didn't like the look of 7.Qxb7 Nd4, which threatens mate at c2. (If 8. Qe4 then 8...Bf5.)
Feb-16-05  crippledpawn: In case anyone noticed the Killer Key Bishop for Black remains hanging for 7 moves!! Keres is one of the most underrated and misunderstood GM's of Old!! He did this without a single computer or massive game and opening database. You've got to hand it to the players of yesterday's games they really used, brains and hardwork to Master the Game of Chess.
Feb-16-05  poktirity: First Wednesday puzzle I have ever solved! :)
Feb-16-05  Legend: <JohnTal> The game ending in 25 moves is the correct score.
Feb-16-05  dac1990: Pretty one today. Got it.
Feb-16-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: A great finish-With all of the heavy pieces involved-it takes a (not so) lowly pawn to deliver the kill!

WE don't need no stinking promotion!

Feb-16-05  jkiipli: I saw the line given by <Cyphelium> <SimSim314> you may also want to look at it, but Keres' solution is much more elegant
Feb-16-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: A Karu - Keres Paul GM (EST) [D08]
corr corr, 1931
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.Nc3 exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qxd5 Be6 6.Qb5 a6 7.Qa4 Bb4 8.Bd2 Bxc4 9.a3 b5 10.Qc2 Nd4 11.Qe4+ Be7 <11...Ne7!? 12.axb4?? (12.Nf3=) 12...f5 13.Qe5 (13.Qb1 Bb3 14.e3 Nc2+ 15.Ke2 Nxa1 16.Qxa1 Bc4+ 17.Ke1 Bxf1 18.Kxf1 Qxd2+) 13...Nc2+ 14.Kd1 Nxa1+> 12.Nf3 c5 13.Rc1?! <13.Nxd4! cxd4 14.Qc6+ Kf8 15.Ne4 Bd5 16.Qc2 Qc8 17.Qxc8+ Rxc8 18.Ng3 Rc2 19.Nf5 Rxb2 20.Bc1 Rc2 21.Nxd4 Rc8 22.Bb2=> 13...Nf6 14.Qb1 Qd6 15.Nxd4 cxd4 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 00 18.Bf4 Qd8 19.Rd1 Bf6 20.Qf3 Re8 21.b3 d3 22.e4?! <22.bxc4!? Bc3+! 23.Bd2 Bxd2+ 24.Rxd2 bxc4 25.e4 c3 26.Rxd3 Qa5 27.Kd1 Rec8 28.Qe2 Rab8 29.Qc2 Rb2 30.Rxc3 Rxc2 31.Rxc2 Rd8+ 32.Bd3 (32.Kc1 Qxa3+ 33.Rb2 Rb8+) 32...Qxa3 33.Rd2 Qa1+ 34.Ke2 Qxh1+> 22...Bc3+! 23.Bd2 Qd4 24.Bxc3 Qxc3+ 25.Rd2 Rxe4+ 26.Qxe4 Qc1+ 27.Rd1 d2# 01

Observations:
(1) Black's best chance of holding the position seems to be with 13. Nxd4! (2) The decisive deflection combination appears to begin with 22. e4?! Bc3+!
(3) Though 22. bxc4!? puts up more resistance, Kere's still wins with 22...Bc3+!

Feb-16-05
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  patzer2: <chimusan> Welcome to chessgames.com. You requested a few tips:

(1) Start with a few basic books of basic middle game tactics and end game basics. Once you understand a little of this, then study games of the best players.

(2) Don't spend too much money on opening Books or too much time memorizing opening lines. A good general opening book will do for starters.

(3) Don't compare yourself too much to others or get too caught up in the competitive aspects, but instead try to measure your improvement by what you are learning about the game. And don't neglect a study of the history and culture of the game for your own enjoyment.

Feb-16-05  underrated: What happens after 25..Qc1+?
Feb-16-05
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  patzer2: <underrated> <What happens after 25..Qc1+?> It wins, but just takes a bit longer after 25...Qc1+ 26.Qd1 Rxe4+ 27.Be2 Rxe2+ 28.Rxe2 d2+ 29.Rxd2 Re8+ 30.Re2 Rxe2+ 31.Kf1 Qxd1#
Feb-16-05  GreenDayGuy: I really love mates with pawns. They show the true power of a pawn, even though they are rare. One of my favorite pawn mates is Albertson vs NN, played in New York, 1995. It really is a nice game, and maybe somebody should look for it 'hint hint.' It is well worth the search in my opinion.
Feb-16-05  GreenDayGuy: Sorry, I meant Alberston.
Feb-16-05  Rogon: Patzer: Your 13. Nxd4 is a major improvement, but black still has the upper hand after 13. .. cxd4 14.Qc6+ Kf8 15.Ne4 Bd5 16.Qc2 Rc8! A continuation could be: 17. Qd3 Nf6 18. Ng3 Bc4 19. Rc1 Bc4 20. Qf3 Qe8 21. b4 Bd6 22. Qf5 ... etc.
Feb-17-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: White's queen spends the whole game on a merry-go-round.
Aug-27-09  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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