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Paul Keres vs Faltweber
"Falt Line" (game of the day Oct-22-2017)
corr (1932) (correspondence)
Zukertort Opening: Tennison Gambit (A06)  ·  1-0


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May-14-05  Pawsome: 6.... exf3? seems to give white an strong initiative that Keres quickly turns into a winning attack. 6...Qd4 looks like path Faltweber should have taken. If the game had begun life as a centre counter ( !. e4 d5 ) would Keres have played 2. Nf3?
May-14-05  Pawsome: I tried the line against "Little Chess Partner." The little fellow couldn't resist the pawn on c2 and paid as follows: 6...ef3 7. Qf3 Bc2?! 8. Qb7 Nbd7 9. Qc6 Bc5 ? 10. Nf7 Kf7 11. Qe6+ Kg6 12.Qf7+ Kf5 13. Rf1+ Kg4 14. Be6+ Kh4 15. g3+ Kg5 16.d4#
Apr-28-06  denopac: Gary Lane mentioned this line in his December 2005 ChessCafe column. IM Lane gives 6... Bc5! 7. fxe4 Bxe4! 8. Ncxe4 Nxe4 9. Nxe4 Qh4+ winning back the piece and Black is better. Unfortunately.
Apr-29-06  FICSwoodpusher: Would 7. ... ♘c6 be better than 7. ... c6 ?

if 7. ... ♘c6 8. ♘xf7 then 8. ... ♘d4

Nov-25-08  Nullifidian: There are several great checkmates in eight if Black plays 11. ... ♕xc5. In my opinion, the funniest one is 12. ♕xe6+ ♔g6 13. ♕f7+ ♔g5 14. h4+ ♔f4 15. d4+ ♔g4 16. ♗e2+ ♔g3 17. ♖h3+ ♔xg2 18. ♗f1+ ♔g1 19. ♗e3# It would have definitely given new meaning to the phrase “back rank mate”.
Aug-16-09  PinnedPiece: Score 28 Par 25.

I had some misplays. But I liked by 17th move...Scorer didn't.

Toga subtracted 2 points when I played 17.Bf7+, for which I merely gain black's queen, and mate is a little further away than what Keres managed (after 17.Re1+).

Ah well.


Jan-08-12  DrGridlock: <PinnedPiece>

I think you mean 15 Bf7+ (not 17).

I too played this in "guess the move" mode, and tried Bf7+, with disappointment when I lost 2 points (missing the mate in 4).

Upon further review, this does not win Black's Queen, since after 17 ... Kxf7, 18 Qxd8, black has 18 ... Bxc5+. The check is important, since after a king move, black retakes White's queen Rxd8.

Mar-29-12  David2009: <May-14-05 Pawsome: 6.... exf3? seems to give white an strong initiative that Keres quickly turns into a winning attack. 6...Qd4 looks like path Faltweber should have taken.>

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Fritz agrees with <Pawsome> that 6...exf3 is a mistake, and suggests 6...Nc6. If White recaptures the Pe4 immediately, Black wins the material back by the eventual check Qh4+ pointed out by <denopac> exploiting the vulnerable Bishop on c4. Worse is 7.0-0?? Qd4+. 7.Bb3 safeguarding the Bishop runs in to exf3 8. Qxf3 Qd4 when 9. Nxf7? is met by 9...Bg4!.

<If the game had begun life as a centre counter (1. e4 d5 ) would Keres have played 2. Nf3?> Shame that the gambit appears to be unsound - otherwise it would be a good surprise weapon.

Oct-22-17  sammysammy: I don't get it.
Oct-22-17  morfishine: Dumb game, Black might as well have played <12...Qxe6>.

Its like the game was a help-mate problem with Black happily cooperating in his own demise


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  catlover: Faltweber played like NN.
Oct-22-17  ColeTrane: as a 1.Nf3 player we'll be trying this....
Oct-22-17  Marmot PFL: Budapest w colors reversed, extra tempo for white. If black had that tempo (c5) he could play Qd7 and protect f7 and b7.
Oct-22-17  newzild: <morfishine>

It only looks "dumb" on the surface.

Look a little closer and you'll see beauty in the variations after 12...Qxe6 Nxe6!, when the Ra8 is imperilled.

Oct-23-17  vsiva1: Formula is keep on making possible check, when opponent is weak and finally win.
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  kevin86: A whole lotta shakin' going on!
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