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Paul Keres vs Janis Vilkins
corr (1932), ?
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Gambit Zukertort Defense (C25)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Honza Cervenka: This Steinitzian royal stroll by Keres could have ended pretty bad. After quiet 11...Bh5 black theatens to play g5 and white Knight cannot retreat on f3 for Bg6#. White has no good defence against it. For example 12.Bxf4 loses a piece after 12...Re8+ 13.Be5 Nf6+ 14.Nxf6 gxf6 15.Bb5 fxe5 16.d5 Rd8 17.dxc6 Rd4+ and 18...Rxh4. Also 12.Nxf4 is not sufficient for 12...Re8+ 13.Kf5 (13.Kd5 Bf7+ ) 13...g6+ 14.Nhxg6 hxg6+ 15.Nxg6 Nxd4+ not only with decisive material advantage, but with a mating attack. After 12.Bb5 black can continue with 12...Rxd5 and if 13.Kxd5, then 13...Nf6+ 14.Kc4 [14.Ke6 Bg4+ 15.Nf5 (15.Kf7 Nd8#) 15...Nxd4+ 16.Ke5 (16.Kf7 Bh5#) 16...Nxf5 17.Kxf4 Bd6+ with a mate in few moves.] 14...Be2+ etc.
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  Honza Cervenka: 14.Kf5 should have lost the game. 14.Kg6 was necessary. Black missed 14...Bh5! (threatens Nxd4#) 15.c3 (or 15.Be3) 15...Nge7+ 16.Nxe7+ (16.Ke4 Nxd5+ 17.Kxd5 Bf7# or 17.Kf5 Rhf8#) 16...Nxe7+ with a mate in 2 moves.
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  OBIT: Keres tried 8. c3 in a 1935 postal game and was crushed in 12 moves:

Keres vs W Kunerth, 1936

Oct-07-07  psmith: <OBIT> See my comment on that game. It's not clear White is losing in the final position.
Oct-07-07  psmith: <Honza Cervenka> Even after 14. Kg6 White is lost, as indicated by analysis with Fritz 5.32: 14... Nge7+ 15. Nxe7 Nxe7+ 16. Kxg7 Reg8+ 17. Kf6 Rf8+ 18. Kg7 Rhg8+ 19. Kxh6 Rf6+ 20. Ng6 Rgxg6+ 21. Bxg6 Rxg6+ 22. Kh7 Bxc2 winning.
Oct-17-12  blackburne: No Wilkins. Black is Janis Vilkins
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