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Paul Keres vs Werner Eberhardt Kunerth
corr ARG (1936), ?
King's Gambit: Accepted. Mason-Keres Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1
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Sep-10-07  frank124c: White's error was 3. Nc3. The correct move was 3.Nf3.
Oct-07-07  psmith: Should White resign?

Fritz 5.32 thinks it's better for White after 13. Bxh6 Rfe8 14. Kd3 Qh5 15. Qf4.

Nov-04-07
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  OBIT: <psmith>Hmm, very interesting. I'm wondering if this revives the supposedly inferior 6. Nxd5 in the 5...d5 line of the Steinitz Gambit.
Dec-06-07
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  hesyrett: <psmith> What does Fritz think about 13 ♗xh6 ♗xf3+ 14 ♕xf3 (or fxf3) ♕xh6, based on the idea that the threat (of ...♖he8) is stronger than the execution?
Dec-06-07
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  OBIT: <hesyrett>The check isn't much of a threat. After 13. Bxh6 Bxf3+ 14. Qxf3 Qxh6 15. Kf2 looks good, planning Be2 next. White has a clear advantage - he is up a pawn, has the better pawn structure, better control of the center, and the better minor piece. If Black plays 15...Qd2+, I think White can afford to give the pawn back to finish getting his pieces out: 16. Be2 Qxb2 (if 16...Rde8 17. Rab1 seems fine - keep the pawn and then play Rhe1, maintaining a solid position) 17. Rhb1 Qc2 18. Kg1, and I'd still rate White's position as clearly better.
Dec-07-07
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  hesyrett: <OBIT> I'm inclined to agree with your assessment, tho' I haven't checked it with any analysis engine.  Qualitatively, I'd thought Black's compensation for the pawn was his lead in development and greater ♔ security.  But if White manages to get his ♗ out, protect h2 (not so much because of the material value of the KRP as because he needs it for ♔ shelter), and finally connect his ♖s, he'll be winning.  Despite the half-open g-file, it's hard for Black to attack White's ♔ where it is.  As Black, I'd try (after 15 ♔f2) 15...♖he8 Δ ♖-e4-f4.  If White plays 16 ♗d3 to keep Black's R off of e4, then 16...♕d2+ might make sense, since 17 Be2 would lose a tempo over the line you suggested.  In any event, it's a mystery why Keres resigned!  Maybe he just lost interest in this postal game.
Dec-09-07
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  OBIT: <hesyrett>15...Rhe8 doesn't look that effective to me, since if ...Rhe4 is played next, I don't see why I can't just take it by Qxe4. So, I think I'll play 16. Rd1 first to take away ...Qd2, then plan on developing the bishop more actively - d3, c4, and b5 all look good like good squares for the bishop.

In fact, looking at this line makes me think there is no need to rush Kf2. Instead, I'm thinking, play 15. Rd1 so that I don't have to deal with the complications after 15. Kf2 Qd2+, and if 15...Rhe8+ Kf2 gets to the same position. By playing Rd1 before Kf2, White keeps the extra pawn and gives his bishop more options.

In the ...d5 line of the Steinitz Gambit, Nxd5 is supposed to be weak, but the analysis I see from psmith appears to call that assessment into question. The only alternative to Nxd5 is exd5, leading to hair-raising complications in which White can at best draw (well, the last I heard White draws if he doesn't make a risky try to win it). So, Nxd5 may be good for tournament play, giving White better winning chances with less risk. (Of course, if you are going to try the gambit, you need to be ready for ...d6 as well as ...d5 and also have something prepared for 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6.)

If you want to use a search engine to find an improvement for this game, I think you need to start after 9. Qd3. Maybe Black can do better than 9...Nf6. For example, one idea is 9...g5, preventing Bxf4 and leaving White with a difficult choice for his next move. Playing around with this position, one line I came up with goes 10. Bd2 Bg7 11. Re1 fxe4 12. Qxe4 Nf6 13. Nxf6 Bxf6 14. Kd1. It's a very messy position, but I don't think White is in trouble, and I like his pawn center.

Feb-23-08  gibbonsm: This particular version of the KGA is named after Mason who employed this opening against Rosenthal in Paris (1878). Oddly enough, Mason lost this game which was the first and only time he ever played it :-)

Keres employed this opening in the 1920's and 1930's during the course of correspondence chess. It is well known that Keres routinely played 150+ games of correspondence chess simultaneously.

7) d4? is incorrect. The correct move is 7) Nxc7+ Kd1 8)Nxa8 Ne5! 9) h3 Bxf3+ 10) gxf3 Qg3! and black forces a draw.

Mar-18-16
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  fearlessone: On move 6. ... Na6 I played to stop the fork on c7 and lost one point!
Mar-18-16
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  fearlessone: With 6. ... Nc6 7 Nxc7+ kd7 Nxa8 and now what for black? Nd4 Kd3 Nxf3 gxf3 Be6 Or Ne5 instead because h3?? Nxf3 gf3 Bxf3+ Kxf3 qh5 wins the queen. And d4 Nxf3+ gf3 Kf3 qh5+ again must be the trap so he avoids nxc7+
Mar-18-16
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  fearlessone: After Ne5 Qe1 not even help because of Nxf3 Qxh5 Nxh5 with check winning the piece and getting the exchange for the knight on a8.

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