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Paul Keres vs Vladimir Alatortsev
USSR Championship (1950), Moscow URS, rd 5, Nov-17
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense McCormick Defense (C35)  ·  0-1


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Feb-05-04  Whitehat1963: Who is this guy and why is he kicking Keres butt?
Feb-05-04  technical draw: A pretty good player, I guess. He also had Bronstein's number.
Aug-24-05  Resignation Trap: According to my source, Keres dragged this game out to move 33, but, despite this loss, he still won the tournament.

19. c3 Na5 20. R1xe2 Bxf2+ 21. Rxf2 Nxc4 22. Qxc4 c6 23. Nb4 Bxf3 24. Rxf3 Qb1+ 25. Kh2 Qxb2 26. d5 a5 27. Nd3 Qxa3 28. Rg3 Qd6! 29. Qd4 g6 30. c4 cxd5 31. cxd5 f5! 32. Nc5 b6 33. Nb7 Qc7 0-1.

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  wwall: Perhaps 16.Bd5, and if 16...Rae8, then 17.Qb3.

Perhaps better is 17.Ne4

If 18.Rxe2, then 18...Rxe2 19.Qxe2 Nxd4 20.Qf2 Nxf3+ 21.gxf3 c6 22.Nc3 Qg5+ 23.Kh1 Qf4 24.Be2 Bg6, and Black should win.

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  Phony Benoni: I wonder if this was a case of opening preparation gone awry.

Keres didn't use the King's Gambit often at high levels, but one example was a dashing win in the Falkbeer Counter Gambit against Petrov in the 1940 Soviet Championship.

Alatortsev, in two previous Soviet Championships, had lost quickly using the Falkbeer against Bronstein and Tolush.

The equation was obvious, but chess is not just mathematics.

Jan-16-12  King Death: <Resignation Trap> Here's a source that verifies your score of this game.

For Keres to lose in under 20 moves made for nice theater but it apparently didn't happen in this game.

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  perfidious: < technical draw: A pretty good player, I guess....>

That he was, despite Fred Reinfeld's dismissive remarks on him in Botvinnik The Invincible.

Submitted a correction for the score, per <Resignation Trap> and <King Death>'s kibitzes.

Feb-08-13  technical draw: Thanks <perfidious>, and I waited only 9 years for a reply!
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  TheFocus: <TD> Count yourself lucky.

45 years ago, I asked my Dad why the sky was blue. He said he would get back to me.

Alas, he took that secret to the grave with him.

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  TheFocus: I think that is the first time I ever used the word "alas" in a sentence.
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  zydeco: <wwall> 16.Bd5 seems reasonable although it sort of concedes an advantage for black. Maybe 16....Kh8 and black continues to strengthen his position.

The problem with 17.Ne4 is 17....Kh8 and white isn't threatening to take on e4 because of 18....f5. If white does nothing black just pushes the f-pawn. I was tempted by 18.Nfg5 but, again, 18....f5 looks strong. Still, your move is better than what Keres did.

I think Keres' main problem was in the opening. He didn't find 9.Qe1 (with the point 9....Qe7 10.Ng5!). He isn't able to regain the pawn after 9.Nc3 and his position deteriorates rapidly. You really don't want to make a move like 12.a3 when you're a solid pawn behind.

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  perfidious: <td: Thanks <perfidious>, and I waited only 9 years for a reply!>

Just warming up in the bullpen, don't you know. (laughs)

Oct-30-17  Morphried: After Black's 8th move (8...Bxd6) there appears to be two statistically better 9th moves for White, according to Either 9. h3, with a 50% win likelihood for White, or 9. Qe2+, with a 40% win rate for White.
Jan-20-18  Grandma Sturleigh: <<TheFocus> I asked my Dad why the sky was blue.>

Rayleigh scattering: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.ed...

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