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James Bernard Adams vs Raymond Keene
Eastbourne (1963)
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  0-1


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  Sneaky: Great notes by Keene! I especially had to chuckle when I read <Better was 14 Qxd4, but White is obviously under the mistaken impression that he is attacking.>
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  Chessical: As GM Keene states 12.e5 "weakens the central light squares", but as O'Kelly vs Filip, 1961 shows there may also be problems with the defensive set up.

12.Nb3 Qc6 13.Bd4 13.Na5! (which seems better than O'Kelly's move) Qc7 14.Nxb7 Qxb7 15.f5 with an attack.

Perhaps a small centre with <9...d6> is a possible alternative?

Mar-31-05  prinsallan: I agree deeply with Sneaky.
Had to hold back not to laugh out loud here
at work: "Better was 14 Qxd4, but White is obviously under the mistaken impression that he is attacking." -Raymond Keene... Will probarbly be a classic that people talk about for centuries to come ^^
Aug-15-05  tamirante: Great game. Truly a classic!!
Aug-15-05  EmperorAtahualpa: A little harsh towards his opponent wouldn't you say?
Apr-18-06  TenFeetTall: Once again, an amazingly crisp, thematic, and focused game by Keene. It's amazing that Keene is not charging us all for this, by the way. OK, now why can't the rest of us do this, just play incredibly focused and THEMATIC Chess? Focusing in like a laser on the various KEY themes...? Well, quite frankly, a lot of it is
just considering certain KEY moves,
which would really never occur to the vast majority of players. Now here, I'm thinking of 12...Bc5!!, of course the majority of us being loathe to give up the bishop like this, after which everything appears to flow beautifully for Black. So again, it's also a process of
seperating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak. Of identifying the RELAVANT from the irrelevant. Simple, yet demanding! (any condtradiction there?)
Apr-18-06  TenFeetTall: OK, now let's go back here just a moment, since it is VITAL to learn about Black's maneuver of 9...Na5-c4 by COMPARISON with say...Oh, I don't know...Lasker-Pirc? And perhaps again, Nunn-Sokolov, where Sokolov was excoriated by fellow Russians for foolishly repeating Lasker-Pirc. Why does the maneuver of 9...Na5-c4
work in Keene's game here, and not in these two other cases? And you're lucky I'M not charging for this!
Apr-18-06  TenFeetTall: OK, these opening moves are close,
VERY close, to Nunn-Sokolov, and yet Keene isn't getting punished here. He's WINNING! What's going on?
It looks as if - in place of Sokolov's moves of ...d6 and ...Be7?, that Keene has merely substituted
...b5 and ...Bb7! (covering the d5
square! - remotely possible to even
answer f5 with ...e5, for ex.).
But for Nunn and Lasker's 0-0!
(quick development) Keene's opponent has here substituted a3? Are these marginal differences
really enough to make the usually
prohibitive ...Na5? and ...Nc4
Apr-18-06  TenFeetTall: Apparently, after 12 f5 Bc5! 13 fxe6 dxe6! ( 13...fxe6? 14 Qh5+) gives Black an OK position, maybe even . So, contrasted with Nunn-Sokolov, not locking in the bishop with ...d6 helped. It enabled ...Bc5!, which apparantly roots White's queen to d1 (it was flying all over the place in Lasker-Pirc and Nunn-Sokolov because White wasn't dumping his d4-knight right away). Marginal...MARGINAL, Keene! Yet it seems to work...
It is DYNAMIC Chess, kids. Dynamics...and dynamite!
Mar-29-07  Manequinho: I always play the Taimanov variation, and my focus is attacking white's g pawn when its king has castled. That's the first time a see such pattern in this variation (the rook on g8 and the bishop on b7) in a high level game. Great!
Feb-26-09  Amphetryon: What would happen with 25.Nf6 to fork the Rooks and N and invite N exchange?
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  ray keene: black just takes the knight then crashes in via g2
Apr-21-09  YoungEd: I don't think I've ever seen such a concentration of force on a single square like that! Fun game, and helpful notes!
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  ray keene: just revisiting this game i noticed the o kelly-filip reference -with 12 Nb3. anyone checking out this game can easily see that it was a pre-arranged draw.after 12 Nb3 the reply... Qc6 is ridiculous since white can immediately respond with Na5! of course after the feeble retreat 12 Nb3 black shd simply reply with 12...Qc7, safeguarding his QB and preparing to develop his king side .
Aug-28-12  Cibator: For another example of the entire Black army battering down the White king's door, have a look at:

Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953

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