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Paul Keres vs Samuel Reshevsky
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), The Hague NED, rd 8, Mar-18
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C71)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-17-08  Knight13: Something wrong with 22. Rfd1 ? Maybe even 22. Rcd1 ?
Mar-17-08  guaguanco: 22...Ne2+ is threatened.
Mar-17-08  Knight13: <guaguanco: 22...Ne2+ is threatened.> Thanks. (I miss this kind of move in OTB I'm quitting chess)
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  wwall: After 21...Nf4, not 22.Bxf4 exf4 23.Qxf4? Bg5, pinning the Queen and Rook and winning the exchange. Also, 22.Bxf4 exf4 23.Qf3 Ne5 24.Qe2 f3.
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  Pawn and Two: In the tournament book Golombek recommended 14.d4, indicating advantage for White after either 14...exd4 or 14...b5.

Fritz agrees 14.d4 is in White's favor, but indicates 14...Nb6 as Black's best reply: (.57) (21 ply) 14...Nb6 15.Bxc6 Qxc6 16.b3 0-0 17.d5 Qd7 18.Ne3 Bg5 19.0-0.

Fritz prefers the move 14.Nb4: (.78) (21 ply) 14...0-0 15.0-0 b5 16.Nxc6 Qxc6 17.cxb5 axb5 18.Bb3 Nb6, and White can maintain his advantage with 19.Rfc1 Qd7 20.Rc2.

The final position was approximately equal after either: 24...Ne7 25.Bxf4 Exf4 26.Qxf4, or 24...axb5 25.cxb5 Ne7 26.Bxf4 exf4 27.Qxf4.

After the move 24.b5, Reshevsky offered a draw, which was quickly accepted by Keres.

Reshevsky later told Golombek that he was very short on time (his clock read 2 hours 8 minutes, leaving a little over 1 minute per move to reach time control at move 40) and that he did not wish to risk anything at this comparatively early stage of the tournament.

Oct-25-09  AnalyzeThis: I think Reshevsky knew what he was doing and was wise to take the draw.
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