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Max Euwe vs Paul Keres
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), Hague NLD/Moscow RUS, rd 11, Apr-11
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Siesta Variation (C74)  ·  0-1


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Apr-26-05  Hidden Skillz: nice game.. by move 16 all of keres pieces r developed..
Sep-30-06  Open Defence: seems to be level pegging until Move 14.. maybe a slight plus for White but Black has a free game under not much pressure and certainly not as cramped as other Steinitz Deferred Games... but 15Nd2 seems wrong.. thats the problem... developing the Queen side.. maybe thats why Euwe tried Qf3xe3 to help get the Q side pieces out I wonder if he would have been better off playing 0-0 earlier and Bxe3
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<19...Bxf4!!> This tactical stroke is already decisive.

Question: Why didn't Keres move <19...Nxf4> instead?

May-06-09  DrGridlock: <Question: Why didn't Keres move <19...Nxf4> instead?>

Keres annotation of the game is:

"Black must avoid the other enticing sacrificial opportunity 19 ... KtxP; 20 PxKt, QxP, wince then White could force an exchange of Queens by 21 QK6ch, K-R1; 22 QKt-B3."

Rybka agrees, scoring Bxf4 as (-.66) and Nxf4 as (-.16). Rybka prefers the continuation Nh3 to gxf4 for white at move 20.

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  GrahamClayton: <Open Defence>but 15.♘d2 seems wrong..

<Open Defence>,
I agree - 15.♘f3 followed by ♘e5 blocking the Black bishop on d6 seems a better idea.

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