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Samuel Reshevsky vs Paul Keres
Semmering/Baden (1937), Semmering/Baden AUT, rd 6, Sep-16
Queen's Indian Defense: Capablanca Variation (E16)  ·  0-1



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Feb-17-04  shr0pshire: This Queen's Indian transposes into a Hedgehog formation. Keres was one of the pioneers along with Fischer, and Tal of the Hedgehog.

The Hedgehog gives Keres great counterattacking capabilities. All his pieces are very close, but are ready to attack at a moments notice. A great example of the hedgehog, and how it is supposed to be played in world class competition!

Aug-20-05  supertimchan: According to Kotov. At move 14, white has three possible plans.

A:) b4 and Qb3 with queenside pawn advance
B:) Nh4, if g6 then Qd2->Qh6, with f4 later
C:) Double on the d file and play the bishop to f3.

Personally I prefer plan B, playing on the kingside.

Jul-20-06  Maynard5: White's critical mistake here is 20. b4, which leaves the c4 pawn vulnerable. This becomes a problem after Black posts one knight on d6, attacking the c-pawn, and then posts the other knight on e6, aiming to occupy d4.
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  plang: This is a really pretty endgame by Keres. It is especially a good example of the danger of over-aggressive pawn advances. 8 Nc3 is more accurate with the idea of answering 8..Ne4 with 9 Qc2..Nc3 10 Ng5. Black could have equalized with 9..Be4. The 3 plans mentioned in Supertimchan's post were part of Keres analysis from his best games; Kotov was just quoting them. The exchanges initiated with 17 de do not work out well for white and are the first indication that Reshevsky overestimated his position. His "control" of the d file uis easily neutralised and his queenside pawns are a weakness in the endgame. 43..Nf6 is quite clever as after 44 Nb5..Nd5 black threatens 45..Ncb4+ 46 Ke2..a6 and 47..Nc3+. Rather than accept Reshevsky's pawn sacrifice with 45..fg Keres plays the pretty counter combination 45..e4+ which leads to an easy win. If 56 Rg3 then 56..Rc3+ wins.
Apr-13-10  xombie: Keres remarks about this in his book as a bad structure for black and offering no possibilities. But it seems to be good as a waiting structure. Not quite entirely a hedgehog proper I think.
Sep-20-10  fab4: So after 42.. Ne8! is Reshevsky lost?!

<plang> Yes 43.. Nf6 is very cute. Took me a while to see why taking on b5 is bad, and it's odd how white seems so powerless to stop all this after 44.Nb5.

After 44..a6 White is lost I think, there is just nothing he can do apart from sit and wait, whilst Black just strengthens and invades. But it's an endgame worthy of closer study.

Reshevsky drifted too much in the middlegame and found no decent posts for his knights. Keres' play after 29.Rd7 is world class.

Sep-20-10  fab4: As an afterthought instead of 45.g4 maybe 45.Na2 and then Nf1/e3 answering Nd5.. but it's all very passive and black must still be winning i think.
Oct-13-10  ozmikey: Wonderful endgame play by Keres (56. Rg3 Rxc3+! is a cute little finesse right at the end). He wrings blood out of a stone, big time.
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  perfidious: Even then, Keres had the reputation as a ferocious attacker and Reshevsky's was that of a positional player, yet the firebrand produced a masterly endgame.
May-08-21  tbontb: Reshevsky plays over-optimistically but 27....Ke7 is already slightly better for Black as the Q-file has been successfully neutralised. Later 34.cxb5 (34.c5 Nc4 seems better, if passive) is a crucial decision leaving only Black to take advantage of the open Q-side and weak b4 pawn. While 45....fxg4 is a strong continuation, Keres prefers a more positional approach. Similarly, 48....Nf3 49.Nf3 gxf3 is a quicker tactical solution but Keres again sticks to the plan and wins comfortably.

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