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Arthur Bisguier vs Paul Keres
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 3, Sep-05
Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10)  ·  1-0



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  GrahamClayton: According to contemporary reports, Bisguier was very nervous, as it became clear that he was going to defeat his chess idol.
Jan-10-12  Caissanist: Bisguier wrote in his obituary for Keres that "he was not particularly proud of the game." His recollection that he won by not doing very much, leaving it to Keres to try to win with black; Keres took a lot of chances, ran short of time, and was unable to hold the draw.
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  GrahamClayton: <Caissanist>,
Here is Bisguier's comment about the game from "The Art of Bisguier - Selected Games 1961-2003"

"I resolved never again to play so cautiously against him. So what if he out combined me at Tallin 1971, and went on to win the tournament? I had the satisfaction of letting Keres show me what he could do."

BTW, this loss was Keres' only defeat in the Bled tournament.

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  Penguincw: Even after winning this game, he still has a minus record against Keres. At least it's nice to ink out at least one win.
Apr-26-12  Caissanist: Bisguier's comments and annotations for this game (from the aforementioned book) are online at Chesscafe: .
Apr-06-17  RookFile: A lot of people had a minus score against Keres. Getting a win was quite an achievement even if Bisguier didn't like the game.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Adding to some of the comments Bisguier made regarding this game in his book "The Art of Bisguier 1961-2003."

His loss v Keres in Bisguier vs Keres, 1955

"Paul outplayed me. It was an interesting, instructive game that I greatly enjoyed."

later regarding this game and how he would play against Keres if they met again:

" it not better to go down to defeat in a fine game against an immortal than to win by doing nothing. So what if he outcombined me at Bisguier vs Keres, 1971 and went on to win the tournament.

I had the satisfaction of letting Keres show me what he could do."

A refreshing outlook on Chess which some here will not get.


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  thegoodanarchist: In this tournament, Keres was obviously in form, since this is his only loss.

Bisguier played solid chess, enough to get the win. Even if not greatly impressed with himself, he should be pleased with the win at the very least.

Dec-31-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: The black cannot move 35...♕c8 36. ♕e5+ ♔g8 37. ♕xd4... (or similar) lose the ♙ for nothing. To keep the ♙, he must play 35...♕f6 36. ♕xf6+ ♔xf6 37. f4 ♔e6 38. ♔f3 with easy win for White.
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