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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Paul Keres
"Paul is Dead" (game of the day Jul-09-2010)
URS-chT (1966), Moscow URS, rd 5, Sep-28
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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Aug-13-19  sfm: I wonder why Black played 20.-,f6
And funny how sensible Black moves are all an engineering of the sui-mate.

23.-,bxa5 - recapturing, what else? [but the b-file is now open for the white rook]

24.-,Ra7 - rook takes part in the enforcement of the king side [but leaves the 8th rank]

25.-,0-0 - getting the king away from the middle and giving extra coverage of f6 [but the g-pawn becomes a deadly attacker]

26.-,f5 - need to cover h5 [but all of above combines into a little detail...]

27.-, no more sensible moves to play!

Aug-13-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: I try to solve Tuesday problems at Monday speeds. It didn't happen this time. I spent a little while trying to figure out how to get past Black's knights before realizing that the real chance lay in diverting Black's queen.
Aug-13-19  AlicesKnight: Same as <Cheapo>; Black castles and suddenly it's all over.
Aug-13-19  patzer2: For today's Tuesday puzzle solution, 27. Rb8! +- (+13.01 @ 25 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 27...?) overloads the Black Queen who cannot guard both b8 and h4.

Even prettier than 27. Rb8! is the strong move 25. g5!! +- (+3.17 @ 20 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 25...?) which sets it up.

P.S.: For an improvement for the losing side, instead of 9...h5?! 10. Be2 ± (+1.12 @ 28 ply, Stockfish 10), our Opening Explorer indicates Black has had good results with 9...0-0 = (-0.16 @ 29 ply, Stockfish 10). An instructive example of play with 9...0-0 is Black's win in N Dzagnidze vs G Sargissian, 2012.

Aug-13-19  malt: 27.Rb8 and Black can't defend h4,
27...Q:b8 28.Q:h4
Aug-13-19  TheaN: I noticed that after 27.Rb8 Qxb8 28.Qxh4 will lead to mate, but thought White could speed it up with 28.Ne7+, missing 28....Rxe7.

Interestingly, it changes absolutely nothing: as Black needs to vacant f8 to prevent Qh7#, it doesn't matter whether White's defending or Black's occupying e7. Black only has an additional check on e4.

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#6 with 28...Nf3+ 29.Rxf3 Qb2+ 30.Kh1 Qg2+ 31.Kxg2 Nf4+ 32.Bxf4 Rd8 33.Qxd8+ Be8 34.Qxe8#

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#7 with 29...Qb2+ 30.Kh1 Ng5 31.Bxg5 Bxe4+ 32.dxe4 Qh2+ 33.Kxh2 Nf3+ 34.Bxf3 Ra8 35.Qh7+ Kf8 36.Qh8#

Aug-13-19  whiteshark: [epic reposts]

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Aug-13-19  whiteshark: [Historic recurrence]
Aug-13-19  whiteshark:  
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  gawain: I'm pleased to have seen this one quickly. Deflect the queen and mate follows soon thanks to the white pieces covering the king's escape squares e7 and f7. I don't think I've kibitzed previously on this game but I've probably seen it.
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  tobywan: I solved it quickly. Now you tell me I've seen it before? You think I've learned something? Nah.
Aug-13-19  zb2cr: The Black Queen protects h4. If it can be deflected from the defense of that spot, White will checkmate, because the White Pawn on g6 and the White Knight on d5 close the escape holes for the Black King. Therefore, 27, Rb8! to bother the Black Queen.

If Black plays either 27. ... Qxb8 or 27. ... Qd7, White plays 28. Qxh4, with mate to follow.

Can Black wiggle out? If 27. ... Rd7; 28. Rxd8, Rfxd8; 29. Qxh4, Nf8 covers the mating square in time, but White has 30. Ne7+, Rxe7 (forced); 31. Qxe7, Rd7; 32. Qe8 and White's advantage of Q vs. minor piece leads to a quick win.

Aug-13-19  billbarstool: Monday-like puzzle. Sack the rook gobble the h4 pawn or don't take the sac and enveloped by whites python position
Aug-13-19  ZonszeinP: Nice and easy


Paul is not dead

Aug-13-19  ZonszeinP: Never
Aug-13-19  Dr. Funkenstein: Castling (25. ...0-0) seems to lose by force, why can't black take on g5 with either piece (as we see where not taking the pawn leads).
Aug-13-19  Helloween: 27...Qd7 would have set one last trap to get the King out
Aug-13-19  Everett: Rb8 done
Aug-13-19  1stboard: Can someone run through >> Stockfish << what it suggests black to play on move 25 ( instead of O-O ) ??
Aug-13-19  whiteshark: <Dr. Funkenstein / 1stboard> At this point black was already lost:

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Black to move

1) +2.68 (25 ply) 25...O-O 26.g6 Re8 27.Qxh4 Nf8 28.Bh5 Bxd5 29.cxd5 Re5 30.Bf4 Rae7 31.Bxe5 Rxe5 32.Kh1 Rg5 33.Rg1 Rxg1+ 34.Rxg1 Nd7 35.Bd1 Nf8 36.Qg3 Qb6 37.h4 Nd7 38.h5 Ne5 39.h6 gxh6 40.Bh5

2) +5.07 (25 ply) 25...fxg5 26.Bxd4 Bxd5 27.exd5 Nf4 28.Re1+ Kf7 29.Bc3 Rf8 30.Bg4 Kg8 31.Qe3 Qc7 32.Qe4 Rb7 33.Rb5 Kh8 34.Rxb7 Qxb7 35.Qe7 Qxe7 36.Rxe7 Rg8 37.Be6 Nxe6 38.dxe6 Kh7 39.Rf7 Kg6 40.Kg1 Rb8 41.Rxg7+ Kf5 42.e7

3) +5.17 (25 ply) 25...Nxg5 26.Bxg5 O-O 27.Be3 Bxd5 28.exd5 Qe8 29.Bf4 Qd8 30.Qxh4 g5 31.Qg3 Nf5 32.Qg4 Nd4 33.Be3 Rg7 34.Bxd4 cxd4 35.Rb5 Re7 36.Qxd4 f5 37.Bh5 Rg7 38.Rfb1 Qe7 39.Rb8 Kh7 40.Rxf8

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

Aug-13-19  NBZ: <Stale.Mate> I got the move but not the pun. This may be one case where getting the pun is harder than getting the move!
Aug-14-19  PhilFeeley: I'm not sure I get the pun either. Who is the "Paul" in it - McCartney, maybe? Except he's not dead, and where's the pun anyway?
Jan-04-22  Saniyat24: Where is Paul?
Jan-06-22  Dim Weasel: To get the pun check this:

Sep-22-23  Ulhumbrus: It may be that with 9...h5 Keres thinks that Botvinnik's king will become a target but Keres' own king becomes a target instead.

However why does Keres think that after 9...h5 Botvinnik's king will become a target?

One example of a guess as to an answer is that Keres imagines a knight sacrifice on g4 eg by ...Nf6-g4+ with White's king on h2.

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