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Walter Shawn Browne vs Paul Keres
Vancouver (1975), Vancouver CAN, rd 10, May-25
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1

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Apr-19-04  Kenkaku: Apparently the last game Paul Keres played. Both players foreshadow things to come, Keres playing the Berlin, and Browne the 4. d3 line that has become popular these days.
Jun-22-05  Heavy Metal Thunder: Yes, this was his last game. One of the all-time greats.
Aug-31-05  Koster: 4. d3 doesn't seem to give black any problems. White's attack never gets going and he ends up dropping the e pawn and the game.
Dec-13-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: I'll take the quiet line 4.d3 over that queenless middle game that's been played to death since 2000's Kasparov-Kramnik match; I've never understand the appeal of it, really. Although I believe the following line is slightly better for White, I like the idea 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 bxc6 7.dxe5 Nb7, with a complicated middlegame to come.
Feb-17-08  edbermac: Wow! I had the pleasure of watching this game! I entered this tourney in the under 1400 category. As I recall this event was played at the University of British Columbia and we stayed in the dorms. I managed to finish my last round game quickly and went to the main room to watch this game. Of course back then we had to root for the American versus the Russian, but Keres showed his mettle and won a tough game. Sadly for the chess world he died a few weeks afterward.
Jun-17-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: When the assault failed, all that remained were white's ♙♙s falling down like ripe fruits, a lonely ♖ paralized, jailed in a cage, and the desolated white ♔ - A positional swan's song by the genius of attack
Jan-21-10  AnalyzeThis: Keres could have played the tricky 11....Ne7, which appears to equalize immediately. He preferred to keep things more complex, and is rewarded with the win.
Jan-06-12
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  gezafan: <edbermac: Wow! I had the pleasure of watching this game! I entered this tourney in the under 1400 category. As I recall this event was played at the University of British Columbia and we stayed in the dorms. I managed to finish my last round game quickly and went to the main room to watch this game. Of course back then we had to root for the American versus the Russian, but Keres showed his mettle and won a tough game. Sadly for the chess world he died a few weeks afterward.>

Keres wasn't Russian, he was Estonian.

Once, when he was informed that many of the players he was calling Russian were not Russian, Bobby Fischer replied with the idiotic comment "They're all Russians to me!"

The American media has always referred to anyone from the USSR as "Russian." Thus Ukrainians were Russian, Armenians were Russian, Georgians were Russian, etc. This, of course, is stupid.

It's just another way Americans were kept ignorant about what was really going on in the world.

Jan-06-12  King Death: < gezafan: Keres wasn't Russian, he was Estonian.

Once, when he was informed that many of the players he was calling Russian were not Russian, Bobby Fischer replied with the idiotic comment "They're all Russians to me!"...>

Ironically it was Keres himself who said this to Fischer in Bled 1961 (naming Petrosian, an Armenian, Geller a Ukrainian, Tal a Latvian, and himself) and the reply was, "Never mind, you're all Russians to me!"

Jan-07-12  Petrosianic: There's a similar exchange in The Prisoner, between Number 6 and Nadia:

"Are you Russian?"
"Estonian."
"Russian."
"We don't think so."

It's very bad mannered and provincial. We can cut Fischer a little slack, he was only 17 when he said it.

There was another similar joke in a Hagar the Horrible comic once. Hagar and Eddie land in Scotland. Hagar asks who these people are. Eddie says they're the Scots. Hagar says "They seem just like the English to me." In the last panel, Hagar is on his back, just having been flattened by a Scot, and says "...Except they're a lot more touchy."

Aug-25-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  wwall: I also played in this tournament (I took 5th in one of its Classes) and watched the final game. I took a picture of the game just before Jonathan Berry told them to start the game. When Browne was losing, he took off his sweater, then lost and sort of blamed his loss on the noisy crowd. He gave me his scoresheet, not wishing to see it anymore, but I turned it in with the rest of the scoresheets, along with Keres. Afterwards, Keres went over his last game with me and was nice enough to go over my games (one game he liked of mine, a swindle, made it in Chess Informant and ECO). When not playing chess, we played ping pong. Browne was more interested in going bowling.
Aug-10-13  GumboGambit: Fitting way to go out for The Crown Prince of Chess.
Jul-22-14  Xeroxx: photo from the game (I think): http://files.chesscomfiles.com/imag...
Jul-22-14
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  wwall: Yes, that is me, Browne, and Keres, final game of the Vancouver Open. Wall doing the wallboard.
Jul-22-14  drnooo: the two greatest class acts in chess

Keres and Tal

no telling how far Keres would have gone
had he ever escaped from under the scythe
of the USSR He might have even lived to a ripe old age without the stress

a truly great good man

Aug-04-14  The Last Straw: What happens if 16...h5?
Aug-04-14
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  perfidious: On 16....h5, the riposte 17.Nf6+ gxf6 18.Qxh5 looks tough to handle, with Rg3+ and devastation soon to come, one of the points of 16.Re3.
Sep-17-14  Vermit: I think the game was lost somewhere between moves 17 and 22. White had to waste another tempo with 21.Rh3 as Black was threatening g5 and g4. But 22.Nh4 just handed control of the d-file over, although by then it is hard to find a constructive plan.
Jan-15-15  RookFile: Keres played like a surgeon in this game, carving up Browne's position.
Oct-25-16  DrGridlock: Some interesting variations "behind the scenes" in this game.

In the position for black's move 16:

Walter Shawn Browne - Paul Keres


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Instead of 16 ... Kh7, Black has an opportunity to gain a significant advantage with a "queen sac" line after 16 ... Nc6:

17 Nxh6 +
(if not this, then what are the knights doing in advanced positions on the kingside? 17 Nf5 Bxf5 18 exf5 h5 and White's knight is lost). 17 ... gxh6
18 Qh5 Re6
19 Rg3+ Kf8
20 Nf5 Qf6
21 Ng7

and White's attack looks intimidating:

Walter Shawn Browne - Paul Keres


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but after:

21 ... Qxg7
22 Rxg7 Kxg7

Black has a rook, bishop and knight for a queen and pawn. White's fierce looking attack has been reduced to a "desperado queen" and computer evals give a .9 advantage to black.

While it's the best "computer line," inviting and surviving an attack like that was not Keres style, and he plays more cautiously, waiting for White to make a later mistake to give Black the initiative.

Sep-29-18  karik: The Monument to Paul Keres in Narva, Estonia, depicts the position after move 43.-Rd1+. The last move of his career.

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