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Paul Keres vs Efim Geller
"Keres Seen" (game of the day Oct-02-2017)
Keres - Geller 2nd place Candidates Playoff (1962), Moscow URS, rd 8, Aug-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1-0

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Sep-22-14  Petrosianic: <I think that from about 1952 Keres would have had an even chance against Botvinnik,>

Why do you think so?

<only Smyslov and Tal were in the way.>

And Bronstein, and Geller, and Korchnoi, and others who might have had chances to beat Botvinnik. There were maybe about 10 people who were dangerous to Botvinnik then, all in the Soviet Union. That's why he pushed the "Four Soviets" rule, that would eliminate more of them sooner, leaving him with fewer possible challengers to prepare against.

<1962 perhaps... Similarly I'd make Korchnoi the favourite in a match against Petrosian in the 60's.>

Neither the ratings nor the results tend to bear that out. It wasn't until 1973 that Korchnoi finally surged ahead of Spassky and Petrosian.

<In the first among equals era it was not always the case that if A beats B and B beats C, then A beats C.>

True, but Korchnoi was +1-4 against Petrosian at the end of 1962, and didn't get ahead of him until 1974. If you look at the 1968 Spassky-Korchnoi match, Spassky is clearly ahead of him, not only in results, but in positional understanding.

Sep-22-14  Olavi: <Petrosianic: <I think that from about 1952 Keres would have had an even chance against Botvinnik,> Why do you think so?>

Looking at their ganes with each other, and the tournaments they played. I am convinced that 1937-39 Botvinnik would have won comfortably, even more so ten years later.

<
Similarly I'd make Korchnoi the favourite in a match against Petrosian in the 60's.>

<Neither the ratings nor the results tend to bear that out. It wasn't until 1973 that Korchnoi finally surged ahead of Spassky and Petrosian.>

<In the first among equals era it was not always the case that if A beats B and B beats C, then A beats C.>

<True, but Korchnoi was +1-4 against Petrosian at the end of 1962, and didn't get ahead of him until 1974. If you look at the 1968 Spassky-Korchnoi match, Spassky is clearly ahead of him, not only in results, but in positional understanding.>

Korchnoi beat Petrosian twice just before the -66 match. This was my point: he could not cope with Spassky, but he would have had a good chance against Petrosian.

Sep-23-14  EdZelli: "but he would have had a good chance against Petrosian." Fat Chance ! Boris dominated the Chess World from the
mid 60's to late 60's but lost in 1966 by the best master tactician. Just look at game seven of the Petrosian-Spassky match in 1966.

By 1966, Tigran had been there, done that and sold the T-shirt twice in row. No live chess player could claim that.
What else was there to prove?
Victor was a sick-in-the-head, chip-on-the-shoulder cry baby that would resort to nasty antics at his matches just to get a win. Just check his behavior in matches against Karpov, Spassky and Petrosian to name a few.

Sep-23-14
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  offramp: After three days I think I understand it. Is it based on Carries the Ball?
Oct-05-14  dernier thylacine: OFFRAMP:
I could not understand what you do not or do not want to understand. For me, even I am a Frenchman whose english is poor, it did not need three minutes before I undestood the com. of EdZelli. So what? Again a mental pyramid for you?
Oct-06-14
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  offramp: <dernier thylacine: OFFRAMP: I could not understand what you do not or do not want to understand. For me, even I am a Frenchman whose english is poor, it did not need three minutes before I undestood "Keres the Ball" (game of the day title Apr-22-07)>

Can you explain "Keres the Ball" to me then? That's what I was talking about. I <thought> it was based on Carries the Ball but you obviously disagree.

It may help that Keres is pronounced "Keresh" - but it may not.

Nov-20-14  disasterion: <Conrad93: It's too bad this game is refuted by computer analysis.>

Two years down the line, but I'm going to rise to this. 'Refuted' in what sense? If you mean that Keres's magnificent attack is somehow flawed, you're going to have to post some analysis - my version of Stockfish can find nothing wrong with white's play after 18... f6.

If on the other hand you mean that Geller's play is less than perfect, you could make the same accusation about ever game in the chessgames database that doesn't end in a draw (or a loss on time); so it's a pretty empty assertion.

Other people up the thread have pointed out that 18... f6 is an error. You don't need a computer to see that. But what follows is glorious.

Nov-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <disasterion> By no means does <donkrad> need anything vaguely resembling proof to wave the bloody shirt; unsubstantiated blather is well within his capabilities, along with what you elegantly term empty assertions.
May-17-15  RookFile: I guess the goal of 15....Bb4 was maybe to play Bc3 and get rid of the b2 bishop. But, he never got close. So, the move has to be considered a waste of time.
May-05-16  ewan14: Keres supreme misfortune was to be Estonian , a people not too popular with Stalin
Apr-11-17  Everett: <Olavi: I think that from about 1952 Keres would have had an even chance against Botvinnik, only Smyslov and Tal were in the way. 1962 perhaps... Similarly I'd make Korchnoi the favourite in a match against Petrosian in the 60's. In the first among equals era it was not always the case that if A beats B and B beats C, then A beats C.>

If you're looking at match play, Bronstein hardly ever lost one, and was never an easy opponent for Keres.

It would have been interesting to see Bronstein in match play in the 50's. Not sure Smyslov beats him there.

Oct-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Four years ago the pun for this game was "Keres the Ball" which was only understood by User: dernier thylacine.

Today we have evolved up to "Keres Seen".

That is probably based on Kerosene, a liquid which is known in most of the world as paraffin.

You have to slightly mangle the pronunciation of Keres, and ignore who or what is supposed to have <seen> Keres, in order to really find that pun funny.

Normally, if chessgames.com is desperate for a game to be GoTD, it simply takes the winner's name and selloptapes the word Immortal after it.

Here this <cannot be done> owing to the dreadful Buzz Killington <double S> involved in <Keres's Immortal>.

Oct-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  morfishine: <offramp> Undoubtedly, you are a national treasure

*****

Oct-02-17  goodevans: <18...f6> looks to be such an ugly move, weakening g6 which proved to be fatal. The trouble is it's hard to find anything better for black. Against most alternatives white has <19.Qh5> initiating a similar attack as in the game only now the a1-h8 diagonal is also open.

Maybe <18...h6> held out better chances?

Oct-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: Four years ago the pun for this game was "Keres the Ball" which was only understood by User: dernier thylacine.

Today we have evolved up to "Keres Seen"...

You have to ... ignore who or what is supposed to have <seen> Keres, in order to really find that pun funny.>

I don't know, having some unknown entity "stalking" Keres is not funny, but disturbing.

Oct-02-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <Today we have evolved up to "Keres Seen"... >

Since black's king looks like a chalk outline with yellow police tape.

I would have preferred:

"Keres Scene"

Oct-02-17  schnarre: ...Good one <diceman>!
Oct-05-17
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  kevin86: Late double check ends it.
May-08-18  edubueno: Keres ganó brillantemente ante un jugador tan fuerte como Geller. En esta partida se vió cómo Geller juega bien al ataque pero flojo en la defensa.
Jun-22-19
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  Fusilli: A look at this position, after 18.Ne5, gives support to that quote about tactics flowing from a superior position. (Who said that?)


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Geller has been either reckless or overly optimistic. His three minor pieces are all committed to the queenside, where nothing is really happening. Keres' three minor pieces are all aimed at Geller's kingside. Add that the white side is being handled by one of the strongest attackers of all time, and the writing is on the wall.

Sep-25-19  seneca16: Geller played like NN in this game. He could at least have tried 17...Bc3 or 17 … Re8 followed by Bc3 to hinder white's attacking pieces.
Feb-13-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: Many kibitzing about the "ever second Keres" or the "uncrowned world Champion", as said some. Then I decide to see, what the database tell us about KERES and his opponents:

He wan more games from the players:
11x7 Euwe (9=), 4x0 Bogoljubov (5=), Panno (5=); 8x5 Tal (17=), 4x1 Korchnoi (12=), 9x7 Geller (21=), 5x2 Boleslavsky (15=), 5x3 Szabo (12=), 3x1 Fine (8=), 3x2 Taimanov (11=), 2x1 Flohr (19=); 1x0 Capablanca (5=), Nezhmetdinov (3=).

He draw the scores against:
9x9 Smyslov (22=), 3x3 Petrosian (29=), 2x2 Tartakower (5=), 1x1 Averbakh (9=).

However, he has lost more games for the following players: 3x8 Botvinnik (9=), 1x5 Alekhine (8=), 4x7 Bronstein (19=), 4x6 Reshevsky (9=), 3x5 Spassky (19=), 0x2 Stein (6=), 3x4 Fischer (3=), 1x2 Polugaevsky (6=).

I made this list to show that even though he was a remarkabe player, his carrer has some highs and lows, as many others. He won the 1947 and 1950 Soviet Championship. Has an impressive list of 1018 wins, 807 draws and only 206 defeats. He has more wins than Smyslov (918), Geller (803). Above him, Tal (1115) and Korchnoi (1686). But he lost less times than Spassky (209), Tal (296) and Smyslov (306). Note that Botvinnik apeares with only 1165 games in the data base, while Keres has 2031 games, near Petrosian 1933, altough he loses to the number of Kochnoi 4451 games, Tal 2685, Spassky 2276, Smyslov 2603, etc. I hope that this picture gives a best view of the stronger chess of Keres and his wonderful career. Then, someone become world champion not necessarily tells the power of a chess player. Keres had a impressive score to proof it.

Feb-13-20  sudoplatov: Keres also won the 1951 USSR championship. He's got three.
Feb-14-20  ewan14: Apart from the 1968 match , Korchnoi had the edge over Spassky. This made the result of this match all the more remarable
Apr-09-20  carpovius: Fantastic game!
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