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Paul Keres vs Borislav Ivkov
Bamberg (1968), Bamberg FRG, rd 8, Apr-19
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  1-0



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Oct-03-03  rochade18: The position after move 34 seems to be equal: both players let their queens walk, the other figures are freezed.
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  wwall: Chess Informant 5/191 gave 30....Rxe3 a question mark and recommended 30...Nce4. White would probably play 31.Nh2 and 32.Ng4

Instead of 32...Ncxe4, an interesting endgame appears after 32...dxe4 33.b4 Qc7 34.Qxc5 Qxc5 35.bxc5 exf3 36.Bxf6 gxf6 37.gxf3 Kf8 38.Kg2

Chess Informant 5/191 says that after 33.Qe3, White is winning.

Instead of 36...Qc5, perhaps 36...Qc7 37.Qf3 b5 38.axb5 axb5.

Instead of 34...Qd7, perhaps 34...Ng5 or 34...Nh5.

Chess Informant indicated that 45...Qa5?? was the losing move, but did not give an alternative move. Perhaps 45...Nf6 or 45...b6.

After 46.Qc3, if 46...Qd8, then 47.Nf6, threatening 48.Qxg7 mate. Black would then have to play 47...Qf6 48.Qxf6 Nxf6 49.Nc5 Nfe8.

After 51.f5, not 51...Ne5?? 52.Bd6

If 52...Nf3+ 53.Kc5 should win for White.

Feb-11-12  drukenknight: what is wrong w/ 50....f5?
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  wwall: This game was also annotated in Varnusz's book on Paul Keres, volume 2, game 150.

I guess after 50...f5 White just takes with 51.gxf5 Nh4 52.Kd4 Nxf5+ 53.Ke5 Ne3 54.Nd4 and White should be able to penetrate on the queenside to win. White could also try Bc1 when the Black knight is on e3, protecting the d5 pawn. Now the knight has to move and White can play Kxd5 winning the d-pawn.

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