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Jon Loftur Arnason vs Raymond Keene
5th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1981), London ENG, rd 5, Aug-29
Modern Defense: Pseudo-Austrian Attack (B06)  ·  0-1



Annotations by George Steven Botterill.

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Oct-10-04  radu stancu: I've seen this game as an example of the Robatsch in my first chess book. The way black manages not only to delay white's king-side attack, but also to cause him problems first in the center, and then on the queen-side is just superb!
May-06-05  supertimchan: The solution is not hard but very pretty.
May-06-05  Milo: I knew it'd be Qxc4, and imagined it'd be Bxe1, but I didn't see the continuation...
May-06-05  pantlko: i also was thinking abt Qxc4.but what next??????????
May-06-05  Jatayu: I got it through 33. Qb2, but couldn't resist taking the queen, which is clearly a weaker choice. <chessgames> do we have the double exchange sacrifice against Ligterink from round 8?
May-06-05  dzanone: Yeah, Jatayu, I took the Q on b2 as well, which probably only draws.
May-06-05  isolatedpawn: I got the entire combination. I agree it's not too difficult, but is quite beautiful. Great finish by Ray.
May-06-05  Eric Xanthus: I got as far as 33..Bex1 34. Bex2, but I couldn't see the cute repositioning move 34..Bg3. I should have given it more thought (too late at night)--White's king is totally sealed up. This is pretty easy for a Friday, I'd say.
May-06-05  dasp3edd3m0n: Got it! =)
May-06-05  Saph: <Eric Xanthus> ditto. except that it was uhh, too 3:30pm-ish in the afternoon for me.

This finish gets a 9.5 for artistic impression.

May-06-05  erikcu: I love the commments. "But beware of immatating such risky play." It makes me think of the oft heard disclamer, "And, remember kids, do not try this at home." before Evil Keenevil Jumps through 3 rings of fire and over the 300 foot canyon, on his motorbike.
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  jahhaj: <jatayu> Just search, Keene vs G Ligterink, 1981
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  cu8sfan: Hooray! I can't believe it, it's Friday and I actually got the puzzle! Then again, feels like Monday as I had yesterday off because of ascension day.
May-06-05  Madman99X: Qxc4!! eliminates the defender for the invading Bxc3+ and white is done. Three cheers for GM Keene. I actually solved this one on my own. No computer help needed.
May-06-05  fian: The tricky part in this puzzle is to resist the temptation to take the queen after 32...Bxc3+ 33.Qb2. If 33.Bxb2+ then after 33...Kxb2 the e2 pawn is lost.

After 34.Bxe2 I only saw 34...Rxe2 which also wins because 35.Qxe2 Bc3+ 36.Qb2 and the queen is lost and we have a B+p vs. 2p ending which is still winning but of course not as clean as 34...Bg3

May-06-05  Rank Amateur: I found the whole combination, but failed to comprehend it as a win. I guess the problem is that white can't stop 35 ... Be5 which wins the queen. Is that it?
May-06-05  Hidden Skillz: wow explosive play ala tal..
May-06-05  Marvol: Marvol: Yeehaw!
I saw it all the way up to the end, including 33...Bxe1 instead of Bxb2+ 34 Kxb2 and black gets no further, and even the last threat 34...Bg3, winning the queen.

All these years of practising finally pay off (more like, minutes of practising haha :-) )

May-06-05  ChessChimp: (Qxc4) (LADY) (EAT) (HOUSE) (TWO) (BLACK) (BANANA) (HURT) (PLEASE) (WHITE) (NEED) (HELP) (FOOD?)
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  cu8sfan: <ChessChimp> What's wrong with you people today? First <notso-soberknight> and now you? Please, guys, behave yourselves!
May-06-05  Shokwave: Got the right continuation. I also looked at this:33...BxQ 34.KxB Bh5 35.Kc3 Re3+ 36.Kd2 Rxh2 37.Bxe2 BxB and then 38.RxB Ra3
38.KxB Ra3 39.Ra1
and it's a draw , right?
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  Richard Taylor: I confesss I just glanced at this quickly and went for Q sacs on the Rook - I overlooked some of black's defences but its 1 am here...but that is my weakness - I tend to miss defensive moves..Bxd8 was clever...

A great game by Keene! Both in fact playing very sharp and interesting chess... Saved it in my collection

May-06-05  Larsker: <Evil Keenevil> Any relation with Ray?
May-06-05  Nickisimo: I guess you could say he has a "keen" eye for combinations...right? right?
May-06-05  ChessChimp: <cu8sfan> TRAINER'S NOTE: Patzee (ChessChimp) is sensitive about being evolutionarily-challenged. Considering what he has to work with, some of us think his observations can be rather astute. Graciousness and empathy are advantages which superior primates like us sapiens have a responsibility to exemplify to our lesser cousins. He's a good chimp. Patzee just lexigramed (LIKE) (STILL).
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