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Raymond Keene vs Briant
Simul (1988) (exhibition)
Queen's Gambit Declined: Marshall Defense (D06)  ·  1-0



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Mar-30-05  Castle In The Sky: <Stevens>I have both Reinfeld problem books 1001 Checkmates and 1001 Combinations. I have recently been working my way through the Checkmates book and find that if I do about 20 puzzles and then play on the ICC my chess game is generally stronger. It is a good "mental warmup" to recognize tactical situations. General advice I have heard repeated time and again is to not work on openings if you are less than USCF 1500 in strength, but instead to do as many tactical exercises as possible. This has been my general focus. Another book which is excellent for tactics is Vukovic's "The Art of Attack" (John Nunn's revision). It is a classic and perhaps the most comprehensive manual on how to checkmate a king.
Mar-30-05  riqhi: I think this one was easier than yesterday's.
<castle in the sky>I've the 1001 Combinations, but what I don't like from it is that it is not ordered, also, by difficulty.
Mar-30-05  kevin86: Brilliant move by Keene! I saw ♗xf8 and ♕h5-both moves bite on granite compared with the text.
Mar-30-05  Marco65: <Stevens> I have recently purchased "303 Tricky Chess Tactics" second edition, I find it excellent, but beware: this is not the book you may like if you like to break your brain an hour on a single exercise, most problems take from 10 seconds to 3 minutes at least to me. It's a little easier than Reinfeld's book. Excellent when I travel to work by bus. I made about 200 exercises so far, and found only 4-5 small flaws (lines reported that are not the best lines), and 1 severe error (a solution not working).
Mar-30-05  Stevens: Thanks to everyone who posted recommendations ;-) Anyone got "Learn Chess Tactics" by John Nunn?
Mar-30-05  Rank Amateur: Like <reprizent>, I found 25 Nh7. Does Black have any chance there? (I admit, I never looked at 25 Bg7 which wins more simply.)
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  ray keene: this was a simul of course and i recall that-playing very quickly as one does in such events-i was on the way to playing bxf8 when i realised my bishop cd stop more profitably halfway ie g7!a lot of this sort of attack is rhythm momentum and faith in the attacking force.
Mar-30-05  midknightblue: <tjraczko> Hello racz, good to see you here!
Mar-30-05  RookFile: Well, I'm sure that GM Keene knew
that his knight on g5, Queen on rook
file, bishop on h6 was winning. This
is a known setup that strong players
as black try to cut across early. When they don't, they get punished, as had already been demonstrated a long time ago:

Bisguier vs Larsen, 1965

Mar-30-05  Stonewaller2: Huh. Last two days stumped me but got today's right off. Now if only faith-based chess worked as well for me as it does for you I'd be a GM too! A personal word of thanks to you for your enlightening analysis of M Basman vs Keene, 1981 and to for posting it here.
Mar-30-05  Ken MacGillivray: <stevens> i have the book learn chess tactics by john nunn and i highly recommend it. i teach chess at a couple of schools and i use examples from this book for most of the lessons.
Mar-30-05  cjhasbrouck: <reprizent>

25. Bxf8 Kxf8
26. Qh6+ Ke8
27. Qh8+ Ng8
28. Qxg8+ Ke7
29. Qxa8

With Bxf8, Black has to sacrifice a Knight and a Rook to avoid immediate checkmate, and this material deficit leads to eventual checkmate any number of ways.

Mar-30-05  who: i gotta say balcks last three moves are disappointing. Keene drops the exchange and black drops his gaurd.

22...Qc6??? hopeing white will miss the obvious 23...Nf4!! but this misplaces the queen and the manuvere does nothing to inconvinience whites attack better is 22...Bc6 clearing a path for the Q on the 7th rank and bringing the bishop into play on the long diagnal. Or 22...Qb6 with the threat of Nxc3 to create counterplay on the queenside looking to exchange the light squared bishop and open the d8 rook.

23...Ne7?? removes protection from the vital f6 squareblocks the 7th rank and once again makes no real threats against white. Although black has put himself in a pickle 23...f5 or 23...Be8 suggest themselves as viable alternatives for strengthening the g6 pawn.

Finally Rf8 leads to an immediate loss while Be8 may hold out for some time although white would have more than compensation for the exchange.

Mar-30-05  RookFile: I liked Keene's attack but who is undoubtably right that tougher defense was possible.
Mar-30-05  patzer2: Black, as noted earlier, missed a chance to complicate and create counter chances with 22...Be8!? Finding a win over the board would have been difficult, especially in a simul. However, after letting Fritz 8 run for eight hours, and doing a little tweaking of my own (e.g. forcing Fritz 8 to play 27. g3! below), it appears White has a forced win after 22...Be8!?

The complete line with Fritz 8 @ 18 depth goes 22...Be8!? 23.Qg4 a5 24.Qh4 Rdc8 25.Ne4 f5 26.exf6 Qh7 27.g3! b5 28.Kg2 b4 29.Rh1 Bc6 30.f3 Ne3+ 31.Bxe3! Qxh4 32.Rxh4 Bxe4 33.Bxe4 b3 34.Bh6 b2 35.Bg7! Kf7 36.Rh6! Ke8 37.Rh8+ Kd7 38.Rh7! Kc7 39.Bh6+ Kb6 40.Rb7+ Ka6 41.Rxb2 Ra7 42.Bxg6 Rcc7 43.Re2 Rab7 44.Rxe6+ Ka7 45.d5 Rd7 46.Kh3 Rb8 47.Re7 Rdb7 48.Be3+ Ka6 49.a4 Rh8+ 50.Kg2 Rb2+ 51.Kf1 Rh1+ 52.Bg1 Rb6 53.f7 Rh8 54.Re6 Rxe6 55.dxe6 with a clear win for White.

Mar-31-05  who: I want to add that IMHO 20...fxg6
Mar-31-05  Stevens: thanks <ken> I've added it to my wish list!
Mar-31-05  RookFile: well, 20.... fxg6... suppose Keene
goes in for the Ng5 exchange sac
anyway...... isn't the ...Be8 defense
no good because of Nxe6.
Mar-31-05  who: 20...fxg6 21.Ng5 BxR 22.RxB Nf4 23.Qg4 Rf8
seems at least equal to me. and i'm not sure that Nf4 is best. perhaps Bc8 or some counterplay on the queenside. The main point is with the queen on c7 and and open 7th rank black stands a much better chance.
May-07-05  Milo: The idea of playing ...c4 inaugarated by 12...Nd7 seems wrong. Compare:

Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938

Aug-07-05  aw1988: This seems to be Keene's last game by the way (in the database at least).
Sep-09-08  Nasgard: Hi Ray

Not sure if you still look at this game’s Kibitz as conversation seems to have dried up – Just thought I’d say very interesting game and I really like the move 5.e5! - I know the Marshall Defence is rubbish for Black but modern theory tends to discourage White playing the immediate 4.e4 because of 4…Nf6 5.Nc3, e5 6.dxe5, Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1, Ng4 – but if White plays e5 himself it seems to solve all of that!

Certainly looks a lot more attractive than: 3.cxd5, Nxd5 4.Nf3, Bf5 5.Qb3 – that’s meant to be great for White, but I don’t think it gives any threats Black can’t defend, and at the same time still get White into a passive position. Any thoughts?

Also who was Briant, just an amateur taking part in the simultaneous?


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  ray keene: <nasgard> thanks for your comment-if you think about it then my line is quite logical-its the same as 1d4 d5 2c4 dxc4 3 e4 nf6 4 e5 nd5 5 bxc4 which is a line that -for example-karpov has played as white in the queens gambit accepted. i am afraid i have no idea who my opponent was-it was a simul.
Sep-10-08  Nasgard: <ray keene> that’s actually a huge coincidence, because I’ve just been researching the 3.e4 line in the QGA, for a congress I’m off to this weekend (usually I just go for 3 e3 and hope black falls into the fairly transparent 3...b5 4 a4, c6 5 axb5, cxb5 6 Qf3! - but its rare for black to go into it, and it just looks like white has lost his bottle and wants to immediately recover the pawn). It’s clear white is better after your line.

Loved Duels of the Mind by the way, despite been a bit dated now it’s probably my favourite Chess DVD, I’ve watched it loads of times for the sheer entertainment value. Great British Chess Triumphs was good for the Tony Miles game too - but possibly a tad over-priced because the rest of the content just looks like you’ve sold something, someone had taped off the telly about 15 years ago!

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  ray keene: < nasgard> sorry missed your query re great british chess triumphs-the point is yes it was taped off the telly but it was german telly and i then translated all the comments back into english-the miles wn v karpov was never shown on tv in the uk because of the tv strike on bbc-i think it also sank an entire doctor who series! so nobody ever got to see the miles win v the world champion on british tv-i thought it was lost and gone forever but i found it hidden away in a german basement courtesy of the german chess federation who sent me a copy-i thought given its scarcity value it was worth saving-hope that answers your question!
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