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Paul Keres vs Eduard Dyckhoff
corr (1935) (correspondence)
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-11-07  sanyas: Fernpartie means correspondence, right?
Nov-14-07  whiteshark: This correspondence games was played at

IFSB* Olympiad prelimary A board 1 between 1935 and 1937

* Internationaler Fernschachbund

Nov-14-07  TiTi: Would 38. Nf6 have been a better move?

It seems like Black has to rush to defense, otherwise 39. Qh7#.

Seems like 38. Nf6 Rh1 39. Nh5 Bf8 is the best defense setup, but it ties two pieces to the King's defense.

Nov-14-07  whiteshark: <Ti-Ti> How would you proceed after <38. Nf6 Rh1 39. Nh5 Bf8>, if you don't want to play the perpetual Qf6+/Qf7+ ?

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btw you name is invisible in the 'recent kibitzing' area...due to posting guideline no.1, I would guess ;D

Nov-14-07  TiTi: Oh noes... TiTi is a name with my initials and i's instead of dots :(. Never intended it to mean anything else...

And to answer your question...I wouldn't know I'm not strong enough in chess, but I guess there's nothing more than perpetual in the position.

Nov-14-07  TiTi: Or maybe, White could start moving his g pawn and help out?

38. Nf6 Rh1 39. Nh5 Bf8 40. g4 etc As soon as the pawn hits g5 check with Q and move in the pawn?

Nov-14-07  TiTi: Meh... probably just a wild Bantha chase ;)
Nov-14-07  Dr. Siggy: This is one of the great classics of the Open Ruy Lopez (with the always tough to meet 10. Be3), played by two of the - if not simply the - best correspondence chess players before World War II.

The middle game abounds in a lot of suspense: first, Dr. Dyckhoff sacrifices his Queen with 26... Nc4!! 27. fxg6 Qxg6 28. Rf6 Rh5!; a little later, Keres plays "va banque" with 33. Ng4!!

The Knight's ending (with a marginal positional advantage for Black) is a kind of a coda to a real chess thriller!

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  LIFE Master AJ: 55.Kd2, Nb1+; draw

(So says GM Andy Soltis.)

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  LIFE Master AJ: According to several sources, this was played in the European Correspondence Olympiad; 1935-1936.
Jan-14-19  aidenb: Sorry for a very rookie question, but why did Black sacrifice Queen so easily? I've played it over and over and still confused. Why not retreat Queen or at least take the White Knight? I'm happy to read an overall strategy reference on this if someone can point me in the right direction, thanks!
Jan-14-19  ughaibu: The only safe square for the queen is e8, but if black moves it there white will win with Qg3. In any case, black got more than enough in return for the queen.
Jan-14-19  aidenb: Ohhh... now I see. Thanks much!
Jan-14-19  ughaibu: <Thanks much!>

My pleasure.

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