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Paul Keres vs Milan Vidmar
Bad Nauheim (1936), Bad Nauheim GER, rd 4, May-20
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C98)  ·  1-0



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May-06-05  aw1988: This is a theoretically valuable game.
May-06-05  Shams: I don't care for 15...b4 which gives white lots of freedom to pry open the kingside. shouldn't black have maintained the pawn tension on the queenside? From my limited experience against the Chigorin, black needs play there.
May-06-05  paladin at large: What a pretty game - After 32 moves not a single piece or pawn has gone off, yet Keres has already moved his king five times! Very patient positional play into the endgame against a top-flight opponent.
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  Chessical: After <15.c4> Keres seals the Q-side and has appears to have all the play. Vidmar's position collapses eventually through sclerotization rather than an obvious error.

Looking at how Rubinstein handled the position as Black - Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1926 - perhaps Vidmar could have used the <h> file to obtain some counter-play. For example:

<18... Kg7> 19. Kh2 Rh8 20. b3 h6 21. Rg1 Nb7 22. Bd2 Bd7

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