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Paul Keres vs Paul Schmidt
Parnu m (1936), rd 2, May-02
English Opening: King's English. Mazedonisch (A25)  ·  0-1



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Apr-27-04  bumpmobile: This is a game for all of those Queen sacrifice collections. Really an amazing game. Keres' development looks awful by about move 9. However, I think Keres could have gotten at least even in material if he had given the queen back with 20. Qxc4 Ngxe3 21. Kxd2 Nxc4+ 22 Ke1. He then has a chance to develop his thus far impotent kingside pieces. This is probably a ridiculous option, but what do all of you more experienced players think?
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  tpstar: A brilliant Queen for Bishop sacrifice with a sparkling finish. bumpmobile's line looks better than the game continuation, although White has a gloomy endgame after 22 ... d5. Maybe 22. Qxb8!? Rxb8 23. Nxe4 Rb2 24. Kf3 might have held.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The most spectacular move of this most spectacular game is the "unspectacular" 18...cxd6!!
Apr-07-05  GazoGypsy: I haven't more than a quick glace at this game. So I can't speak for the tactical soundness, or the alternate lines.

What I do notice is the psychological aspect. Just when white thinks he's got an upperhand here comes black counter attacking like a bumbling oaf who stumbles in to a victory.

Shear madness/genius!!!

Jul-12-11  number 23 NBer: In The Complete Games of Paul Keres, he describes this game by writing: "After a comparatively easy win in the first game I won a piece in the second by a simple combination. In consequence I regarded the issue as already settled and started to play rather superficially. Schmidt, on the other hand, utilised the chances offered to him in exemplary fashion, complicated matters by a surprise Queen sacrifice, and after further inaccuracies on my part he even achieved a win in the end."
Mar-17-14  Captain Hindsight: Better would have been <16.Nd4!> and white wins a second piece.

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