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Antonio Angel Medina Garcia vs Paul Keres
Madrid (1943), Madrid ESP, rd 1, Oct-04
Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-02-14  offramp: Alekhine annotated this game in Game Collection: "107 Great Chess Battles: 1939-1945" by Alekhine. It is a fascinating encounter with a very complicated middle sequence.

Black plays 17...Bg4.

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Black is a pawn up (the pawn white gave up in this Scotch Gambit) and looks to be doing quite well; he has already made contact with his kingside pawns.

White hurries to continue the pawn storm of his own and plays 18.c4! <Alekhine: Well played! If 18...Qxc4 then simply 19.Ned2 and white wins two pieces for the rook>.

There follows 18...Qf5 19.b5 (<Me: an alternative is 19.Bxc7 followed by Ng3 ΔRxe7,Nxf5 >) and now 19...Bxf3.

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Oddly, this bishop stays en prise on f3 for 9 moves.

White plays 20.bxc6! A crucial moment. Should black now have played the simple recapture 20...bxc6? White would have replied 21.Nc5 -

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- and that's complicated.

Instead, after 20...d3, the game simplified quite quickly.

After 20...d3

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And 7 moves later after 27...gxh4:

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21...Kb8 seems to have been a miscalculation; it loses a tempo. Did Keres miss 22.Bxc7+?

Keres does not play well after about move 30. Perhaps he was in time trouble. In the final position

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he is a pawn down. But his opponent, who had played so very well throughout, offered him a draw!

Jan-09-16  clement41: Interesting game
Jan-09-16  clement41: 20...Bxe2 21 Qb1!! (Alekhine)

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