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Genrikh Kasparian vs Paul Keres
USSR Championship (1947), Leningrad URS, rd 1, Feb-02
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1

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Feb-27-08  Whitehat1963: Why does white seem to fear taking black's b-pawn?
Feb-27-08  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Whitehat1963> Interesting you mention it - since that pawn eventually ruined white's game anyway.
May-13-08  Whitehat1963: A different kind of Monday/Tuesday puzzle after 29. Qc6. Lots of options, but which ones win?
Dec-09-08  chocobonbon: He probably feared opening the B-file to Black's Rook what with the ♗ on g7 already trained on b2.
Aug-07-11
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  Oginschile: 16. b3 seems to leave white with an advantage, casting doubt on 14... Bxc2. Computer seems to like 16. b3 with (.78) for white. Second best was the text 16. Nd2 at (-.56). Seems white was going to have several "only" moves to keep the advantage, or fall into disadvantage. Probably a good bet by Keres to play it anyway, even if technically incorrect.
Aug-07-11
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  Oginschile: on 19. Qxb4 Rb8 leaves a dangerous attack on the b2 pawn when the queen moves. Computer assess the position in black's favor around (-5.00) (offering 20. Qxb8 Qxb8 21. b4) as white's best continuation.

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