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Paul Keres vs Konstantin Klaman
USSR Championship (1947), Leningrad URS, rd 4, Feb-07
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: If 26.Bxd8, then 26...Bxf2+ 27.Nxf2 (27.Kxf2 Qd4+ 28.Kf3 Bxe4+ 29.Bxe4 Qxd8 ) 27...Rxe2 28.Kf1 (28.Kg2 Qe3 29.Qf1 Rxf2+ 30.Qxf2 Bh3+ ; 28.Ne4 Qd4+ 29.Kh1 Bxe4+ or 29.Kf1 Rxh2 ) 28...Ra2 29.g4 (29.Kg2 Qe3 etc.) 29...Ra1 30.gxf5 Rxd1+ 31.Nxd1 Qxh2 with better endgame for black.
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  Chessical: This game won Klaman a prize for the best game from the magazine "Chess in the USSR" (whose panel consisted of A.Konstantinopolsky, A.Kotov and P.Romanovsky).
Oct-12-16  PhilFeeley: He beat the top finisher while coming in 2nd last. How does that make sense?
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  perfidious: Klaman also inflicted the only defeat on Bondarevsky, but could win only four games in all.
Dec-23-18  siggemannen: 23.Bd6 might be better?
After 23...Bd4 24.Rf2 white exchanges a few pieces off
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  Chessical: "At the beginning of the USSR Championship (1947), in Leningrad, party members suddenly made an official complaint in which Keres was again called <Fascist>...

In 1982, Mikhail M Yudovich Sr. confirmed to me (Sergey Voronkov): Yes, there was a complaint ... "

After defeating Keres, the Leningrad master Konstantin Klaman exclaimed:<"Well, guys, I killed a Fascist!> "People who knew Klaman believe that he was joking. But at the time it was no joke."


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  whiteshark: <party members suddenly made an official complaint in which Keres was again called <Fascist>...> That could have been a fatal accusation at the time. And you don't make jokes about that.
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  perfidious: Keres survived his ordeal with Soviet authorities in 1945-46 by a hair's breadth; a master of lesser stature, such as Bohatyrchuk, may well have wound up on the gallows. It will be remembered that Bohatyrchuk spent time in a displaced persons camp under an alias in one of the western zones of Germany before emigrating to Canada.

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