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Paul Keres vs Samuel Reshevsky
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), Hague NLD/Moscow RUS, rd 18, Apr-27
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Howell Attack (C81)  ·  0-1



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Jul-20-06  Maynard5: This is a rather unusual game, in that a strategic player like Reshevsky uses some nice tactics against an opponent who was known for his tactical play. The game actually goes through several phases. First, Black counterattacks on the kingside. Second, after the complications are over, Black has the two bishops. Finally, Black sacrifices the exchange to obtain a passed pawn.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Also interesting is the strange pawn sacrifice Reshevsky uses. Essentially, he sacs a pawn so his King can castle Queen side--which must be an extremely rare event in the Open Ruy. Note Reshevsky's judgment: the open a-file and the Knight on f6 do nothing for White.
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  DarthStapler: I think I saw this game in a book once
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <DarthStapler>, it might have been Soltis' book on the Art of Defense in Chess.
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  Calli: Very fine game by Sammy. In the next round, Euwe tried to repeat the attack, but Smyslov (and Soviet analysts?) had already found the counter 12.c4! Smyslov vs Euwe, 1948
Jun-18-10  outplayer: 26.Nxg4!? should be tried in this game. After 26...Rg8 27.Ne3 Rg2 28.Kg2 fritz 6 promises equal game for white.
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  Honza Cervenka: If black would be Botvinnik and I would be a conspiracy theorist, I would be tempted to cry that 31.c3?? is a clear evidence of Keres throwing game to Stalin's poster boy on orders and under death threats from NKVD. But as none of those conditions is fulfilled here, I have to limit myself on a rather trivial comment that Paul Keres was probably in quite poor shape then. Btw, 32...Bxc3 looks sufficient but why not simply 32...Bb6 with intention 33.Ne1 Rd2, which looks crushing?
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