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David Bronstein vs Paul Keres
Training Match Tournament (1952), USSR
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense (C83)  ·  1-0

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Nov-21-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Bronstein absolutely dominated Keres in this game since he traded the rook.
Jun-18-11
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  Everett: 11.Nd4 is a pawn sac well-suited to Bronstein's style.

19.Rxe6! Black's pieces are given no time to coordinate.

38.f6 takes away an escape square for the Black king.

Mar-22-14  tranquilsimplicity: Rxe6! This is an initiative maintaining sacrifice. With the initiative Bronstein was unstoppable.♥
Mar-22-14  ughaibu: Come on, Keres was ordered to lose. How else can you explain his score against Bronstein? Even Kasparov says that the strongest player not to become world champion was "obviously Keres".
Mar-22-14
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  plang: <even Kasparov says that the strongest player not to become world champion was "obviously Keres".>

maybe so but Kasparov would never dishonor his memory or the game of chess by accusing him of losing on purpose.

Mar-22-14  Petrosianic: You're entitled to believe something with no evidence behind it, but you can't really demand that others accept it too.

Keres had a very erratic history in the final rounds of Candidates tournaments. I could give you the details, but it might be a good idea to do the legwork yourself. You might learn something.

Mar-22-14
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  perfidious: <ugh-haibu: Come on, Keres was ordered to lose.....>

This post was made by someone who has no sense whatever of honour and cares not one whit about facts, but spews out rubbish with an insufferable air.

The recent six-week vacation he took from here was most welcome; may he leave again, for much longer.

Mar-22-14  Edeltalent: <Rxe6! This is an initiative maintaining sacrifice.> It's not really a sacrifice, more like a material gain :-)
Mar-22-14  ughaibu: The Kremlin meeting at which I would really like to have been a fly on the wall was the one when they decided to order Keres to lose to Benko, at Curacao, 1962.

But, comrade, Benko isn't just an American, he's an escapee from Hungary!

So what, Botvinnik must win!

But, Keres almost always loses to Botvinnik, why do we want the Armenian peasant (as the Granta loser might say) to play for the title?

Do you know at what time the next train leaves for Siberia?

I get your drift, even if it isn't a snow drift, beloved and most highly respected comrade.

So, the motion is carried, unanimously. You! Go and tell Keres to lose to Benko.

Mar-22-14
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  perfidious: That story is almost comical, unlike he who tells it.
Mar-22-14  Petrosianic: Since the meeting happened in your dreams, you can be there every night if you like. And if you eat enough pepperoni pizza before bedtime.

Of course bad sportsmanship cuts both ways. I've heard it suggested (by non-Americans) that Fischer's 11-0 in the 1963/4 Championship was the result of multiple thrown games (the last round game against Saidy seems particularly suspect). I tell them what I tell you; that there's no evidence for the theory, but you know how people are when they want to believe something.

In any case, Curacao certainly has nothing to do with a game played 10 years earlier.

Mar-22-14  ewan14: It is a fact that Keres was arrested when the Soviets re - invaded Estonia so his life was in danger at least until Stalin died

This would at least have an unconscious detrimental effect on his chess

Mar-22-14
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  perfidious: <....I've heard it suggested (by non-Americans) that Fischer's 11-0 in the 1963/4 Championship was the result of multiple thrown games (the last round game against Saidy seems particularly suspect)....>

This is a new one on me-one would imagine that another of the obvious 'thrown games' would be from the very first round vs Mednis.

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