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Robert Eugene Byrne vs Paul Keres
URS-USA (1955), Moscow URS, rd 3, Jul-03
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Paulsen Defense Deferred (C39)  ·  0-1

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Jul-05-10
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  Chessdreamer: The game score requires correction.
61...c3 62.Nd3 Bxd3+ 63.Kxd3 Kb6 64.Kc2 Ka5 65.Kb3 Be5 66.Kc2 Kxa4 0-1.
May-27-12  GilesFarnaby: If someone could take an engine look to 40.a4 I would be much obliged.
May-27-12
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  tamar: <GilesFarnaby> 40 a4 h4 41 b5+ Kb7 42 gxh4 Bxh4 43 a5 Bf2 44 Be3 Bxe3+ 45 Kxd3 f5 46 Kf4 -.31/27 Houdini 1.5 on 3 CPU's


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Pretty sure this is a positional draw, as White can toggle between g3 and f4 with the King, and the Black King cannot help.

Looking at the game for help in seeing why 40 a4 is superior, Black cannot engineer the pin on c3 with Ba5 after 40 a4, which caused Byrne so many problems.

For example, 40...Bd8 41 a5 Kb7 42 Nd5 f5 43 Be5 Be4 44 Nf6 h4 45 Nxe4 fxe4 46 gxh4 Bxh4 47 b5 Bf2 48 Ke2


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May-27-12
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  beatgiant: <tamar>
Very interesting! But, after 40. a4, how about <40...Be7> hoping to induce b5+ similar to the actual game?
May-27-12
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  tamar: Hey, you're right. I didn't see how Black could get that pin on c3 in. But White still seems to draw.

40 a4 Be7 41 b5+ Kb7 42 a5 Bb4 43 a6+ Kb6 44 Be3+ Ka5 45 Bf4 (threat Bc7+) when Black has no better than to exchange into a drawn bishop of opposite ending

The only difference I see is that the pawn gets to a6 by force when White starts with 40 a4 instead of 40 b5+ Kb7 41 a4

That would mark Keres' 41...Bd8 as a key move keeping winning chances.

May-27-12  GilesFarnaby: Thank you both: not only the analysis was helpful, but the commentaries as well.
May-27-12  RookFile: Interesting game with unusual play.
May-27-12  Marmot PFL: How did the knight turn into a bishop?
Mar-30-17
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  perfidious: <Marmot: How did the knight turn into a bishop?>

No idea, but wish I had that kind of talent.

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