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Paul Keres vs Nikolay Tikhonovich Sorokin
Parnu (1960), rd 7, Jun-29
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-14-02  knight: Black probably overlooked the double attack move Qb1.
Jul-02-14  estrick: Sorokin deviates from the book with 10 ...Nxc3. Out of 40 possible moves Black could make at this point, Fritz rates it 31st, with an evaluation of +1.16 in favor of White.

Keres steadily increases his advantage over Sorokin over the next few moves. After 14 ...Na5, the computer evaluation is +2.08 in favor of White. Keres plays somewhat inaccurately over the next three moves, so the evaluation is down to 1.53 after 17. Ba6. But Sorokin returns the favor with 17 ...Rb8 (+2.11) when Rc7 was indicated (+1.7). After 20 ...f5? Keres' advantage is +2.43

On move 22, putting the rook behind the passed c-pawn and threatening to push it up the board gets an evaluation of +2.72, while 22. Rb1 is only evaluated at 1.94

On move 24, Fritz rates Qc2 & Qd2 as slightly better than what Keres played. But versus a human opponent, 24. Rb8 is probably more upsetting and discouraging. Black could have retreated his queen to e7 or even g5 and held on longer. 24 ...Qxb8, indicates that he was totally unnerved. The evaluation goes from 1.78 to 3.46, and the result is a foregone conclusion.

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