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Paul Keres vs Boris Spassky
"Keres Weight" (game of the day Mar-10-2018)
Spassky - Keres Candidates Quarterfinal (1965), Riga URS, rd 8, Apr-18
Nimzo-Indian Defense: St. Petersburg Variation (E43)  ·  1-0



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Feb-06-05  RookFile: I don't know why this is called the
Fischer variation. Offhand, I know
of the game Reshevsky - Alekhine
from the 1930's with the same opening,
and there are probably a dozen other
examples. Fischer wasn't even born
at that time.
Oct-28-10  say it with a smile: 18.d5! if 18..e5 then 19.Bb2 Black's
queen-side white squares are wide open.
And the queen-side knight might as well
not be there. Black has been squeezed
very hard. Great game by Kere. *Spassky
was one very tough opponent in the 60's.
Sep-19-11  Meister326: This was a great game by the genius Keres, who could have won the championship.
Oct-11-12  Gambit All: OK - someone please explain the ending...move by move if you don't mind
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  perfidious: White's immediate threat is 26.Bf1. If Spassky had played on with 25....Ng7 to create a bolt-hole for the queen, ruination would have come from another quarter with 26.Be4.
Oct-11-12  Olavi: Or even 25...Ng7 26.Bxg6+.
Nov-02-16  Moszkowski012273: Definitely 26.Bxg6+...
Jan-01-17  cunctatorg: Happy new year! Imho Raymond Keen and then CG have recently adopted the name "Fischer variation" instead of the older "Saint Petersburg variation" (at least Alekhine and Nimzowitsch had played this variation -as Black- during the relevant 1914 famous tournament) or Kasparov's/Keen's BCO "Nimzowitsch variation" name!

I wonder who was the first player that had adopted that variation back at 1914; Aron Nimzowitsch or AAA?

Jan-01-17  cunctatorg: By the way a lovely attacking masterpiece by Paul Keres back at 1965, namely when I was just one year old and a certain (!!) Paul Keres just 49 years old...

For the history Victor Korchnoi (at the 1976 edition of his "Chess is my life", that is before Garry Kasparov's rise...) had stated that he considered the true masters of the attack to be Alekhine, Keres and Spassky, not a certain Mikhail ... whom he considered "a stereotyped attacker" ... because Korchnoi himself had been a miraculous defender!!

Well, at this very game Boris Spassky (who might be not in the same opinion with Victor the Terrible) did his best to secure a draw but he had to resign after Keres' 25th move!... Happy new year again!

Mar-10-18  weary willy: Please could someone explain the (presumed) pun "Keres weight"? As ever with these puns, a lot depends on how the originator has decided the players' names should be pronounced - I had understood that this was "Ke-rez".
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  OhioChessFan: "Carries Weight", a phrase with a lot of nuances. "That carries weight with me" might mean "It's important to me", or "You're making a good point", etc. When you want a person to do their fair share of a job, you'll tell them they need to carry their own weight. A lot of other similar usages.
Mar-10-18  weary willy: Thanks OCF - pun seems a bit of a stretch - but your point carries weight.
Mar-10-18  sfm: Two inconspicuous brilliant moves:
12.Rg1!! and 15.Rf1!!
After 17.f3 it is clear that White has all the fun. The rest of the game is Black being an overpowered boxer who still hangs around, hoping to hit with some lucky punch through a failing parade, that never comes.
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: the ending is the last two moves
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: then you get the final position
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: militarised heffalumps; france
Mar-10-18  dumbgai: Am I a dumb guy for pronouncing Keres as “keers”?
Mar-10-18  newzild: <<say it with a smile>: 18.d5! if 18..e5 then 19.Bb2 Black's queen-side white squares are wide open.>

After 18. d5 e5, 19. Bb2 d6 20. Qa4+, I wonder if Black can regroup with 21...Nfd7!? followed by 22...Ke7 and 23...Nc5, when the pawn structure might suit the knights.

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  ChessHigherCat: <dumbgai: Am I a dumb guy for pronouncing Keres as “keers”?>

Get out your bong and listen to this six times.

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  FSR: Keres Weight ~ Carries Weight? That seems like a silly pun. As you all know, I am very much opposed to silly puns.
Mar-10-18  Tomlinsky: Keresmatic?
Mar-22-18  tgyuid:
Dec-25-19  edubueno: 14.Ba3!
A new and good move in this position.
'Official theory' recommends here 14.Bb2 Ne4 15.Rf1 Nc6 16.Be2 Qh3 17.d5 Na5 18.dxe6, as occurred in the game Taimanov-Klyuger (Budapest, 1961). This game was won by White. However, instead of 17...Na5, better is 17...Ne7, as advised by ex-World Champion Max Euwe.
Mar-30-21  tympsa: This can be called as entrapment.10 ... Qf5+ ? was tempting, but of course there was no win there. Black was too undeveloped to get it done with queen and one knight. With queen trapped soon there was no hope at all . This was almost as bad loss for Spassky as was in 1955, when he was badly beaten by Keres queen sacrifice . But Keres was too old to deliver many games like that and lost quarterfinal.
Feb-20-22  jerseybob: My impression at the time of this game, and it still is, was that Boris, with a 2-game lead, was taking Keres lightly, a mistake against any opponent!
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