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Paul Keres vs Vladimir Petrov
USSR Championship (1940), Moscow URS, rd 19, Oct-02
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit Keres Variation (C32)  ·  1-0



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Aug-10-12  Abdel Irada: <Upon further review...>

Batter me, fry me and serve me with a side of chips. In my line (5), I completely overlooked the deadly zwischenzug 23. ♕e8†. After the forced 23. ...♖f8, White obliterates Black's defenses in short order with 24. ♗xd5†, ♗e6; 25. ♗xe6†, ♔h7; 26. ♕e7†, ♖f7; 27. ♕xf7†, ♔h6; 28. ♕g7#.

Aug-10-12  LoveThatJoker: Tremendous! A GM Keres puzzle!

<21. Bc4! c6>

[21...Qxc4 22. Qe8+ Rf8 (22...Kh7 23. Qh8#) 23. Qg6#; 21...Nxe3 22. Rd8+ Kh7 23. Rh8#; 21...Qf4 22. Qxf4 Nxf4 (22...Rxf4 23. Bxd4+ ) 23. Bxf7+ Kxf7 24. Rhf1 as Black loses his N on f4]

<22. Rxd5 cxd5 23. Bxd5 Kf8>

The best of the available K moves. Had the K stayed on g8, White would have the dual threats of Qe8+ and Qh6; also, the f4 square would be taboo for Black's Q.

<24. Qh6+ Ke8>

(24...Ke7 25. Bxf7 as well )

<25. Bxf7 Kxf7 26. Qh7+> and White will win due to both Black's Q-side being undeveloped and White's R entering the battle decisively.


Aug-10-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: White's powerful Harrwitz bishops and active major pieces provide more than ample compensation for the two-pawn deficit. Black's biggest weakness is the back rank undefended by the Ra8 which is blocked by the undeveloped Bc8. (How often have we seen this?) Black threatens 21... Nxe3 (and can answer 21.Qe5 with 21... Qf4+), but as in yesterday's POTD, the threat against the queen can be ignored.

21.Bc4!! finishes elegantly, exploiting the overworked Q and Rf7:

A) 21... Nxe3 22.Rd8+ Kh7 23.Rh8#

B) 21... Qxc4 22.Qe8+ Rf8 (Kh7 23.Qh8#) 23.Qxg6#

C) 21... c6 22.Qe5! Qf4+ (22... Rh7 23.Qe8#) 23.Qxf4 Nxf4 24.Rd8+ Kh7 25.Rh8#

D) 21... Qe6 22.Qd4! Qe3+ (the double threat of Qh8# and Bxd5 can't be met) 23.Qxe3 Nxe3 24.Rd8+ etc

E) 21... Be6 22.Bxd5 Bxd5 23.Rxd5 wins a piece and the game.

Time for review...

Aug-10-12  Patriot: Black is up a few pawns for the bishop pair and threatens 21...Nxe3.

21.Qe8+ Rf8 22.Qxg6+ Qxg6 23.Bxg6 Nf4 looks interesting.

21.Qh6 Qf4+ makes it tough for white.

I'll go with the first line.

Aug-10-12  fokers13: <Patriot> Happy that someone came up with the first idea(even though i didn't put in as much effort as i should have),i believe thet position after Rg1 is quite promising for white despite being a pawn behind.
Aug-10-12  psmith: 21. Bc4 was actually easy to see… 21…. Nxe3 22. Rd8+ Kh7 23. Rh8#; 21…. Qxc4 22. Qe8+ Rf8 23. Qxg6#; 21…. c6 22. Rxd5 cxd5 23. Qe8+ Rf8 24. Bxd5+. Well, I missed a couple of variations, but I'll count it.
Aug-10-12  PizzatheHut: How does white continue on 19...Nxd3+ followed by 20...Bxe6?
Aug-10-12  James D Flynn: Black is 2 pawns up but his K appears somewhat exposed to the bishop pair. White’s immediate concern is the black N attack on the White Q, therefore a Q move appears forced: candidates 21.Qh6, Qe5,Qc5. 21.Qh6 Qf4+ 22.Qxf4 Nxf4 23.Bc4 Be6 and the position is simplified with Black retaining his material advantage. 21.Qe5 Qf4+ transposes to the Qh6line.
21.Qc5 Be6 22.Bxg6 Qxg6 23.Rhg1 Bg4 24.Rxd5 Kh7 25.Rg5 Qf4+ 26.Kb1(threat Rxh5+) Qh6 27.Rxg4 hxg4 28.Rh5 and White will enter the end with Q and B versus 2 Rs and mating threats eg.Qxh5 29.Qxh5+ Kg8 30.Qh8# or Rg8 29 Bc1 Qxh5 30.Qxh5+ Kg7 31.Qh6#.
Aug-10-12  Babes: @PizzatheHut White plays 20. cxd3 and if 20...Bxe6 then 21. Qh6 f6 22. Rhg1-g6-f6 is game over. 20...Qxe6 runs into basically the same thing, and against 20...fxe6 21. Rdf1 looks like the way to go, and with opposite color bishops, Black's weak dark squares, and the pitiful state of Black's queenside, White's attack should be far too powerful.
Aug-10-12  Marmot PFL: This was one of the most difficult puzzles in a while, as there were many candidates. I ruled out Bc4 not because of Nxe3 Rd8+ etc, but because black had Qxc4 or c6. White can answer both I didn't look far enough. Instead I would settle for the ending 21 Qe8+ Rf8 22 Qxg6+ Qxg6 23 Bxg6 and Rg1, but that is probably just a draw.
Aug-10-12  Blunderdome: Played Bc4 but only analyzed Nxe3 and Qxc4, didn't really think about c6.
Aug-10-12  KingV93: Good puzzle. I saw the mating idea but not the how to implement it. Gotta look a little harder.

I also like this one as I have been playing the Kings Gambit a lot and have been getting the Falkbeer in response and have been searching for the best way to respond. I'll have to try 4.d3 and work on getting out of the opening with better success. I have scored some wins against it but it is a good response to 2.f4

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  LIFE Master AJ: 21.Bc4! looks good. Pins the Rook on f7, so If NxQ, then Rd8+ and mates.

One of the things that I tell my students all the time is when you get a promising position, look to get all of your pieces involved in the attack.

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  kevin86: 21 Bc4!! was brilliant. The queen is immune and the attack proceeds.
Aug-10-12  David2009: Keres vs V Petrov, 1940 White 21?

21 Bc4 GOOT! seeing Qxc4 22.Qe8+ Rf8 (or Kh7 23.Qh8#) 23.Qxg6#, or Nxe3 22.Rd8+ Kh7 (forced since the Rf7 is now pinned) Rh8#. Black can stave off mate by surrendering material with 21...Be6. Time to check:
Well, I have learned something today. Not so much about tactics as about the perils of over-confident transpositions in Rook endings. I set the puzzle position

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(Keres vs V Petrov 1940 21?) up on Craft End Game Trainer: and bashed out the following moves without much thought:

21.Bc4 Be6 22.Rxd5 Qxc4 23.Qxe6 Qc6 24.Qxc6 bxc6 25.Rg5 Kh7 26.Rhg1 Rg8 27.Ra5 Rf4 28.Rxa7 Rxh4 29.Rxc7+ Kh6 30.Rxc6 Rg4 31.Rxg4 hxg4 32.Be5 Re8 33.Bg3 Kh5 34.Rc5+ g5 35.Bf4 Re4 36.Bxg5 g3 37.Bf4+ Kg4 38.Bxg3 Kxg3 39.Rf5 Kg4 to reach with White to play:

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(Keres vs V Petrov 1940 var, 40?) With the Black King cut off this is an easy White endgame win right? Wrong - you try it! Further Crafty EGT link to the second diagram:

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  Jimfromprovidence: I saw 21 Bc4 Be6 22 Bxd5 Bxd5 23 Rhg1!

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One reasonable continuation is 23...Bg2 24 Qh6.

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Black now has to trade queens and is losing after 24...Qf4+ 25 Qxf4 Rxf4 26 Rxg2.

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White threatens Rxg6+ as well as Rd7.

Aug-10-12  Chessdreamer: Presumably Black actually resigned after 23.Qe8+ 1-0.
Aug-10-12  backrank: <Chessdreamer: Presumably Black actually resigned after 23.Qe8+>

According to Reinfeld, he did so.

Aug-10-12  Patriot: <<fokers13>: <Patriot> Happy that someone came up with the first idea(even though i didn't put in as much effort as i should have),i believe thet position after Rg1 is quite promising for white despite being a pawn behind.> Thanks! It doesn't look bad at all. Houdini gives white a slight advantage. But of course it says white is winning by a big margin after 21.Bc4.
Aug-10-12  Patriot: <LMAJ> <One of the things that I tell my students all the time is when you get a promising position, look to get all of your pieces involved in the attack.> Good advice!
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  perfidious: One fine way for the aspiring player to learn how to get all their pieces in on the party is by playing through some of the early attacking masterpieces of Keres and Kasparov.
Feb-12-13  jerseybob: And what a happy moment for these two proud Baltic players, playing under the Soviet boot in their first USSR Championship!
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  HeMateMe: A lot of balts emigrate to the USA. I wonder if Keres ever thought of defecting to the west?
Feb-12-13  jerseybob: I've met a number of them down through the years. They're great people, and they play great chess.
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  tpstar: After 14 ... Nc6:

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A nice video by FM Valeri Lilov explaining White's middlegame planning and attack:

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