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A F Stimson vs Raymond Keene
Battersea Club Championship (1963), Battersea (ENG), Jul-01
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)  ·  0-1



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  Check It Out: What's the deal with 33.f4? Was the guy simply a poor player or was he irritated?
Jul-23-12  Shams: <Check It Out> Is there a different losing move you find more aesthetic?
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  FSR: <Check It Out: What's the deal with 33.f4? Was the guy simply a poor player or was he irritated?>

None of the above. White is dead lost, of course, but he has one slight swindling chance if Black is so naive as to ignore White's demonstration on the king-side. Personally, I would have tried 33.g5 with the same idea rather than allowing 33...fxg4. But here is what White was hoping for: 33.f4 a5 34.g5 a4 35.f5! (diagram)

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Black still wins easily <if> he plays 35...g6! or 35...Kc5. Grabbing the pawn with 35...exf5?? <loses>: 36.g6! fxg6 37.e6 a3 (diagram)

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Now White is winning, but he has to play the right move!

38.Kc1!▢ Kc3 39.Kb1!▢ and wins. <Not> 38.Kc2?? d4! 39.e7 d3+! 40.Kxd3 a2 41.e8(Q) a1(Q) 42.Qe7+ Kb5!▢ 43.Qb7+ Kc5 44.Qc7+ Kd5 45.Qd7+ Kc5! (45...Ke5?? 46.Qxg7+ 1-0) and it's a draw by perpetual. Note that even in this subvariation Black could lose trivially with 42...Ka4/a5?? 43.Qa7+ or more subtly with 42...Kb3?? (diagram)

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Despite Black's three extra pawns, he loses: 43.Qb7+ Ka3 44.Qa6+ Kb2 45.Qb5+ Ka3 (45...Kc1 46.Qc5+ Kb2 47.Qb4+ wins) 46.Qa5+ Kb2 47.Qb4+ Ka2 48.Kc2! 1-0

Returning to the first diagram - also weak, albeit not losing, is 35...a3? 36.g6! fxg6 37.fxe6 (37.f6!? is also interesting, when White has to find the only winning line 37...gxf6 38.exf6 a2 39.f7 a1(Q) 40.f8(Q)+ Kc4!▢ (40...Kb5?? 41.Qb8+! Kc5 42.Qc7+! draws by perpetual; Black's other moves, 40...Kb3??, 40...Ka5??, and 40...Ka4??, all lose) 41.Qc8+ Kd4!▢ 42.Qh8+ e5▢ and wins.) a2 38.e7 a1(Q) 39.e8(Q) (diagram)

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Black is up two pawns, but White has the farther advanced passed pawn. Houdini 3 assesses the position as -1.20.

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  Check It Out: <Shams> I just assumed the game was over and white played a throw away move, but now I see from <FSR>'s analysis that there were still swindles in the position for white.
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  FSR: I do think that 33.g5 was a better way to try to implement the swindle. But in any event I doubt that there is any chance that even the young Keene (who was probably at least 2200 strength by that point) would have fallen into it.
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  HeMateMe: Nice work, <FSR>. The pawn wave is pretty familiar in endgame play, Keene eliminated the swindle opportunity early.
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