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Raymond Keene vs Werner Reichenbach
"Reichenbach Falls" (game of the day Nov-10-2009)
FRG-ch International (1975), Mannheim FRG, rd 1, Mar-??
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack: General (A06)  ·  1-0



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  playground player: Chess masters aren't supposed to be shot down by Knight forks in the endgame, are they? Never mind that it happens all the time! See Alekhine do it to Reti, Reti vs Alekhine, 1925
Nov-10-09  abstract: 24. bxc6 ?? why not can anybody tell me?
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  sfm: <abstract: 24. bxc6 ?? why not can anybody tell me?> Did you look at 24.-,Qxc6 and what happens if White then takes the rook? ;-)
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  ray keene: Keene vs R Mallee, 1975

one of the curious things about this is that i played two very similar games in rounds 1 and 2 of the international german championship where this game took place-the other was against mallee in exactly the same opening and the games were played on consecutive days. of course the black position is critical when he blunders with ...Rf8 but its all over bar the shouting then anyway since blacks entire king side pawn mass is under severe attack. i number these two wins as being amongst my best purely strategic crushes.

of course the pun is from conan doyles < final solution> story where sherlock holmes battles prof moriarty on the precipice of the reichenbach falls-i just cdnt get this out of my mind when playing the game and congrats also for noting the end of the <dying detective> story where holmes and watson go for something nutritious at simpsons having foiled the dastardly expert in oriental diseases-- by a cunning simulation of the illness.

Nov-10-09  WhiteRook48: 36...Rb8 looks pretty bad
Nov-10-09  RandomVisitor: 4 minutes per move:

Raymond Keene - Werner Reichenbach

FRG-ch int Mannheim (1), 1975

[Rybka 3 ]

1.Nf3 d5 2.b3 Nf6 3.Bb2 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 c5 7.c4 d4 8.b4 Nfd7 9.bxc5 Nxc5 10.d3 Nc6 11.Nbd2 Re8 12.a4 e5 last book move

13.Nb3 -0.02/19 Ne6= 0.25/19
[Rybka 3 : 13...Nxb3 14.Qxb3 e4 15.Nd2 exd3 16.exd3 Na5 17.Qc2 Bd7 18.Rfe1 Bc6 19.Rxe8+ Qxe8 20.Bxc6 Nxc6 21.Nf3 Qd7 22.Re1 Qf5 23.Qe2 Nb4 24.Bxd4 Nxd3= -0.02/19 ]

14.Ba3= 0.10/19
[Rybka 3 : 14.a5 Qc7 15.Nfd2 Bf8 16.e3 Rb8 17.Bd5 Bg7 18.Ne4 f5 19.Nec5= 0.25/19 ]

14...Rb8= 0.24/18
[Rybka 3 : 14...Qc7 15.Nfd2 Rd8 16.Rb1 h6 17.Qc2 Rb8 18.Ne4 f5= 0.10/19 ]

15.Nfd2= 0.10/20
[Rybka 3 : 15.Rb1 Qc7 16.Qd2 h6 17.Qc2 Rd8 18.h4 b6 19.c5 bxc5 20.Nxc5 Rxb1 21.Rxb1 Nxc5 22.Bxc5 Na5 23.Rc1 Be6 24.Ba3 Qxc2 25.Rxc2 Nb3= 0.24/18 ]

15...Bf8= 0.19/20
[Rybka 3 : 15...Qc7 16.Qc2 Rd8 17.Rab1 h6 18.Ne4 f5 19.Nec5 b6 20.Nxe6 Bxe6 21.Rfc1 a6 22.Nd2 Bf6 23.Bd5 Qd7 24.Rb2= 0.10/20 ]

16.Bxf8= 0.00/19
[Rybka 3 : 16.c5 Nc7 17.Nc4 Be6 18.Nd6 Re7 19.Nd2 Nd5 20.N2e4 Rd7 21.Qd2 Be7 22.h4 b6 23.Nc4 bxc5 24.Bxc5 Rdb7 25.Rac1 Rb3 26.Bxe7 Qxe7 27.h5= 0.19/20 ]

16...Kxf8 0.30/19
[Rybka 3 : 16...Rxf8 17.Qb1 Qe7 18.Qb2 Nb4 19.Rab1 Nc6 20.a5 Nc7 21.Ne4 Ne6 22.Ned2 Nc7 23.Ne4 Ne6 24.Ned2 Nc7 25.Ne4 Ne6 26.Ned2 Nc7 27.Ne4 Ne6 28.Ned2 Nc7 29.Ne4 Ne6 30.Ned2 Nc7 31.Ne4 Ne6= 0.00/19 ]

17.a5= 0.15/20
[Rybka 3 : 17.Qc1 Qe7 18.c5 Rd8 19.Rb1 Bd7 20.Nc4 Nxc5 21.Nxe5 Nxe5 22.Nxc5 Bc6 23.Bxc6 bxc6 24.Qc2 Kg7 25.Rfc1 Re8 26.Rxb8 Rxb8 27.h3 0.30/19 ]

17...Nb4 0.33/19
[Rybka 3 : 17...Bd7 18.Qc1 Qe7 19.Qa3 Nb4 20.Rab1 f5 21.Nf3 Nc6= 0.15/20 ]

18.Qc1= 0.15/19
[Rybka 3 : 18.Nf3 Nc6 19.Qc1 Kg7 20.Qa3 Qe7 21.Qxe7 Rxe7 22.Rfb1 Bd7 23.Nfd2 Ncd8 24.Ne4 f6 25.Nbc5 Bc6 26.Na6 Ra8 27.Nb4 Bxe4 28.Bxe4 Nc5 29.Bg2 0.33/19 ]

Nov-10-09  RandomVisitor: continued:

18...Kg7 0.51/20
[Rybka 3 : 18...Qe7 19.Qa3 Bd7 20.Rab1 f5 21.Nf3 Nc6 22.Qxe7+ Rxe7 23.Nfd2 Nb4 24.Rb2 Bc6 25.Nf3 Bxf3 26.Bxf3 Na6= 0.15/19 ]

19.Qb2 0.31/18 Nc6 0.76/20
[Rybka 3 : 19...f6 20.Rab1 b6 21.axb6 axb6 22.Na1 Na6 23.Nc2 Nec5 24.Ra1 Bg4 25.Rfe1 Qd7 26.Nb4 Nxb4 27.Qxb4 Rec8 0.31/18 ]

20.a6 0.53/19
[Rybka 3 : 20.Qa3 Qd7 21.Ne4 b6 22.axb6 axb6 23.Nd6 Rd8 24.Nxc8 Rdxc8 25.Rfb1 Rc7 26.Nd2 f5 27.Qb2 Nc5 28.Qb5 Qd6 29.Ra2 Na7 30.Qb2 0.76/20 ]

20...Qc7 0.66/21
21.axb7 0.66/20 Bxb7 0.89/19
[Rybka 3 : 21...Rxb7 22.Qa3 Rb6 23.Ne4 Rd8 24.Nbc5 Nxc5 25.Qxc5 h6 26.h3 f5 27.Nd2 Rd7 28.Rfb1 Nd8 29.Rb5 Rxb5 30.Qxb5 Re7 31.Bd5 Ne6 32.Nf3 Nc5 0.66/20 ]

22.Qa3 0.69/19 Ba8 0.85/20
23.Rfb1 0.79/20 Rb4 0.79/22
24.Bd5 0.79/20 Qe7 0.79/20
25.Na5 0.32/23
[Rybka 3 : 25.Re1 Reb8 26.Bxe6 fxe6 27.f3 Qf8 28.Qa2 R8b7 29.Qc2 h6 30.Reb1 Qb8 31.Kf2 Nd8 32.h3 Rc7 33.Kg2 Nf7 0.79/20 ]

25...Rxb1+ 0.32/23
26.Nxb1 0.16/21 Qxa3 0.32/24
[Rybka 3 : 26...Nb4 27.Bxa8 Rxa8 28.Nd2 Nd8 29.Qc1 Rc8 30.Nab3 Rb8 31.c5 Nd5 32.Qc4 Qd7 33.Ne4 Rb4 34.Qc2 Ra4 35.Qb2 Ne6 36.h4 f5 37.Nd6= 0.16/21 ]

27.Rxa3 0.24/23 Nxa5 1.29/24
[Rybka 3 : 27...Nb4 28.Bxe6 Rxe6 29.Nb3= 0.24/23 ]

28.Rxa5 1.22/22 Bxd5 1.31/25
29.cxd5 1.21/24 Nf8 1.28/21
30.Rxa7 1.21/23 Rd8 1.31/27
31.Ra5 1.31/25 Nd7 1.31/26
32.Nd2 1.27/24 Nb6 1.31/23
33.Nc4 0.98/25 Nxd5 1.91/23
[Rybka 3 : 33...Rxd5 34.Rxd5 Nxd5 35.Nxe5 Nc3 36.Kf1 Nb5 37.Nd7 f6 38.e4 dxe3 39.fxe3 f5 40.Ke2 Kf7 41.d4 Ke7 42.Nc5 Nc3+ 43.Kd3 Nd5 44.e4 0.98/25 ]

34.Nxe5 1.86/21 Nc3 2.02/24
35.Ra7 1.86/21 Kf6? 3.37/22
[Rybka 3 : 35...Rb8 36.Rxf7+ Kg8 37.Rd7 Rb1+ 38.Kg2 Nxe2 39.h4 Rb5 40.f4 Rb2 41.Kf3 Ng1+ 42.Kg4 Ne2 43.Rc7 Rb6 44.Kf3 Nc3 45.Rd7 1.86/21 ]

36.f4 2.97/20 Rb8? 8.21/17
[Rybka 3 : 36...Ke6 37.Nxf7 Rb8 38.Ng5+ Kd5 39.Re7 Kd6 40.Re6+ Kd7 41.Re5 h6 42.Ne6 g5 43.Nxd4 Rb4 44.Ne6 Kd6 45.d4 gxf4 46.gxf4 Rb1+ 47.Kg2 Re1 48.e3 2.97/20 ]

37.Nd7+ 8.12/18 1-0

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  HeMateMe: <ray keene> well, actually, the story is titled "The Final Problem" I think Holmes returns to his beloved London sitting rooms, by way of Afghanistan (the British have a little history there) and Russia, solving a few cases along the way, and then approaches Watson in the guise of an elderly book dealer, which almost causes the long suffering Watson to experience heart failure.


Nov-10-09  GreenFacedPatzer: It strikes me that black's last blunder diminishes the game. It's easy to look at it and say, "Oh, black just hung his rook and stupidly lost the game." In truth, black was completely lost by move 36, regardless of what he did.

That's still not a particularly good reason to throw away a rook, of course.

Nov-10-09  Jim Bartle: Supposedly Holmes stayed hidden for a few years to avoid being killed by Moriarty's henchman Colonel Moran. I think he returns in "The Adventure of the Empty House."
Nov-10-09  GMMandetowitch: Well,I thought it was a very nice game.I'm a big fan of hypermodern chess,but I actually never started a serious game with moves like Nf3,or b3,g3,f4,etc.The pawn structure that arrised in the game was similar of a Benoni,with colours reversed,which seems good for white because he have at least one tempo up.I agree b4 was an excelent move,because it offers a trade of his wing pawn for black's central pawn.Later in the game I felt black's Ne6 wasn't doing very much because there was no weak square in which it could exert pressure,and he kinda blocks the way of the light squared bishop.I also think that the move ...Bf8 wasn't impressive,since that bishop could be very strong after a central break maybe with ...f5 and ...e4.In the way of the game,white ended up with a strong bishop on g2,with very good positional pressure on the long diagonal.
Nov-10-09  chillowack: <Flashy tactics are fun, but they only work because one side played poorly enough to allow them.> Tell that to Tal, Kasparov, Shirov, Polgar, etc., all of whom routinely dispatched the best players in the world with flashy tactics.

Their elite opponents didn't "play poorly," they just got outplayed by tactical geniuses.

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  ray keene: Rellstab vs Keene, 1973


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  ray keene: J Eslon vs Keene, 1977

and another one

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  ray keene: A Dunkelblum vs Keene, 1972

this one is less close than i had thought but there are elements of strategic similarity

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  ray keene: Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923

this win by reti was a game i loved as a kid and it provided the original inspiration for all the flank based attacks in my own games whether as black or white cited here-including the reichenbach game.

Premium Chessgames Member <Ray> Many thanks for your insightful comments.
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  Phony Benoni: There's no police like Holmes.
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  ray keene: my pleasure-i will try to think of some more puns for future contributions
Nov-12-09  Sem: Dear Mr Keene, my sincere thanks for your contribution to 'Learn From The Grandmasters'. What you wrote on Al-Lajlaj (in your annotations of 'Keres-Petrosian 1959') greatly appeals to me, since it provides an insight into a world which was more poetic and far less frantic than our own. A world which in 20th C. chess IMO was embodied by the great Petrosian. Thanks again.
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  kevin86: Looked like an even game-until the rook falls.
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  ray keene: <sem> nice comment-thanks

<kevin86> i think the computer analysis below proves that black is in a very bad way before he drops the rook-how for example does he save his king side pawns?

Nov-28-09  Jupp53: <kevin86>:

Was your comment ironic? If not, show the game to one of the 2200+ players in your neighbourhood, tell him of your comment, ask for a hint what to read next except tactics!

It is impressive to me, how black was outplayed without any hope for active play.

Mar-15-12  Jim Bartle: Damn, I was looking for a game to use the same "Reichenbach" pun, and I stumble on the game that's already used it! Now I'll have to think of a Sherlock Holmes-type pun.
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  Penguincw: I think black should've just allowed that pawn to fall.
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