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Raymond Keene vs Eric J Holt
"'Tween Keene's Twin Queens" (game of the day Apr-01-2020)
BCF-ch (1971), Blackpool ENG, rd 3, Aug-11
Zukertort Opening: Kingside Fianchetto (A04)  ·  1-0



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  ray keene: one of the strangest games i have ever played
Jan-27-06  mack: Yes, it's more than a tad strange - care to give us some thoughts on it?
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  ray keene: yes-opening leads to standard squeeze position-then black sheds a pawn but gets a few tricks-so i had to consolidate-finally i reach a q+ b endgame where i have to break thru-my first plan was to march the king to the q side and break thru on the kside-then i thought it might be easier to break thru on the q side so i marched the k back again. then i realised i had been right the first time so i walked the king over to the q side again before making the decisive g4 thrust-however-having been there twice before i had to march my king along a route the third time round which avoided threefold repetition-

my opponent was incredibly pissed off at the end of the game. in spite of the length of the game-somewhat artificialy expanded by my opponents dogged refusal to resign-this was the british championship i won where the reporter for the bcm ritson morry accused me of short draws!

Feb-18-06  fred lennox: <somewhat artificialy expanded...> is somewhat understated. I enjoyed the game. Rarely does the king wander and wonder so much.
Jul-17-06  Inf: you can tell he didnt want to resign or let go... playing a game against 2 queens is just pure and plain stupid. was black a GM?
Jul-17-06  CapablancaFan: This game was over at move 114.f5! Why Holt kept playing is a mystery. I guess after investing over a 113 moves in one game just to turn down your king was not easy to do.
Feb-21-09  WhiteRook48: Holt this instant!
May-21-09  WhiteRook48: would've resigned
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 96.g4!! rates as a Sunday puzzle level move. That came out of nowhere.
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  offramp: Well done, <Lossmaster>. The title is a very good tongue-twister.
Apr-01-20  scormus: <An Englishman, 96 g4!!> Yes, a real GM move. I wonder if my engine would be able to find it - I don't think so
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  thegoodanarchist: <ray keene:

my opponent was incredibly pissed off at the end of the game>

Hi <ray keene>! Why was he pissed off?

Shouldn't you have been the one to be angry, after he refused to resign?

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  thegoodanarchist: Anyway, I'd like to add "good game and good title!"
Apr-01-20  scormus: 96 g4!! proved too tough a find for my engine, but "agrees" that would be winning. It says much for the keenness of W's vision that he saw it.

After 96 g4, 96 ... hxg4 proved not the best defence, since 97 h5 forces ... gxh5 (... Qa5 or g3 98 h6 lead to mate on h8). Then the game continuation ensues.

96 .... fxg4 would seem at first sight to be weaker, since it immediately vacates f5. But it is actually the best defense since W then does not have the immediate threats from the h-pawn. After 97 f5 (instead of h6), B can has time for ... Qa5. W appears to still have a sufficient advantage to get the win, but it's harder work. W has to deal with an active BQ and the advanced g-pawn, whike e.g. 98 fxg6 g3 99 g7 Qe1.

Apr-01-20  DPLeo: Here's what Stockfish 10 found after 19 seconds.

d=33 00:19 +6.79 96.g4 hxg4 97.h5 gxh5 98.Bxf5 Qa5 99.Bc2

d=33 00:19 +5.67 96.Qc3 Qb8 97.Qd4 Kh7 98.Kb3 Qa8 99.Qxb6

d=33 00:19 +5.24 96.Qc4 Qa5 97.Qc3 Qxc3+ 98.Kxc3 Bxb5 99.axb5

After a minute it's the same lines with 96.g4 still out in front.

d=35 01:03 +6.89 96.g4 hxg4 97.h5 gxh5 98.Bxf5 Qa5 99.Bc2

d=35 01:03 +5.77 96.Qc3 Qb8 97.Qd4 Kh7 98.Kb3 Qa8 99.Qxb6

d=35 01:03 +5.24 96.Qc4 Qa5 97.Qc3 Qxc3+ 98.Kxc3 Bxb5 99.axb5

Nice move

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  Breunor: Even I could have won the very end game!
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  HeMateMe: Black quite the eccentric, not willing to resign this game.

Nice breakthrough shot!

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  Kay Sadeeya: Around move 59 I looked at the total moves and thought, "I'm not going to keep looking at this game it's probably going to end in a dud". But wow I'm glad I finished going through to the end, what a finish!

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