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Raymond Keene vs Nigel J Kalton
Match game 2, Bromley (1963), ?, rd 2
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Janowski-Larsen Variation (D25)  ·  1-0



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Nov-05-13  zb2cr: Like many others, I am puzzled by why Black did not try 12. ... Ke8 instead of allowing mate in 2 with 12. ... Kg8.
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  Phony Benoni: So what caused Black's final blunder?

Kalton waa hardly a beginner or some random NN. This game is from a match when both were teenagers, which would imply they were about the same strength. They have 13 games in the database, Keene winning by +8 -4 =1, or 65%. Convincing, but hardly overwhelming.

While players will sometimes deliberately walk into mate to "get it over with", I don't think Black's position is THAT bad. Yes, White has a "winning" advantage, but the position is far from simple. And remember that this is not GM Keen, by teenager Keene.

I think it's quite possble that this was a "Sheer Disguist" blunder. Howe often have you followed a mistake with a huge blunder because your were too angry with yourself to think straight?

Think about the Fork Trick tactic, after <1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nxe4 5.Bxf7+ Kxf7 6.Nxe4 d5 7.Neg5+>:

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And now Black's best is 7...Kg8.

So I suggest that Black, disgusted with himself, played 12...Kg8 automatically thinking of the Fork Trick position rather than analyzing the board.

But I'm sure Raymond Keene will let us know if he drops in.

Nov-05-13  goodevans: <dufferps: puzzles based on blunders by the opponent are not very satisfying...> and others

This puzzle isn't just based on black's blunders after the key move. Bxf7+ is objectively the best move because it both wins a pawn and severely compromises the black king's position, even with best play.

Nov-05-13  BOSTER: <mravikiran I think this game was hand made for the purpose of getting it on> The problem is only one : black couldn.t see ahead too far.
Nov-05-13  Castleinthesky: There seems to be a recent fondness for featuring games from when Raymond Keene was 15.
Nov-05-13  Alex56171: Black is playing who-loses-wins chess?
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  kevin86: Black backed into a protected position with his king-now he is mated with no way out!

OR,black stepped into a bear trap.

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  kevin86: How about this mate:

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  beenthere240: This was just match game 2. Game 3, with Kalton as white, went 1. g4 e6 2. f4 (slaps his head and resigns before Keene can grab his queen.)
Nov-05-13  Maladetta: <<FSR>> Thank you for providing the only plausible explanation.
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  Phony Benoni: <Beenthere240> Actually, we have match game #3 in the database.

N J Kalton vs Keene, 1963

Not a masterpiece, but surely more indicative of Kalton's real strength. The puzzle game was just a bad day.

Nov-05-13  Ed Frank: I guessed the move, but was uncertain if it was crushing enough due to black's possible 12. Ke8. However, 11. Bxf7 is surely crushing if black commits seppuku with the move 12. Kg8?? Why did he choose that move?
Nov-05-13  M.Hassan: <stst:Indeed, CG might got whacked by itself? or it's Black - WHY? None of an elegant "solution" anyhow!? What happens in today's game??>

Right, everybody is puzzled by this "not a good puzzle" of today.

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  FSR: <Ed Frank: I guessed the move, but was uncertain if it was crushing enough due to black's possible 12. Ke8. However, 11. Bxf7 is surely crushing if black commits seppuku with the move 12. Kg8?? Why did he choose that move?>

My guess is that Black had overlooked 11.Bxf7+, and was flustered by that move. He probably figured that White's next move was definitely going to be 12.Qxg4, and decided that after that move his king would be safer on g8 than on e8. He might even have analyzed 11...Kg8 12.Qxg4 Ne5 13.Qe6+ Nf7 intending 14...h6. The possibility of 12.Qd5+ obviously never entered his mind.

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  Penguincw: I made a mis-calculation. After 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Qxd7+ doesn't work the king and queen with 13.Ne5+ (because of 12...Bxd7).
Nov-05-13  Patriot: A common tactic is 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Ng5+ followed by 13.Qxg4.
Nov-05-13  realbrob: Like many of you I was expecting something more "crushing", because it's Tuesday. I also felt stupid for a couple of minutes and I was like "I saw this combination that wins a pawn while there's a forced mate or something". Then I had to admit that there wasn't anything more crushing, and that 11.Bxf7+ is a good move that wins a pawn and also gives White some positional advantage.

Still, I think this is a Tuesday puzzle after all, because 11.Bxf7+ wasn't difficult to spot, and neither were combos like 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Ng5+ Ke8 13.Qxg4. Black's final blunder is aesthetically disturbing (i.e, horrible) but White would have won anyway.

Nov-05-13  Kikoman: <11. Bxf7+> and that's it!
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Nov-05-13 I've had that trick (Bxf7+, Ng5+, and Qxg4) played on me before. Got to be aware of that one. Black blunder's badly with ...Kg8.
Nov-05-13  LIFE Master AJ: 12...Kg8???? had to be the mother of all blunders ...
Nov-05-13  Jim Bartle: I don't know, AJ. Is it that much worse than 1.d4 d5 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bh4 e6???
Nov-05-13  LIFE Master AJ: And I think I played a game in a HS simul ... that was very close to this. (You could really call this one just an opening trap.)
Nov-05-13  LIFE Master AJ: Almost needles to say ... yet another example of STELLAR play by Keene!!!
Nov-05-13  Jim Bartle: <Almost needles to say>

Quite a pointed comment, very sharp.

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