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Raymond Keene vs Robin F Kneebone
"The b's Knees" (game of the day Jan-26-2013)
Ilford Congress (1974), ?, rd 1, May-24
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Delayed Exchange Variation (D74)  ·  1-0



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Sep-22-09  pawntrip: i though black had a reasonibly good position but let it slip away.
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  tamar: Yep, 32 b6 dislocated Kneebone.
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  ray keene: <pawntrip> i think whites 13 b4 refutes blacks line ( one which had been recommended in hartstons book on the grunfeld) do not forget that black is a pawn down for most of the game and once he gets it back his position is strategically busted
Jan-26-13  vinidivici: Whats the unique story behind this game? Surely not from the game itself, right...?

This amazing game deserves GOTD....

M Paragua vs D Debashis, 2012

Jan-26-13  newzild: I can't see why this is game of the day. The straightforward 13. b4 wins a pawn and from there it's pretty much just a technical exercise.
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  Chessical: <24...f5!?> seems a better defensive try with the idea of <e4> to follow.

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For example:

<25. Ne3> Nxe3 26. Bxe3 e4; or <25. Ra2> e4 26. f3 exf3 27. Qxf3 Qc8 28. Bg5 Re8.

Jan-26-13  shakman: Another game in this line ... Vaganian vs Z Kozul, 1990
Jan-26-13  IndigoViolet: Pun makes no sense. Who voted for this rubbish? I've sumbmitted 11 that are infinitely superior.
Jan-26-13  Tigranny: Great game but what's with the pun? Pretty weak.
Jan-26-13  IndigoViolet: Yeah, just off the top of my head, I venture that <The Fall of Cartilage> is much better.
Jan-26-13  JimNorCal: Sure, your pun is better but b's knees is not bad.
Seeing as how bee's knees is an expression from the 1920s and a move on the b file was an excellent move.
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  PawnSac: < IndigoViolet: Pun makes no sense. Who voted for this rubbish? I've sumbmitted 11 that are infinitely superior. >

Agreed. I thought...

tamar: Yep, 32 b6 <dislocated Kneebone.>

was much better.

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  PawnSac: or maybe.

"A Keene dislocation of a Kneebone"

yea i know... "Keen" went into disuse after the 60's. But it works

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  kevin86: pawn week continues. This time a solo pawn rules!
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  Diademas: <Not Connected to the Head Bone>
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  PawnSac: 7. ..Nc6
Safer is ..Nb6.

8. ..Bf5 is an ambitious line. See
Roman Ovetchkin vs Igor Kurnosov
Russian Team Championships (2012)
<Igor plays this line regularly>

12. ..c6?
This makes more sense after white has played e4, but now...

<ray keene: i think whites 13 b4 refutes blacks line ( one which had been recommended in hartstons book on the grunfeld) >

19.a4! a5
Now black is lost

It is puzzling why Hartston recommends this line. Maybe he was thinking white could not play b4 due to the opening of the long diagonal for the Bg7 (attack on Ra1). Who is to say.

to induce f6, blunting the a1-h8 diagonal

The beginning of the final phase. SIMPLIFY
(reduce the board/exchange pieces to an elementary won ending.)

< newzild: I can't see why this is game of the day. The straightforward 13. b4 wins a pawn and from there it's pretty much just a technical exercise. >

Many games give the appearance of simplicity. In some of the most brilliant games in history, the winner makes the win look easy, almost inevitable. But that can often be very misleading. A sharp technical refutation requires accurate follow-up, and there are often several points where the winner could have mishandled the continuation. Someone once said "The most difficult thing is winning a won game". So let's not discredit a game because it doesn't have a deep and profound sacrifice or crushing move as in some Fischer or Tal games. This game may not have won a brilliancy prize, but there is good technique and positional correctness which does have instructive value. It must also be remembered that by and large, the vast marjority of all chess games are won without brilliancies, just good positional play and technique.

Another point..
It's not so easy to find a good GOTD, 365 days of the year! There are just not that many profound games. So good solid examples like this are adequate and have value. And in the big picture, i appreciate seeing a game that has a clear technical refutation in a very popular opening line. A regular diet of theoretical opening lessons is VERY beneficial.

Thanks Ray! A well played game!

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  Gilmoy: I vote for Diademas's pun!
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