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Paul Keres vs Efim Bogoljubov
"The Battle of Agincourt" (game of the day Oct-25-2015)
Zandvoort (1936), Zandvoort NED, rd 6, Jul-25
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  1-0



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Feb-10-15  FairyPromotion: Spectacular!!
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  offramp: Very good. Thanks,!
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  HeMateMe: This could drive a fellow to drink beer.
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  OhioChessFan: Good choice for GOTD.
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  OhioChessFan: <The Battle of Agincourt was a major English victory in the Hundred Years' War. The battle took place on Friday, 25 October 1415 (Saint Crispin's Day), near modern-day Azincourt, in northern France.>

Oct-25-15  morfishine: An intriguing matchup, Keres vs Bogo. <32.Bc1> is startling, but I wouldn't gush over it: these players were, after all, the best of their time, the equivalent of modern day GM's; here's its a case of one seeing it while the other didn't. Nice, enjoyable game
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  Honza Cervenka: 31...Qe5! was a better defense.
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  Penguincw: Ah yes, 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.

Also good job/thanks to <offramp> for suggesting it, and <cg> for remembering. :) chessforum

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  HeMateMe: Just think if Napoleon had the Chunnel...
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  thegoodanarchist: <Penguincw: Ah yes, 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.>

The start, or the end?

Also, if I recall correctly, there were 3 major battles, all won by the English, but the French won the war.

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  thegoodanarchist: <thegoodanarchist: <Penguincw: Ah yes, 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.>

The start, or the end?>

Turns out, the answer to my question is "yes".

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  beatgiant: <Honza Cervenka>
What defense do you see after 31...Qe5 32. Bc1, apparently at least winning the g-pawn with the additional threat of 33. Bf4.

For example, 31...Qe5 32. Bc1 Rd5 <33. Bxg5> still works.

Oct-25-15  drnooo: just looking at this game I did not bother to check which player had white and decided to go through the moves trying to look for fingerprints: bishop to c1 SEEMED pretty likely Keres, but when I saw the queen sac I actually muttered aloud That's Keres. I've posted elsewhere that had Keres made the boat with his wife that fateful day to escape to the west, we would not be talking about the fellow who never won the Worlds Championship. How many players in the history of his game has his percentage of wins. 6 or &. Just imagine Keres making it to the west, even the U.S, Bobby Fisher would hardly have his u.s. championship record with Keres in the mix.
Oct-25-15  thulium: <beatgiant> 31...Qe5 32. Bc1 Rd5 <33. Bxg5> still works. But if 32...Rg6, it doesn't.
Oct-25-15  qkxwsm: Why 35...f6?
Oct-25-15  thulium: Bogoljubow spent most of his life in Germany and spelt his name with a j and a w. Although he was born Russian, a proper anglicization of his Russian name would be Bogolyubov, with a y and a v. Spelling it with a j and a v is neither one thing nor the other.
Oct-25-15  BOSTER: Black to play 27...

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Black should play 27...f5 attacking e2 pawn.

Oct-25-15  thulium: <qkxwsm: Why 35...f6?> Because, if you haven't seen the sacrifice, QxR, the Q is trapped.
Oct-25-15  FairyPromotion: Is it possible that the Agincourt Defense got it's name because it represents the English (1.c4 ) vs the French (1...e6)?
Oct-26-15  Eusebius: 32.Bc1 is just beautifully marked.
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  kevin86: White is up the exchange...and will win easily.
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  Honza Cervenka: <beatgiant: <Honza Cervenka> <31...Qe5!>
What defense do you see after 31...Qe5 32. Bc1, apparently at least winning the g-pawn with the additional threat of 33. Bf4.

For example, 31...Qe5 32. Bc1 Rd5 <33. Bxg5> still works.>

After 31...Qe5 32.Bc1 black can play 32...d3! 33.exd3 c4! (with threat Qxg3+ and Qxf2#) 34.Kg2 cxd3 35.Bxg5 d2, which is definitely better outcome than the text continuation.

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  beatgiant: <Honza Cervenka>
You're right. Then on 31...Qe5, maybe White should simply play 32. Qh7+ Kf8 33. Qh8+ trying for a better endgame, although Black probably holds with a very careful defense.
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  profK: Surely even after 32...Qc1+ 33.Kg2 Qh1+ 34.Kh1 Rg6 black hangs on by his fingernails for another 20 moves or so.
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  beatgiant: <Honza Cervenka> On 31...Qe5, White also might try to keep the attack going with <32. Qg4> aiming to get the rook in front, as in 31...Qe5 32. Qg4 Re6 33. Rh5 f6 34. Qh3 Qe4 35. Rh8+ Kf7. The resulting White attack looks dangerous, but I haven't found a knockout blow.
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