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Paul Keres vs Vladimir Petrov
Semmering/Baden (1937), Semmering/Baden AUT, rd 11, Sep-23
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  1-0



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Dec-02-17  Whitehat1963: What’s the finish?
Dec-02-17  ughaibu: Black resigned.
Dec-02-17  Nisjesram: <whitehat> , black's bishop is under attack. Black will save bishop and in next move white knight will fork black rook by giving check on h7. Black looses rook
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Black could try to move the rook and attack the bishop simultaneously with 44..Rd6 or ..Rf5, but this would fail to 45 Nh7+ Ke8 46 Rxa6, when 46..Rxd5 would lose the rook to 47 Nf6+.
Dec-03-17  Whitehat1963: Thank you, Gregor.
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<Vladmirs Petrovs'> account of this game, as described in a letter to his wife:

<"I missed an easy win against Keres, whom I outplayed in the opening and in the middle of the game I could literally taste my success. <<<But>>> from the middle of the game on, I began to experience time pressure and made more and more weak moves.">

-Galina Petrova-Matisa,
“Star Extinguished Before its Time” (Riga 2008), p.37

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  beatgiant: <jessicafischerqueen>

Are you sure the quote above is not about their other game from Semmering-Baden, Vladimir Petrov vs Keres, 1937 ?

In that one, it really does look like Petrov was much better and lost the advantage in time pressure.

Whereas in this game, he simply blundered early on with 20...c5? dropping a pawn (20...f6 bolstering the e-pawn looks roughly equal).

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You certainly have a sharp chess eye!

Yes you are correct. I just looked at the letter <Petrovs> sent to his wife again, and it was dated September 13. This means he had to have been speaking of Vladimir Petrov vs Keres, 1937, which was played on September 11.

Good catch!

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