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Paul Keres vs Miguel Najdorf
Margate (1939), Margate ENG, rd 7, Apr-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. General (D60)  ·  1-0



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May-15-10  jerseybob: Nice game by Keres, but it shows why these classical defenses aren't so common anymore: they're too passive. But black could've improved, even within that limitation. 12..Nh5 just to swap bishops followed by moving back to f6 2 moves later baffles me. There's no plan or continuity to it. Why not 12..Ne4 with a sort of Lasker defense? Or maybe interpolate 12..h6 first? Then later, the combo initiated with 23..Ne4? is shown to have a fatal flaw: black can't recapture the bishop with 27..Rxa8 due to 28.Rc8ch! So how to meet white's threat of 24.Nxb7? Maybe 24..Kf8.
May-22-22  jerseybob: I'd like to take a mulligan on that post if I may. (At least it's not a mean tweet coming back to haunt me, just bad analysis). My suggested 24..Kf8 is an out and out blunder and I'll concede black seems lost at that point. But I'm still not crazy about Najdorf's 13..Nf6. How about 13..g6!? with Ng7 a future possibility? And I found a very interesting game, Ragnarsson-Gunnarsson, Reykjavik 2000 (0-1,27) featuring 11..b6 for black. I tried to link it but haven't mastered that skill. (suggestions?) It's in this database.

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