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Paul Keres vs Vlastimil Hort
"Save Your Hort for Someone who Keres" (game of the day Jun-21-2015)
San Antonio (1972), San Antonio, TX USA, rd 1, Nov-19
Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System (E14)  ·  1-0



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Dec-27-14  Everett: Restriction excellence from White, with 45.g5!? and the conversion starting with 57.Rxh8! Noteworthy for endgame fans.
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  Penguincw: I feel sorry for Hort, as he's on the losing side of today's GOTD <and> POTD. :p

Love the pun though!

Jun-21-15  yadasampati: For people who do not understand the pun: Save your heart for someone who cares!
Jun-21-15  RookFile: Against a lesser player Hort would have held the endgame for a draw. Keres was terrific at endgames.
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  piltdown man: Great pun. But why is it pick on Hort day?
Jun-21-15  thulium: Black missed 52 . . . Rf3.
Jun-21-15  newzild: <thulium>
53. Rxh8+ Kxh8
54. e6+ Kg8
55. e7 wins
Jun-21-15  morfishine: Nice play by Keres though Hort lost this game in the opening
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  offramp: <Penguincw: I feel sorry for Hort, as he's on the losing side of today's GOTD <and> POTD. :p>

...Because it's a nice day for a pair of Vlastimils:
Vlastimil Hort.

Jun-21-15  Swampy: I left my Hort in San Antonio.
Jun-21-15  mruknowwho: The significance of a material advantage lies in the pawns.
Jun-21-15  centralfiles: I don't see the win :(
Jun-21-15  cunctatorg: All the Black's pawns are blockaded, the Black King is completely out of play and into an amazing cage and only the Black Rook is available to guard the promotion square e8... Thus 60... Rc8 61. Kb6 Kh7 62. Kb7 Re8 63. Kc7 Ra8 64. Kd7 Ra7 65. Ke8 Kg8 66. Be5! f6 67. gf6 Ra8 68. Kd7 Kf7 69. Bc7 ... and it seems to me that Black is in zungwang: 69... Re8 70. Bd8 ; did I miss "something"?!?
Jun-21-15  A.T PhoneHome: Haha, I had a look at this game yesterday! And now it's GOTD. :P

Brilliant endgame by Paul Keres!

Jun-21-15  cormier: 22...a6 may not be too good .....
Jun-21-15  cormier: i think the trouble begin's with 20...Nc5
Jun-21-15  cormier: maybe 20...a6 was better .....
Jun-21-15  KID Slayer: Love the pun. Nice ending with that exchange sac in which the bishop ultimately bests the rook with the support of a strong passed pawn.
Jun-21-15  5hrsolver: <cunctatorq> I think I understand what you're trying to get at. The only thing is that the black rook can still shuttle around on the eight rank (e8, g8, h8).

I found 2 zugzwang positions, the easier of which I will try to illustrate.

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With black to move here it would be zugzwang. If rook goes to a7 then Kg8, if rook goes to e8 then Kd7, if black king goes to h7 then Bd4 (to prevent check on a7) followed by Kd7.

It is easy enough to get into the zugzwang position.
One way is 60...Rg8+ 61.Kc6 Ra8 62.Kb7 Re8 63.Kc6 Ra8 64.Kc7 sets up the zugzwang position. If 63...Rb8 Then 64.Kd7 wins (64...Rb7+ 65.Kc8)

Jun-22-15  5hrsolver: If rook goes to a7 I mean Kb8.
Jun-23-15  kevin86: White can chase the rook away from e8 or can win the rook for a pawn and the ending, a bishop ahead.
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  wwall: Perhaps the losing move was 48...Bh8. Better may have been ...Ra2 or ...Ra6 or ...Rc4.

Instead if 54.Rf8, Keres could have played 54.Rxh8+! Kxh8 55.e6+ Kg8 56.e7 Ra8 57.Bf6 to win, as he did three moves later in the game with this same pattern.

Jul-25-23  tympsa: Keres was 56 y.o., with several physical ailments and Hort 28. They both had same rating 2600 in 1972 . And yet Keres outplayed his much younger opponent in tricky endgame.

BTW, Hort is one of few old-timer chess players of 1960ies and 1970ies who is still alive. Next January he hopefully will celebrate his 80th birtday

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