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Paul Keres vs Borislav Ivkov
USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970), Belgrade SRB, rd 2, Mar-31
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  1-0



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  louispaulsen88888888: 49...Kxb5=
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  NM JRousselle: The move that really surprised me was 24... Be4. After the obvious reply f5, Black is clearly worse.
Apr-23-19  wtpy: Jim, I agree. And if 25..Nh8 the knight can't get much worse.
Apr-23-19  Kirth Gersen: If not 24...Bxe4 then what? It's hard to find a plan for Black, as his ruined structure makes pawn breaks difficult and his knight has no good squares. Also his previous 2 moves were to prepare ...Bxe4 (23...Kf8 to step out of a fork on f6 after 23...Bxe4 24.Ng4) so what else is he doing?

And the piece sacrifice is very reasonable, he gets rid of a bad knight for 2 pawns, opens up lines for the bishop, eliminates White's space advantage and repairs his kingside. The fact that it nearly worked out for Black seems to vindicate his insistence on activity at any cost.

Jun-18-20  wordfunph: "Of all of the Soviet players, Keres was the most difficult one for me - in all the games we ever played I lost four, drew a few and did not have a single victory!"

- GM Borislav Ivkov

Source: British Chess Magazine 2020 June

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