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Paul Keres vs Vlastimil Jansa
Budapest (1970), Budapest HUN, rd 3, Feb-10
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Keres Variation (B04)  ·  1-0



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Nov-11-04  WMD: 41.Rh8 must have come like a punch to the solar plexus.
Jun-14-07  syracrophy: I remember that in a book 40...♖fg7 was played, instead of 40...♖gg7
Jun-14-07  Wolfgang01: It took me a long while to see the loss of the black queen after 41. … Kxh8 42. Bxg7+ … and 43. Qxd5. Doesn't matter if 40. … Rfg7 or 40. … Rgg7. 39. … Qxd5?? is the fault. Perhaps zeitnot??
Jul-14-07  DrGridlock: The game is listed thematically as a "sac R x e4," but is that really a sac? In exchange for the rook, white gets a bishop and two pawns (along with a pretty active game).
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <DrGridlock>, that is an excellent and still unresolved question. Spielmann in his book argues that the Exchange sac is equivalent to sacrificing "one and a half" pawns. He therefore called trading the Rook for a minor piece and pawn a sacrifice, but he called trading the Rook for a minor piece and 2 pawns "wins two pawns for the Exchange." Of course there are others who feel differently. I happen to be one of them. Perhaps that's why Spielmann was so much better than me.
Dec-14-08  Ulhumbrus: A nice finish. The sacrifice 41 Rh8+! draws Black's King on to the square h8 whereupon the capture Bxg7 will uncover an attack from White's Queen upon Black's Queen with check.
Mar-21-12  Anderssen99: Keres' final move must have recurred in Jansa's nightmares for a long time: 41. ...,Kg6 (...Kxh8. 42.Bxg7+ is a pretty win of the queen). 42.Rh6+,Kf5. 43.Qf2+,Ke4 (...,Kg5. 44.Be3+ mates). 44.Qe3+,Kf5. 45.Rxh5+,Kg6 (Back to where he started the excursion). 46.Qh6 mate.

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