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Paul Keres vs Kurt Richter
"The Pawn Least Likely to Succeed" (game of the day Dec-28-2021)
non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936), Munich GER, rd 7, Aug-21
Zukertort Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)  ·  1-0

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Dec-31-11  Nerwal: The way Keres deals with the position from 29. b4 onwards is nothing short of amazing and makes you wonder how far he calculated; he made it look like just a forced win, but the winning line is 30 moves long and white wins by only one tempo at the end ! It's hard not to agree with Dvoretsky. Very, very few players would have chosen this path of converting the advantage, but it's incredibly forcing and elegant.
Sep-27-13  rccomputacion: pudo y debio tomar el peon en el movimiento 24 pero no lo hizo... creo que porque el alfil blanco de las negra no tenia buen apoyo
Sep-27-13  rccomputacion: PERDON , ME REFERIA A Richter... ¿¿¿ALGUIEN LEE ESTOS COMENTARIOS EN EL IDIOMA DEL DANTE???
Sep-28-13  clma55: Rccomputacion esta es la lengua de Cervantes, la de Dante es el italiano..
Sep-03-16  tallike: @Nerwal in what book Dvoretsky analyses this game?
Jun-22-20
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  Phony Benoni: After <53.Qh8+>


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I wonder if Richter consisted 53...Kb1. Sure, White can still just play the wining ending after 54.Qxa1+, but if he gets greedy with 54.Qxh7+ the game is a tablbase draw after 54...Kc1!.

Jun-22-20  Retireborn: <Phony Benoni> I was looking at this game the other day, and it struck me that 39...Kf7 is a mistake and Black would have good drawing chances with 39...Kf6 instead.

Not addressed by Neishtadt in his Keres book.

Jun-23-20
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  beatgiant: <Retireborn>
Can you give details of this idea? For example after 39...Kf6 40. Kf2 Ke5 41. Ke3 <Kd5> merely transposes back to the game line, so what has Black got that's better?
Jun-23-20  Retireborn: <beatgiant> I'm afraid I hadn't looked at 40.Kf2 at all, assuming that White would play 40.Ba3 as in the game, but now I'm analysing it...

40.Kf2 Kg5 41.Ba3! (not 41.Ke3 b2) Kg4 42.e3 Kh3 43.Kg1. Now Bc1 will come and Black runs out of useful moves, so White does win after all.

Sorry about that. As you were!

May-03-21  tbontb: Black's 24....Rad8 (24....cxd5 25.Rc7 Ba6 looks a better try) grants White a powerful passed d6 pawn which forms the basis of his later play. While the simpler 29.Be3 Kg8 30.g4 Rf6 31.Bxc5 seems strong, Keres selects the more forcing 29.b4 to win a piece while still controlling the Black pawns (though 33....Kg8 34.Bc7 Ra8 35.Rxd7 Ra7 36.Rd8+ Kf7 37.Be5 may be a tougher defence). In the game, the ending after 40.Ba3 is won, as White's exact play demonstrates (46.g4 gaining a crucial tempo).
Dec-28-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Keres' play from move 29 onward amazes me more than most of the "spectacular" mating attacks I've seen over the decades (centuries?). That Bishop always has a check on d4 in response to ...b3-b2. Astonishing.

Puzzled that Black didn't accept the second pawn sacrifice with 24...cxd5; perhaps Richter had an aversion to any pawn sacrifices aside from his own?

Dec-28-21  hdcc: "The Kurt blocker".
Dec-28-21
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  ajk68: 46. g4!! What a great move. It promotes a pawn without losing a tempo.

46. Kxf5 still wins but it allows black to promote first. It's a much harder slog.

Dec-28-21
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  whiteshark: And again only one tempo is missing at the end.

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