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Paul Keres vs Storm Herseth
"Storm Chaser" (game of the day Dec-31-2020)
Stockholm Olympiad (1937), Stockholm SWE, rd 11, Aug-07
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit. Deferred Variation (B50)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-30-04  Catfriend: Is there any sense in declining this gambit?
Jan-30-04  ossolinskm: i am not sure. like the evan's gambit i think that if you accept the gambit black allows white full attack of both black bishop and white bishop with 3. b4 cxb4 4. Bb2 Nf6 and the latter Bc4. Basically it is a similiar to the evan's gambit i think, where both bishops attack on the kingside with little development from black
Jan-30-04  Catfriend: But declining it creates many troubles as well, and the ♗b2 still is possible!
Mar-31-04  Hidden Skillz: i have seen a koltanowski game he played b2-b4 also..
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  whiteshark: Stormy weather around Sicily.
Dec-31-20  Jambow: Morphy was no doubt involved somehow... Brutal and violent.
Dec-31-20  V Geriakov: A delightful little Keres game, although the pun could have been intensified if there were a king hunt in it.
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  Messiah: After reading this pun I called my ISP to cancel my internet subscription.
Dec-31-20  Ironmanth: Wow, wow, wow. Brutal is right. Y'all stay safe and have a most wonderful 2021. Play lots and lots of great chess!
Dec-31-20  TheTamale: Normally I have to ask for help to see how White wraps things up, but I think I've got most of the variations down here. Thanks to all Chessgames users for your assistance over the years, and a best New Years to you.

Also thanks to <Messiah> for making me laugh this morning.

Dec-31-20  goodevans: <TheTamale: Normally I have to ask for help to see how White wraps things up, but I think I've got most of the variations down here...>

After 19...Ne7 I went with 20.Rd6 which wins oodles of material but SF tells me I missed mate in 6 starting 20.Rxe7+. :o(

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  KenWSmith54: A nice game -- yes brutal and violent. Thanks for posting this.

Black needs to play his pawn to e6, develop his dark-squared bishop and move his king out of the center. Yet he seems to stubbornly refuse to develop his kingside until it is too late. By the time he puts his pawn at e6, it is just one more bit of debris for Keres to push aside....

Dec-31-20  TheTamale: <goodevans> Hmm, seems I missed that too.

There's an upside to being so bad that you don't see what you're missing. The downside, as I'm now experience, comes in my actual games.

Dec-31-20  goodevans: <KenWSmith54> I think you're right about black needing to play e6 then develop his DSB but with white's DSB targeting g7 I can understand his reluctance.

I imagine black was out of his opening prep pretty early on in this game and came up with the idea of ...Nd7 / ...Nf6 to block Bxg7 on the hoof. I'd have probably tried something like that myself but the game shows it's just too slow.

A better plan would be to use the moment when white develops his LSB to also develop the black DSB. Something like 6...Bf5 7.Bb2 e6 8.Nc4 Nxc4 9.Bxc4 Bd6:

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Now 10.Bxg7 would be useless because 10...Rg8 would skewer the pawn on g2.

Of course white could always fianchetto his LSB (8.g3 / 9.Bg2) and to be honest I'm not sure what I'd do against that.

Dec-31-20  dhotts: What an interesting opening with very few games in wonder why we haven't seen more from this wild opening?
Dec-31-20  goodevans: <dhotts> I've checked a couple of opening databases and black seems to do very well against it if they play 5...Qxd6 or 5...e6 rather than 5...Nxd6 (from what I can make out 5...Nxd6 isn't objectively bad but does require very accurate play from black).

On the other hand it looks like the sort of opening that looks like it would be very effective at club level where being in familiar territory when your opponent isn't can often decide games.

Dec-31-20  dhotts: <goodevans> Nice explanation which leaves a great deal of room for exploring this opening. The Sicilian, like the French, yields strange unbalanced lines of play where specific moves are required to survive and turn the tide for Black.
Dec-31-20  ajile: I'm pretty happy I saw 19.Rxe6+ almost immediately.


Dec-31-20  spazzky: The engine is screaming ...e6 for 6 moves. It all comes crashing down quickly

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