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Rudolf Spielmann vs Paul Keres
Noordwijk (1938), Noordwijk NED, rd 7, Jun-18
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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  plang: Spielman's favorite line was 5 Nce2 but he avoided this because he feared a prepared innovation. Keres rarely played the French but thought that the lines that Spielman preferred were promising for Black. 6 dxc is rarely played today. 7 a3!? is not mentioned in any of the French books I have and seems both slow and positionally dubious. Keres was critical of 13..Qe7 recommending either 13..Nd4 or 13..Qc7 with a good game. Keres did not seriously consider 14..gxf 15 Bxf5 but Nunn pointed out that 15..Nd4 16 Nxd4..Bxd4 17 Bg5..Bxe5! is fine for Black. With 15 bf4 Spielman would have maintained strong attacking chances but after 15 fxg? the tables turned and it was Keres who was attacking. With 18 Bd2 Spielman would have had good chances to defend but after 18 Rf1? he lost a piece and the game.
Sep-18-12  Naniwazu: Fine analysis <plang>! Just to add..Waitzkin gives the move 16. Qg5 as better for White. If 16...Nxg6 17. Bxg6 Qxg5 18. Bxg5 fxg6 White is doing OK.
Dec-19-16  whiteshark: <Art of Counterattack> This is the 10th lesson in the series called "The Art of learning" by Josh Waitzkin: Enjoy watching! ;)
Mar-23-20  sallyx: According to Pachman Complete Chess strategy, Volume 3, move 12 was 12.h4 and not 12.a4?
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  Phony Benoni: <Chess Revie> (September 1938, p. 222) also give s <12.h4>. This is clearly correct, since after 12.a4 there are numerous missed chances on both sides: Black to take the pawn b4, White to play axb5.

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