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Grigory Levenfish vs Paul Keres
Leningrad/Moscow training (1939), Leningrad/Moscow RUS, rd 9, Jan-16
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense (C90)  ·  0-1



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Dec-20-15  cunctatorg: A bold and imaginative attack from Keres on Levenfish King, fleeing from post to pillar here; as Korchnoi had stated back in 1977 "... I consider the genuine masters of the attack to be Alekhine, Keres and Spassky."
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  Phony Benoni: Nitpicker's Delight: For Black's 38th move:

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<Chess Review> (March 1939, p. 60-61) gives 38...Qe1+ instead of 38...Qf1+. Makes no difference in the game, of course, but history is history.

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  plang: A few rounds earlier Keres had played 12..d5 against Ragozin and White had gone on to win; 12..Na5 was Kere's improvement. Nowadays, White usually plays h3 in the closed Ruy Lopez making it more difficult for Black to put pressure on d4; in this game Black was able to quickly develop pressure on the central dark squares. After 18 Bf4? White quickly got into trouble; LB Hansen recommended 18 dxc..dxc 19 e5!..Ncxe5 20 Nxe5..Bxe5 21 Bh7+..Kh8 22 Bf5..Bxf5 23 Qxf5 and White will soon recover the pawn and be out of danger. 21..Re8 22 f4 would have let White off the hook. 22 Bxe5..Nxe5 23 Qd1..Qf6 followed by ..Rad8 would have been lost for White. 28 Kc1..Ng2 29 Kc2..Bc3 30 Re2..Ne3+ 31 fxe..Rd2+ would also have been decisive.

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