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Paul Keres vs Vladimir Petrov
Match Latvia - Estonia (1939), Riga LAT, rd 1, Feb-24
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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  mifralu: From the 1st round, played on
24 February 1939, in the 2nd Latvia-Estonia Team match

Petrov exceeds the time limit and loses the game.

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  offramp: He may have lost on time, but he was 4 pawns down as well, and he had a bad position.
Dec-05-18  ChessHigherCat: In case anybody else was wondering, Keres was right in assuming that Petrov couldn't play 15....Bxh1:

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1) 15...Bxh1 16.gxf6 Bxf6 17.Nd7 Qd4 18.Nxf6+ Qxf6 19.Rxh1 Rac8 20.h4 Rc5 21.Bb4 Re5 22.Qd2 Rc8 23.Bc3 Rxc3 24.Qxc3 g6 25.Kb1 Qf4 26.Rf1 Rd5 27.Qc8+ Kg7 28.Qb7 Qf3 29.Qa6 Ra5 30.Qc8 Rd5 31.Rg1 Qxf2 32.Rh1 Qc5 33.Qa8 b5 34.Qb8 Qe7 35.Bxb5

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  plang: 8..Nf6!? was new and allows 9 Bxb7 which Keres chose not to play. Psakhis, in his French series, considers 9 Bxb7 a refutation though several players have allowed that since this game (though not with good results). It is probably a matter of taste as Keres gets a strong attacking position which he may have felt preferable to winning a pawn but grating Black some freedom. Yudovich offered 16..Nb4 17 Bxb4..Qxb4 18 Rg4..Qc5 19 Bxh7+..Kxh7 20 Rh4+..Kg9 21 Qh5..Bxg5+ 22 Qxg5 and if 22..f6 then 23 Qxg7+!..Kxg7 24 Rg1+ and mates. 26 Nh8 would have won even quicker.

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