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Paul Keres vs Isaac Boleslavsky
Moscow (1947), Moscow URS, rd 7, Dec-06
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  1-0



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  Retireborn: An interesting NvB endgame, which is not played very exactly by either GM.

After 51...h5 (51...Bd6 is a safer way to shield the h-pawn)52.Kd1! White's advantage increases, but he misses the possibility of 53.Ra6+ Rc6 54.Ra8 and cashing in after 54...Bd7 55.Rh8 or 54...Bf7 55.Ne5.

If 74.Nh4 (instead of 74.Ne5) then 74...Bxh4 75.gxh4 Kb6 76.g3 Ka6 seems to hold the draw.

78...h4! (threat ...h3) 79.Nxh4 Bxh4 80.Kc5 Bf2 81.Kxd5 Bxe3 82.f5 Kb6 is probably the safest way for Black to draw.

With 80...Kd7? Black misses his chance to play ...Be1; White gives him another one with 81.Kd3? (81.Kd2 wins) but Black slips up again.

I'm not 100% certain that 81...Be1 draws, but after 82.Ke2 (not 82.Ng7 h4!) Ba5 83.Ng7 Ke7 84.Nxh5 Ke6 85.Ng7+ Kf6 86.Ne8+ Ke7 87.Ng7 Kf6 it's difficult to see that White can free his knight or make progress in some other way.

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