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Gideon Stahlberg vs Paul Keres
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 5, Sep-06
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D40)  ·  0-1



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Feb-24-09  great uncle bulgaria: im guessing that the general idea is to keep checking the black king until the queen traverses onto the c5/c6 square eliminating the black queen and queening the queenside pawn.

that about it ??

Jul-09-12  Poisonpawns: 35.h4! would have allowed white to draw by perpetual. If 35..Qg7? 36.Qg5+ wins, and if 35..Rxa2 then black just keeps checking. The key is control of the dark squares around the King.On move 37...Qg7 taking control of the immediate squares around the king, White still has 38.Qd6!which should hold.
Dec-29-12  Ulhumbrus: On 7 Bd2 e5 8 Ndb5 a6 9 Nxd5 axb5 ( 9...Qxd5?? 10 Nc7+ forks black's qurn and king) 10 e4 White has a lead of three moves in development and Black's b5 pawn is attacked
May-13-13  DrGridlock: "The commencement of the tournament in Zurich demonstrated something that I had in fact both feared and expected. I had clearly not yet surmounted the crisis in my form and my results in the first half of the tournament, seven points out of 14 games, were far from satisfactory. I shared the 8th and 9th places and was in no way satisfied with the quality of my play. Playing through my three wins in the first half of the tournament reveals that in them Szabo made me the present of a pawn in the first few moves, Boleslavsky was unlucky enough to go in for an incorrect line and <Stahlberg allowed himself to be outplayed in a clearly drawn position.>" --- Paul Keres
Sep-22-22  Helios727: In his Zurich book, Bronstein credits Keres for being the first to introduce this line for Black in a major tournament. Nevertheless it got the name "Hennig-Schara Gambit" instead of the "Keres Gambit." As for that quote from Keres given by DrGridlock above, what book is that from?
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  perfidious: Always thought the Hennig-Schara arose after the Tarrasch move order 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4 etc rather than from the Semi-Tarrasch.
Sep-22-22  Olavi: DrGridlock's comment is from Keres' classic collection of 100 Games 1931-58 (there is a second edition up 1964). And yes, it's not von Hennig-Schara. The two gentlemen played 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4 in 1918-30 or so.
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  perfidious: Been many years, but I believe Samarian wrote of this line in his 1970s work on the Queen's Gambit; might have called it the 'Peruvian Variation' or some such.
Sep-22-22  Helios727: But would this not be considered a Hennig-Schara by transposition even if the normal move order is not via the Semi-Tarrasch?
Sep-22-22  Olavi: The Peruvian is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 c5 5.cxd5 Qb6, a dubious attempt by Canal, hence the name. Also Canal variation, even Venice variation: Tartakower vs E Canal, 1948

The real von Hennig-Schara would be 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qd1 exd5 7.Qxd5. So yes, the Hennig-Schara could transpose to Ståhlberg - Keres , but only into a insignificant uncharacteristic sideline, if 5...exd5 6.Nf3 Nf6; but in that case White would of course play 6.Qxd5 and be a whole tempo up on H-S.

So it's better to call this just a Semi-Tarrasch, unless another name needs to be found in view of the very surprising popularity of the line in the highest echelons during the last decade. And the play is uncharacteristic of normal Semi-Tarraschs. Another Lasker variation? Marshall vs Lasker, 1907

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