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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Paul Keres
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 21, Oct-07
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  0-1



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Aug-03-03  refutor: this is the only time that 13. ... d5 was played in this position at master level (according to this database). in Zurich 1953 Bronstein gives 13. ... d5 an exclam, but gives Vasiukov's suggestion (instead of 14. exd5) 14.dxe dxe 15.N1d2! exf 16.exf Bxf6 17.Qxf3 Be6 18.Ne4 Be7 19.Qh5, or 14. ... Nxe4 15.Ne3! Be6 16.Qe2.

Is 13. ...d5 that strong that players avoid 13.Nf1 or is Vasiukov's suggestion that much better for white?

Aug-02-05  notyetagm: Gotta love that final move, 33 ... ♘f3+!. White resigns because mate is forced:

34 ♔h1 ♘f2(g3)#
34 gxf3 ♕e2+ 35 ♔h1 (♔g1 ♕f2+ 36 ♔h1 ♘g3#) ♕xf3+ 36 ♔h2 (♔g1 ♕f2+ 37 ♔h1 ♘g3#) ♕f2+ 37 ♔h1 ♘g3#

Aug-02-05  euripides: <refutor> Interesting question. It seems to be 12...Rd8 that has become obsolete. I am not sure why - perhaps the rook looks silly after 13 d5 ?
Aug-02-05  euripides: ... I find that in My 60 forgettables Fischer gives the same analysis as Bronstein to explain why Keres had abandoned 12 ...Rd8 in conjunction with 13...d5.
Oct-11-05  notyetagm: Here is another example of the same tactical motif that ends this game: the White g2-pawn must stay on the line of the White h2-king to keep the second rank closed. <Since the g2-pawn is busy keeping the 2nd rank closed, it defends neither the f3- nor h3-squares.> In the Keres game, the White g2-pawn is overworked and Keres deflects it to f3 with 33 ... ♘f3+!. In the game that I posted, Lputian deflects the same overworked g2-pawn but this time to h3 instead of f3 with 47 ... ♖h3+!.

[Event "Elista ol"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Sadler, Matthew"]
[Black "Lputian, Smbat Gariginovich"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2660"]
[BlackElo "2615"]
[NIC "QO 11.3.11"]
[ECO "D31"]
[PlyCount "94"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 6. e3 Nf6 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. h3 O-O 9. Nf3 Re8 10. Qc2 Nf8 11. O-O Ng6 12. Bh2 Bd6 13. Bxd6 Qxd6 14. Rab1 Qe7 15. b4 Ne4 16. b5 Ng5 17. Nxg5 Qxg5 18. bxc6 bxc6 19. f4 Qf6 20. f5 Nf8 21. Qf2 Rd8 22. Qg3 h6 23. Kh2 Nh7 24. Na4 Qe7 25. Nc5 Nf6 26. Rfe1 Qf8 27. Rec1 Re8 28. Kg1 Qe7 29. Re1 Qd8 30. Re2 Re7 31. Reb2 Re8 32. Re2 Re7 33. Reb2 Re8 34. Qf4 Qe7 35. Re1 Nd7 36. Nxd7 Bxd7 37. Rb7 Red8 38. Reb1 a5 39. R1b6 a4 40. Bc2 Qa3 41. Bb1 Rac8 42. f6 g5 43. Qg3 c5 44. dxc5 Qxc5 45. h4 Re8 46. Kh2 Rxe3 47. Qd6 Rh3 0-1

Oct-11-05  notyetagm: In the Sadler-Lputian game that I posted above, White resigns after the deflecting 47 ... ♖h3+! because of the forced mate 48 gxh3 ♕f2+ 49 ♔h1 ♖c1#.
Mar-06-09  outplayer: <refutor>, I think you should rewrite your post because in the line 14.dxe dxe (this is an impossible move).
Aug-23-10  rapidcitychess: <... I find that in My 60 forgettables Fischer gives the same analysis as Bronstein to explain why Keres had abandoned 12 ...Rd8 in conjunction with 13...d5.> Actually that is in the game with the title "Meat and Potatoes" ,and it's why he gave up 11...Nd7 instead of 11...Qc7.
Feb-23-14  Ulhumbrus: In a sub-variation of the variation given by Vasiukov which Fischer quoted - <14 de Nxe4 15 Ne3 Be6 16 Qe2 threatening 17 Nxd5> Kuzmin varied at move 15 by <15...Bb7> in the game M Steinberg vs G Kuzmin, 1967 and after offering a pawn on e4 gained an advantage in development and proceeded to draw
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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 21 I selected this game to cover:
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  plang: Keres prepared 12..Rd8 (which had been played once before in an obscure game) with the idea of catching Boleslavsky off guard. Not surprisingly, Boleslevsky did not find the best line among all the possible continuations but he could have at least maintained equality with 16 Ng5..g6! 17 Qf3 (17 Nxh7..cxd with the idea of ..d3) 17..Bf8. 18 Nf5 looks like an improvement. Bronstein suggested 19 Ndf5!? but that appears very speculative. Bolslavsky's exchange sacrifice did little to slow Kere's counterattack.
Dec-07-17  sudoplatov: Somewhat similar tactics in Anand vs Svidler, 2016

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