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Josef Rejfir vs Paul Keres
Moscow Olympiad Final-A (1956), Moscow URS, rd 7, Sep-17
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Keres Variation (A23)  ·  0-1



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Mar-29-05  Whitehat1963: Obviously, Keres knows how to play his own game. 17...Bd8! 40...Rg8! 56...Qg4+!
Sep-22-08  offramp: A position from this game was used on the cover of the English (Penguin) version of the Art of the Middle Game by Keres & Kotov. In the book Keres talks about adjournment analysis using this hame as an example. That chapter is more or less redundant, now.
Feb-07-12  zluria: This games seems to provide a rare example of a Keres error in analysis. He analyses the position after 46. ... Kxh6 out to a win in his book "The Art of the Middle Game", but Rybka's analysis shows that after 47. f4! followed by Kf2, White would in fact have a draw since any attempt to capture the f4 pawn leads to a strange perpetual check where the White Queen abandons the Black pawn to hunt the Black King.
Feb-07-12  drukenknight: the comments above are interesting as I quickly looked at the game it strikes me that 24 Rg4+ is stronger. no?

the situation on that side may go back earlier, I thought h6 should be played earlier instead of 00. Which if logic is correct when it is played the response shoudl have been 9 Bxh6; havent studied it but that's my hunch..

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  typhoonsub: It seems to me that there was an error on black's moves order. After 16. Nxc6 the strongest was 16...axb5! The point is that the knight on c6 remains attacked by de b7 pawn, allowing black to improve his position with a sequence of forced moves, leaving white in serious problems:

(1) 17. Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.Bf4 Bxe2 19 Qf5 (Qc2 Bxc4) bxc4

(2) 17.Ne5 Rc8 18.Ba5 Bd6 19. Nf3 Ra8 20.Be1 (20.Be2 Bg6 21.Qb3 bxc4 22.Qxc4 Ra4! 23.Qc1 Qxe2)20...Bg6 21.Qb3 bxc4 22.Qxc4 b5 23.Qb3 Qxe2

(3) the 'creative' 17.Na5 allows black to build up a strong kingside attack: 17... Qd7 18. Bxb7 (the lesser evil)Qxc7 19.Bxa8 Rxa8 20.Nb3 Bg6 21.Qd1 Ne4 22.Kh2 Bd6.

Sep-22-18  Saniyat24: Dance of the Kings...! Rejfir gave a tough fight to Keres...what a threatening move was 40.Ng5! but after losing the lone Rook and the Knight, Rejfir didn't have much left in the tank...Keres used his King as an attacking piece...! The dance of the two kings were pretty amusing...

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