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Paul Keres vs Svetozar Gligoric
Zuerich (1959), Zuerich SUI, rd 4, May-23
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0



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Mar-24-06  KYENNY139: <YouRang> Huh?
Mar-24-06  KYENNY139: Where was your previous post? I cannt see it/
Mar-24-06  KYENNY139: <crafty> Are you the computer crafty? I saw you in the store when I bought my Junior. Are you stronger than Junior? I saw you were cheaper. Who has the higher rating? Are you the computer World Champion or is Junior? I used to have Fritz 7 but he was not good. I remember when there was only Fritz. And how great everyone thought he was. But now he is not world class anymore. What do you think of his play Mr. Crafty?
Mar-24-06  crafty: 33. ♘xf6+ ♖xf6 34. ♖xd3 ♖df8 35. ♖d5 ♖6f7 36. ♕b4 ♘b8   (eval 1.42; depth 15 ply; 250M nodes)
Premium Chessgames Member <KYENNY139> User: crafty is an account run by the administrators. If you click on that link you can read the details.

We removed crafty's previous post because we want it to spend some more time on analyzing the move. It will chime in again in a minute or two. It seems as if 33.Nxf6+ is an alternate solution.

Mar-24-06  Sleepyeyeguy: Anyway, um, the previous post for those of you who can't see it is I saw 33.Rxd3 cxd3 34.Nh6+ Kh8 35.Bb3.. threatening 36.Bg8 and then mate. If rook takes 37.Nf7+ Kg7 37.Ng5+..with mate in the next move... Either this is too easy for a Friday puzzle or I'm just better at chess than I thought
Mar-24-06  Sleepyeyeguy: So are there any problems that anyone sees with my line that doesn't lead to an equally valid solution? let me know
Mar-24-06  KYENNY139: <> Oh
Mar-24-06  DP12: jahhaj, the position is not really complicated. 34...R:f2 looked too loose to me last night because after 35.Kg1 The rook is hanging to B:d3. The queen is hanging to Q:h7+ Kf8 Ne6+. Therefore, from a logical perspective the only theoretically possible defense is Rf6 defending the rook and covering e6 but then R:d3 or even B:d3 win. One very pretty although not that relevant line I saw yesterday was 35... Qc6 36.Ne6 (Q:d8, B:d3) Rf7 37. Q:f7! K:f7 38. N:d8+. Thinking in these terms is often helpful even in tactical positions.
Mar-24-06  Mendrys: Dang! I was sure it was 33. Rxd3. I saw 33. Rxd3 cxd3 34. Bb3+ Kh8 but after 35 Nxf6 I thought black could reply 35....Nxf6 not seeing that this loses the Queen! Oh well, it is a friday puzzle after all.
Mar-24-06  jmw128: First time poster...long time lurker/puzzle of the day fan. I got the exact solution. The obvious Nh6+ led me to look at the Nxf6+ idea. This led me to look at Rxd3 in order to force Kh8. Interesting puzzle.
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  tpstar: <jmw128> Hello! Welcome to the group! You saw a lot more than I did here. ;>D See you around.
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  tamar: I saw the three tactics, but not in the correct order. I hate it when that happens :0
Mar-24-06  jahhaj: <Sleepyeyeguy> After 33.Rxd3 cxd3 34.Nh6+ Kh8 35.Bb3 Rde8 White has to retreat his queen and so there is no mate (if 36.Nf7+ Kg7!).
Mar-24-06  Halldor: My first impression this morning was that this could maybe end in a smothered mate, but I couldn't clear the way for the queen, and for a long time I thought that the knight should go to h6 at the right moment. I even looked at the rook sac 33. ♖xd3 in this connection.

But later today I had some time for this puzzle again and then took a fresh start looking at 33. ♖xd3 cxd3 34.♗b3+ ♔h8, but then I was stuck for an incredible long time... Suddenly I saw 35. ♘f6!! ♖x♘ 36. ♘g5 and Black can't defend h7 anymore. - I completely overlooked Black's counterattack which is very clever, the rook on f2 is poisoned.

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  OhioChessFan: < User: crafty is an account run by the administrators. If you click on that link you can read the details. >

Hmmmmm. I had no idea that's who Crafty was.

Mar-24-06  Ribo: move 5: why doesn't black capture the pawn on e4 ?
Mar-24-06  dakgootje: << User: crafty is an account run by the administrators. If you click on that link you can read the details. >

Hmmmmm. I had no idea that's who Crafty was.>

no indeed, i always thought crafty was a low rated patzer of 89 years old with the exciting hobby of knitting -.-

Mar-25-06  Halldor: <Ribo> Welcome! - your first kibitz. 5...♘xe4 would have been the Open Variation of Ruy Lopez, it's lively but Black chooses the slow positional struggle of the Closed Ruy Lopez.
Mar-25-06  Ribo: <Halldor> hey haha.. thanks, i couldn't resist to ask. i found quite a bunch of games here with this variation and it's clear now, cheers.
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  patzer2: White's 33. Rxd3! prepares the first of two decisive clearance sham sacrifices, setting up a mating attack.
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  plang: The system with 10..Na5 and 11..Nc4 is rarely used. The five moves with the queen knight ending up on d7 certainly looks peculiar. Keres was not happy with his opening (he felt that 16 a4 and 18 Qd3 were inaccurate) saying that Black could have equalized with 18..d5 19 exd..exd 20 axb..axb 21 Qxb5..Bxd5 22 Qd3. After 18..c4? and 20..g6? White had an advantage.

Keres after 24 dxe!: "With this, all possible complications by means of the advance of ..d5 are thwarted, and White develops overwhelming pressure. The bishop on a3, in conjunction with the open d-file and the weakness on c4 now bring to bear a pressure on on the enemy position that cannot be withstood."

Keres felt that Gligoric's best chance was to give up the c-pawn with 31..Rfe8 32 Qb4. After the weakening 31..f6? White's attack won quickly. Both 32 Rde8 and 32 Kh8 would have been answered by 33 Nxf6+!.

Sep-21-10  ozmikey: Beautiful finish!
Oct-10-10  sevenseaman: White lets the Black R to huff and puff itself out and waits patiently for the mate that he has already lined up.
Sep-26-16  cwcarlson: Tal would likely have played 31.Ng4! Ne2+ 32.Kf1 Nc3 33.Ng5! when the threat of Nh6+ is crushing.
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