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Paul Keres vs Mikhail Tal
Curacao Candidates (1962), Willemstad CUW, rd 9, May-16
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B49)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-24-14  zydeco: The odd-looking 8....Bd6 seems to have been a novelty: black quickly trades off a couple pairs of pieces and then straightens out his development for an easy draw. Ivkov later improved with 13.fxe3 and Keres with 9.g3.
Feb-24-14  shivasuri4: Doesn't 9.Ndb5 win a pawn and obtain a good position for White after 9...axb5 10.Nxb5 Qa5+ 11.Bd2?
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  perfidious: <shivasuri4> The answer to your idea is 11....Bb4, when White cannot capture twice at b4 because of the ultimate pin against the rook at a1.
Feb-24-14  shivasuri4: Oh, that's a good interposition, I note. Thanks, <perfidious>.
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  perfidious: <shivasuri4> It is easy to overlook that the a-file has become open when one is analysing-then comes the rude awakening!

Time to show a faux pas of visualisation from my youth, though I was already over 1900:

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In this type of position, I believed I had caught my opponent, the late David Michael Lees, in a form of the Rubinstein Trap. Rude was the awakening when, after 1.Nxd5 cxd5 2.Bc7, David played 2....Bb4+, creating a bolthole for the queen. I resigned on the spot, for the shortest loss of my career (twelve moves).

Feb-25-14  shivasuri4: Ha, that's like a trap within a false trap. What would have happened after Nxe4? Doesn't your opponent just drop a pawn?
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  perfidious: In that precise position, yes; I just posted what I recall about the salient features. Actually don't remember the exact score, but the idea remains fresh, thirty-five years on.
Feb-05-20  King.Arthur.Brazil: It's strange that somebody said about the plan of make tied games, between the soviet players, but removing Tal from the list. Did keres make any effort to win Tal? NO? And this game was tied "not because of a deal"? I don't believe in partial folks, who did only see, what they want to see.

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