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Vladimir Simagin vs Paul Keres
Moscow (1963), Moscow URS, rd 5, Nov-03
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1-0



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May-16-05  Runemaster: A fine ending by Simagin. Keres never really managed to get any counterplay.
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Keres played 45..c6 after which Black was busted. Could Simagin have won if Keres had waited with 45..Be7?

Note that had Black opts for 45..Bd8 to make ..Kf4 possible, then he loses to 46 Ne3+ Ke5 47 Kc4 Kf4 48 Nd5+ Kg3 49 Kxc5 Kxh3 50 b4 Kxg4 51 a5 Kf3 52 b5 +-

After 45..Be7 (defending c5) White can proceed 46 Ne3+ Ke5 47 Kc4 and now 47..c6 is obligatory since 47..Bd6 loses to 48 Nf1!

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From here, I can't see a clear win for White. Two tries:

a) 48 Kd3 Kf4 49 Nc4 Bd8 50 Nd6 Kg3 51 Nb7 Bb6 52 Ke4 (if 52 a5 not 52..Ba7? 53 Nd8 +- but 52..Bc7) 52..Kxh3 53 Kf3 a5

b) 48 Nc2 Kf4 49 b4 Kg3! 50 bcx5 Kxh3 51 Nd4 Kxg4 52 Nxc6 Bf6 53 Nd4 Kg3! 54 Kd5 g4 55 c6 Bd8 56 Ne6 Bb6

Mar-08-21  Retireborn: <woldsman> Thanks, very interesting analysis.

My engine prefers to answer 45...Be7 with 46.a5!? Bd8 47.Ne3+ Kd6 48.b3 and thinks White still has some winning chance after 48...c6 49.Nc4+ Ke6 50.Nb6 or 48....Kc6 49.Kc4 Bf6 50.Nc2; I suppose in this last case the idea is to play Ne1 and aim for some sort of Zugzwang with Nd3 or Nf3 attacking the weaknesses on c5 and g5 respectively.

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