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Paul Keres vs Denis Victor Mardle
Hastings (1964/65), Hastings ENG, rd 2, Dec-29
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: 10. Nc3 = Opening Explorer

Nice example of the anti-Marshall with 8. a4 Bb7 9. d3. The Ruy Knight on f5 gets traded off instantly yet White builds pressure against f7. Note 25. Rxf7?! would not have worked as Black can interpose with ... Bf6 or ... Nf6, also White's QB is still blocking the QR, but after 25. Bg5 g6 26. Rxf7! Rxf7 27. Rf1 wins as the f6 square is now unguarded. I don't see any big improvements for Black; 25 ... Bxg5 26. Rxg5 Nf6?? 27. Qxf6, or 26 ... g6? 27. Rxg6+.

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  ChessHigherCat: What about the other desperate alternative, 26...Bf6? If 27. Qxh4 Qe7. If 27. Bxf6 Nxf6 28. Rxf6 gxf6 29. Qxf6 white can definitely at least draw because of the pinned f pawn but I don't see a win (which doesn't mean there isn't one).
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  beatgiant: <ChessHigherCat> 26...Bf6 <27. Rxd7+> looks like it wins everything.
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  ChessHigherCat: Sorry I meant 25...Bf6 in the line tpstar was talking about
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  tpstar: After 25. Bg5:

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25 ... Bf6 is much better than the game continuation which lost quickly. White could proceed 26. Qxh4 and if 26 ... Qe7 then 27. Raf1 leaves Black with nothing to do but wait for the breakthrough. If 27 ... Bxg5 28. Rxg5 followed by 29. Qg3 and g7 cannot be held.

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