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Paul Keres vs Bent Larsen
Stockholm (1966), Stockholm SWE, rd 2, Dec-27
Van Geet (Dunst) Opening: Berlin Gambit (B00)  ·  1-0



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May-13-05  Hidden Skillz: thats one active king.. kinda early in the game
Aug-20-15  jerseybob: The Dunst Opening features 1.Nc3 for WHITE. This is a Nimzovich Defense, but I've never seen it so brutally beaten as Keres does to Larsen here.
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  Everett: Not so brutal in my eyes. Looks to me White had some uncomfortable moments.
Aug-20-15  jerseybob: Uncomfortable is not the same as really being in trouble. I think Keres foresaw every problem black would throw his way and had an answer ready.
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  Everett: So you think Keres and Larsen would agree that Black was brutally beaten here. Ok.
Feb-01-18  NeverAgain: This game was featured in the first volume of Sahovski Informator and annotated (sparsely) by Marič and Rudolf. The opening is indeed the Nimzovich Defence; by move seven it looks more like a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit sideline, though.

The annotators attach a "?" to 11...Nd4, after 12.Nxe4! (their exclam) giving the line 12...Nxe2 13.Bxa5 +-. Indeed 12...Nxe2 doesn't work since 13.Bxa5 threatens 14.Rd8# and Black thus loses a piece. However, 12...Qc7 ⩱ seems to be a clear improvement over Larsen's 12...Qd8 -- why voluntarily let your knight get pinned? -- and leaves the onus on White to prove his compensation for the pawn minus.

Besides the move actually played (11...Nd4) 11...Bg4 forcing 12.f3 also looked good. It seems that Keres was a little too eager to punish Black's unorthodox opening choice, and only Larsen's mistake on move 12 allowed White to get an upper hand.

Feb-01-18  Retireborn: <Never Again> My Larsen database has a different set of notes (by Ray Keene) and he gives 11...Nd4 a ?! (I think !? would be more appropriate), but he does recommend your 11...Bg4.

Re: Informator, I think Rudolf Maric would have been one annotator, not two.

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  OrangeTulip: Exciting and entertaining game. Including a potential 4 star puzzle ( from move 11 on)
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Black to move

1) -0.67 (35 ply) <11...Nd4 12.Nxe4 <Qc7>> 13.Bf4 Qxf4 14.Rxd4 Nxe4 15.Bd5 Ra7 16.Bxe4 Rd7 17.Rxd7 Bxd7 18.Nf3 Qc1+ 19.Qd1 Qxb2 20.O-O e6 21.Ng5 Qe5 22.Nxf7 Qxe4 23.Nxh8 Bc6 24.f3 Bc5+ 25.Kh1 Qc4 26.Qd3 Bd5 27.Qxc4 Bxc4 28.Rd1 a5 29.Re1 Bd6 30.Re4 Bxa2 31.Rh4 Bb1 32.Rh5 b4 33.Rxa5 Bxc2 34.Ra7 b3 35.Rxg7

2) -0.58 (34 ply) <11...Qc7 12.Nxe4 Nd4> transposition 13.Bf4 Qxf4 14.Rxd4 Nxe4 15.Bd5 Ra7 16.Bxe4 Rd7 ...

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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  whiteshark: <11...Nd4 12.Nxe4 <Qc7>>

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White to move

1) -0.44 (34 ply) 13.Bf4 Qxf4 14.Rxd4 Nxe4 15.Bd5 Ra7 16.Bxe4 Rd7 17.Nh3 Qc1+ 18.Rd1 Rxd1+ 19.Qxd1 Qxd1+ 20.Kxd1 e6 21.Ke2 Bd6 22.Rd1 Bc7 23.Ng5 f5 24.Bc6+ Ke7 25.Nf3 e5 26.g3 Kf6 27.c3 Be6 28.Bd5 e4 29.Ne1 Rd8 30.Bxe6 Rxd1 31.Kxd1 Kxe6 32.Ke2 f4 33.Nc2 g5 34.gxf4

2) -0.74 (34 ply) 13.Qd3 Nxb3 14.Bf4 Nc5 15.Bxc7 Nxd3+ 16.cxd3 Bb7 17.f3 Rc8 18.Bg3 Nd5 19.Ne2 g6 20.d4 Bh6 21.Nc5 Bc6 22.a3 a5 23.h4 b4 24.h5 bxa3 25.bxa3 Kf8 26.Rb1 f6 27.Kf1 Kf7 28.Bf2 a4 29.g4 Ne3+ 30.Bxe3 Bxe3 31.Kg2 Bd5 32.h6 Rhg8 33.Nxa4

3) -0.83 (34 ply) 13.Nxf6+ gxf6 14.Qd3 Nxb3 15.cxb3 Rg8 16.Nf3 Rxg2 17.Bf4 e5 18.Bg3 Be6 19.Qe4 Rc8 20.Nh4 Rxg3 21.hxg3 Qc2 22.Qxc2 Rxc2 23.Rb1 Bb4+ 24.Kf1 Bd5 25.Rh2 Be4 26.g4 Bc5 27.Re1 Bd3+ 28.Kg1 Rxb2 29.Rd1 Bc2 30.Rc1 Bb6 31.Nf5 Bxf5 32.gxf5 Rxa2 33.Rxh7 Rxf2

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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