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Paul Keres vs Peter Dely
EUR-chT (Men) 4th (1970), Kapfenberg AUT, rd 2, May-11
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Gurgenidze Variation (B36)  ·  1-0



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Jan-30-04  Catfriend: Good god! That's an assault! <crafty> can you analyse the sacrifices here?
May-15-04  Tigran Petrosian: Wow!
May-15-04  poktirity: Nice game. But since I am a beginner I wonder if the flirting with blacks knight and white-squared bishop really was necessary?
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  Gypsy: I can not find defensive nor offensive reasons for 22.b4 and 23.c5 either. According to Kotov, Keres was known for perfecting; sometimes even overdesigning his final blow (Think Like a GM). So pehaps a bit of an extra prophylactic prep??
May-16-04  Benjamin Lau: Interesting commentary Gypsy. It's not often one thinks of Keres playing prophylactically, and yet I can agree after looking at more of his games. He seems a very versatile player. Seirawan echoed Kotov's sentiment I believe. He said that Keres used to be a very strong tactical player when he was younger, but one without positional finesse. Keres later arrived at a point in which tactical expertise could take him no farther (according to Seirawan), and adopted correspondence chess to strengthen his strategic skills, becoming a force to be reckoned with at his peak.
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  Gypsy: Thanks <Ben>. One of my backburner projects is to figure out how Keres constructed his games. My conjecture is that he fits into the cluster Alekhine-Keres-Spassky-Kasparov, but he seems to be the one who sticks out mosts, in the direction of the Morphy-Tal cluster. I just have not been able to quite put my finger on the essence of it.

You may enjoy this quote from Vlasti Jansa: "During our games (w. Keres), I always had a feeling that I was playing against somebody who knew everything about chess."

In fact, reading now just a bit further, I see this: "Paul Keres also had some kind of hidden dynamic instinct... All attempts at activity by his oponents were usually eliminated by his fantastic foresight, a continuous magical prophylaxis; on the other hand, his chessboard operations were based on clear logic and deep calculations."

May-16-04  Dillinger: The bishop sacrifice appears to be unsound according to computer analysis, black makes at least 2 errors which let Keres stay in the hunt. black must have missed g6! completely.
May-16-04  Benjamin Lau: Thanks for the quote Gypsy. I guess it takes one to know one, so Keres' ability to produce activity must have also given him a lot of insight into knowing how to eliminate it.
May-16-04  iron maiden: <Ben> On an off-topic note, here's a game you might want for your blunder collection: Keene vs Botvinnik, 1966.
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  Chessical: <18.Bxh6!?> looks promising; e.g:

<Nxf2> (18...Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Nxf2 20.c5 Qg7 21.Ne7+ Qxe7 22.Rxd6 is better for White) 19.Qxf2 Bxh6+ 20.Kb1 Kh7 21.Rhg1 and Black's K is exposed to the next wave of the attack.

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  master8ch: 22.g6 presents Black with the same threats 2 moves earlier. Why wait?
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  beatgiant: <master8ch>
After Black's 23...Be6, he no longer has the ...Rf4 defense because the bishop will hang after 24...Rf4 25. Nxf4 exf4 26. Qxe6+.

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