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Paul Keres vs Denis Allan
Vancouver (1975), Vancouver CAN, rd 1, May-17
Russian Game: General (C42)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: In this game from the final event of his extraordinary career, Keres manages to imbue a quiet position with life in the middlegame after his opponent plays solid moves, which, however, lack a plan.
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  FSR: My guess is that Allan, playing a living legend, was freaked out and was trying too hard to play solidly and get a draw.
Jul-22-14  Xeroxx: interesting game.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A Philidor's Defense Reversed! I used to play this in five-minute chess as a joke; perhaps I should have played this in real games.
Mar-29-16  whiteshark: Yasser mentionend some gossip details on this game at the beginning of this lecture:
Sep-23-21  suenteus po 147: That's a crazy end position. White has three pieces (two rooks!) en prise, but Black can do nothing to stop the mating net short of sacrificing his own queen.
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  fredthebear: Yes, indeed! Good to hear from you again <suenteus po 147>!

King's Indian Attackers often prefer to switch to a Philidor's Defense Reversed (Be2 instead of Bg2) when ...e5 blocks the advance of the e4 pawn (thus blunting the Bg2 if it were stationed there). Stockfish slightly prefers Black's initial space advantage, which White turns around in the middlegame. White moves just three center pawns to get his pieces out efficiently, then harasses the Black queen as his army advances.

The Estonian Paul Keres was absolutely deadly with full development on an open board. He could match Anderssen, Morphy, Blackburne, Marshall, Alekhine, & Nezhmetdinov in that regard. I think of Keres as being able to find great positions on empty squares anywhere on the board (especially with his queen) -- piece placement w/pressure that others might overlook. He had wide-ranging board vision to go along with his combinational calculation skills.

Paul Keres won this Vancouver tournament with 7 1/2 points out of 9 games. Sadly, Keres died a few weeks afterward, Jun 05, 1975 in Helsinki, Finland.

"An innovation need not be especially ingenious, but it must be well worked out." - Paul Keres

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