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Max Euwe vs Paul Keres
FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948), The Hague NED / Moscow URS, rd 21, May-06
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1



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Mar-16-08  Knight13: 9. Nge2 forces White to castle queen side into "saftety" after ...d5, only to get his castle blown up and king assassinated.
Sep-10-09  nd792001: And Keres has the luxury of 4 consecutive knight moves starting ...17 to maneuver it into the desired position...
Sep-10-09  AnalyzeThis: If you're going to play 4. Qc2, play a3 as soon as possible and try to aquire the two bishops.
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  Sally Simpson: Golombek in his 1948 Championship book states by move 26 both players were in severe time trouble. He kicked off the chapter by saying the Keres win was not justified as it was obtained by unsound play.

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28.Rxd3 Nxd3 29.Bxd3 analysing it out to a White is 'winning easily' comment.

The critical blunder came from White.

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34.Qd4 White has to stop 34....Qc3+. The moves 34...Qb3 or 34...Qa3 put up stiffer resistance though Black would still have the attack and in mutual time trouble that is often the telling factor.

Nov-25-19  Olavi: Keres in his tournament book gives his 27...Bd3 an exclamation mark, where others have the opposite, commenting that it's the best chance in time trouble. 28.Rxd3 Nxd3 29.Bxd3 Qc1+ 30.Qxc1 Rxc1+ 31.Kb2 Rg1 32.Bc3 h5 and white would still have to work.
Mar-23-22  cehertan: Another big moment is move 31. Instead of Rgd4, 31.Rb3! saves white. The point is 31.Rb3 Rc5 32.Rb8+ Kh7 33.Qb1+ Rc2? 34.Rb2 stopping the attack with advantage. No end to the tactical nuances GMs and machines can teach us.

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