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Raymond Keene vs H S Hope
"Give Up Hope" (game of the day Apr-05-2009)
Mushrooms - Croydon m (1963), London ENG, Dec-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1-0

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Apr-05-09
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  YoungEd: Of course, Black can't play 20. ...dxe4 because of the fork after 21. ♘xe4. And he can't allow a pawn fork with 21. e5. I guess maybe 20. ...♕d7 would have been a bit better; protecting the c8 rook would take the sting out of the game move 21. ♘xd5. Nice clean-up job by Keene at the end!
Apr-05-09  Thanatos13: Excellent knight maneuvering by Keene. From 22.Nf4 to 30. f4 he didn't even spare one move for Hope to defend or counter. by then it was game over.

I also liked the way Keene keeps control of the center. Hope holds a formidable defense, but the knight served no purpose starting at move 18. Hope played really well and doesn't look like he made any mistakes. Keene was just a strong player who can assert dominance over the board.

Apr-05-09  bystanderz: Isn't this opening the terrible Marshall Defense...? Wonder why Keene didn't try to take advantage of it with 3. cxd5
Apr-05-09  ILikeFruits: if hope is...
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Apr-05-09  Notagm: Thanatos13: You say 'Hope played really well and doesn't look like he made any mistakes.' Are you serious? His play in this game suggests he was no more than an 1800 player (and possibly not even that).

His first serious mistake was 17...Re6, which left the other Rook unprotected. This lead to the tactic 21.Nxd5, black being unable to recapture with the c pawn due to the unprotected Rook on c8.

Having lost a central pawn and handing the centre over to white, the game was effectively over by this stage.

Apr-05-09
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  Sneaky: <bystanderz: Isn't this opening the terrible Marshall Defense...? Wonder why Keene didn't try to take advantage of it with 3. cxd5> I know what you mean, the 3.cxd5 line often leads to great advantage for White, especially if Black doesn't know what he's doing (which is often the case when you see 2...Nf6?!). I've won many games with that line, sometimes flaunting that famous queen sacrifice variation that's chalked up many points in blitz games for me.

However, Frank Marshall was no dope, and he had the system worked out that goes 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6?! 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. e4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5!


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In this case Black is really OK. I'm sure Keene didn't want to play into somebody's prepared line, so he just transposed into familiar waters where he knew he had a lasting opening advantage, without any tricks and traps.

Apr-05-09
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  Eisenheim: it is entertaining how Hope kept falling for the same pin(s).
Apr-05-09  goodevans: So why not 37 ... Rxe5? I think the answer might be 38 Rf5. E.g.,

37 ... Rxe5 38 Rf5 Rxe7 39 Qh4+ Kg8 40 Rh5 gxh5 41 Qg5+ Ng6 42 Qh6 Re1+ 43 Kh2

Is this sound? Is there a simpler win for white?

Apr-05-09  c o r e: White's queen's knight was so strong in this game! By the time of his telling sacrifice on move 38, I was actually sad to see him go.
Apr-05-09  kozo: <goodevans> Rf3 instead of Rf5 in your line keeps the rook safe (so black can't sac an exchange) and still threatens Rh3, which black doesn't have time to block. In the game continuation, Ra5, black defends against this by threatening Raxe5.
Apr-05-09  miseiler: Or perhaps because the game is entertaining. The nerve!
Apr-05-09
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  playground player: This is the kind of game that could make you give up chess, if you were on the receiving end of it.
Apr-05-09  goodevans: <kozo: <goodevans> Rf3 instead of Rf5 in your line keeps the rook safe ...>

I looked at 37 ... Rxe5 38 Rf3 but couldn't see a clear win after 38 ... Rh5 39 Rh3 Ra5. That's why I started looking at 38 Rf5.

I reckon the R is <safe> on f5 (38 ... Rxf5 39 Nxf5 Re8 40 Qh4+ Kg8 41 Ne7+ Rxe7 42 fxe7 and the pawn will queen) and blocks the R from returning to h5, which makes the treat of Qh4# devastating.

Apr-05-09  returnoftheking: Terrible game of Black. White didn't have to play particularly good, that's why Keene won it probably. CG gives him a little above 2500 as highest rating achieved. That is pretty weak for a GM, not?
Apr-05-09  apple pi: <returnoftheking> 2500 was outstanding when Keene achieved it, its only because of rating inflations that we have several GMs in the 2800 area.
Apr-05-09
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  whiteshark: <YoungEd: <I guess maybe 20...Qd7 would have been a bit better; protecting the c8 rook would take the sting out of the game move 21. Nxd5.>> 20...Qd8 is also possible.
Apr-05-09  goodevans: <returnoftheking: ...CG gives him [Keene] a little above 2500 as highest rating achieved. That is pretty weak for a GM, not?>

He was never the strongest player in the World, but in the 70s a rating of ~2500 was perfectly acceptable for a GM. You risk opening up whole can of worms about whether “rating inflation” is an artefact of the Elo system or whether it merely reflects the increased strength of today’s players.

Several players and statisticians have attempted to come up with fair ways of comparing ratings from different eras, and one such attempt is described in the book “Warriors of the Mind” by a certain <Raymond Keene> (and Nathan Divinsky).

Apr-05-09  goodevans: <apple pi: ... its only because of rating inflations that we have several GMs in the 2800 area.>

See what I mean!

Apr-05-09
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  Shams: GM Keene spent years in the world top 100.
Apr-05-09  returnoftheking: I see chessmetrics even places him no:56 of the world in 1970.

<Evans> I'd rather not read yet another "book" by Keene but do you know at what rank Keene places himself?

Apr-05-09
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  parmetd: still this is a pretty good game. Super Knight!
Apr-05-09  Pawnage: Pin city.
Apr-05-09
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  DarthStapler: Nice game
Apr-05-09  WhiteRook48: no Hope for black
Apr-05-09  xrt999: I dont think that you can give yourself a exclamatiory point, someone else has to give it to you. I thought that was a rule.
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