Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Paul Keres Chigorin Defence

Paul Keres was one a handful of Twentieth Century grandmasters who was good enough to be World Champion but never made it. Others include Rubinstein, Nimzowitsch, Bronstein and Korchnoi. All were great. Paul Keres played every world champion from Capablanca to Karpov. When he was not winning, he usually held his own. Paul Keres totaled about 97 drawn games against Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian and Spassky.

Feliks Kibbermann faced his fellow countryman Paul Keres maybe 10 times over a 20 year period from the 1930s to the 1950s. In 1935 both Keres and Kibbermann represented Estonia in the Warsaw Olympiad. Early in his career Paul Keres chose the sharpest lines he could find. This worked well. Experience shows that the fastest way to improve is to learn tactics. Keres won here with what began as a Queens Knight Defence after 1.d4 Nc6. Black transposed to a wild gambit in the Chigorin 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e5!?

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Kibbermann - Keres, Match Tallinn (Estonia), 1935 begins 1.d4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e5!? 4.Nxe5 [4.dxe5 Nge7!? 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.Qxd5 Nxd5 7.a3+/= and Black has an extra pawn on the queenside to compensate for White's two extra doubled e-pawns on the kingside.] 4...Nxe5 5.dxe5 d4 [Another try is 5...dxc4 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.e4 Be6 8.f4 g6 9.Be3+/=] 6.e4?! [This aggressive move allows Black to equalize. 6.g3 Ne7 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.f4+/=] 6...Ne7 7.Bd3 [7.f4 Nc6=] 7...Ng6!? [7...Nc6 8.f4 Qh4+ 9.g3 Qh3=] 8.f4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2? [9.Kf2 0-0 10.a3 Be7 11.Rf1+/=] 9...Nxf4 10.Bxb4? [10.Qf3 Qh4+ 11.g3 Nxd3+ 12.Qxd3 Qe7-/+] 10...Nxg2+! 11.Kf2 Qh4+ 12.Kg1 [The point of the knight sacrifice is 12.Kxg2 Qh3+ 13.Kf2 Qe3+ 14.Kg2 Bh3#] 12...Qg5 13.Qf3 Ne1+ 14.Qg3 Qxg3+ 15.hxg3 Nxd3 16.Ba3 Nxe5 [The opening is over. Black is up two pawns.] 17.Nd2 Be6 18.b3 a5 19.Kg2 Bg4 20.Rhf1 f6 21.Rh1 Kd7 22.Bc5 Nc6 23.Nf3 b6 24.Ba3 Rae8 25.Rhe1 Bxf3+ 26.Kxf3  h5 27.Re2  [27.c5 Ne5+ 28.Kg2 bxc5 29.Bxc5 Nd3-+] 27...h4 28.c5 Ne5+ 29.Kg2 hxg3 30.Kxg3 Rh5 31.cxb6 [Or 31.Rd1 Reh8 32.Rxd4+ Ke6 33.cxb6 Rg5+ 34.Kf2 Rh2+ 35.Kf1 Rh1+ 36.Kf2 Rgg1-+] 31...Rg5+ 32.Kf2 Rh8 0-1

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