Blau vs Keres
1070
[Event "01"] [Site "Zurich (19.05.59)"] [Round "0"] [White "Blau"] [Black "Keres"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C70"] [Opening "Spanish: 4.Ba4"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. Qe1 Be6 8. d3 Nd7 9. b3 c5 10. Bb2 f6 11. Nbd2 O-O 12. Qe3 Nb8 {The Knight is heading for d4 via c6. At d4 it may be exchanged, in which case Black dissolves his doubled pawns by the recapture; or if it is driven back by c3 the White d-pawn is left weakened} 13. Rfd1 Nc6 14. c3 Qe8 15. Rac1 Rd8 16. Nf1 {White could have advanced his backward d-pawn, but this advance of course, has the drawbakc of allowing Black to get rid of his doubled c-pawns. Also the position would be opened up for the two Bishops} (16. d4 cxd4 17. cxd4 exd4 18. Nxd4 Nxd4 19. Bxd4 Qh5 $1 20. Rxc7 Bd6 { So, one way or another it seems best for White to continue maneuvering}) 16... Rf7 17. Ng3 Bf8 18. Rd2 {White gives up his last good chance to play d4} 18... Rfd7 19. Rcd1 a5 $1 {Now that the d-pawn has been definitely relegated to the status of backward pawn it is a weakness. Black therefore loses no time in seeking to create a second weakness in White's position} 20. Ne2 (20. d4 cxd4 21. cxd4 exd4 22. Nxd4 Bc5) 20... a4 21. bxa4 (21. c4) 21... Ra8 $1 22. Nc1 ( 22. d4 cxd4 23. cxd4 Bb4) 22... Rxa4 23. c4 { Not an easy decision, but White had only unpleasant choices here} (23. Ba1 Qa8) 23... Nd4 24. h3 g6 25. Bxd4 cxd4 26. Qe2 Qa8 27. Rc2 Rd6 {Now the game acquires a new aspect and Black begins to maneuver in earnest against the enemy weak points} 28. Nd2 Rb6 29. Ndb3 Ra3 30. Kh2 c5 31. g3 { In order to play Pf4 later, but he is never able to get it in} 31... Qc8 32. Qf1 Bh6 33. Qg2 Bd7 34. Re2 Qc7 35. Rde1 {White indirectly prevents ... Pf5 but putting indirect pressure against Black's e-pawn} 35... Re6 36. Qf3 { Again restraining ... Pf5} 36... Kg7 37. Rc2 Ba4 38. Rb2 Rb6 39. Ree2 $2 Rb4 ( 39... Bxc1 40. Nxc1 Bd1 $19 {both players overlook the win of the exchange}) 40. Qg2 {Up until now White's defensive lines have held under heavy pressure. All the same he has had to concede terrain, and his pieces have been forced back all along the line. In the closing phase of the game Black decides to give up the two Bishops, as in this way he is able to facilitate the attack on the d-pawn} 40... b5 $1 41. cxb5 Bxc1 42. Nxc1 Rc3 43. Qf1 Bxb5 44. Rec2 Ba4 45. Nb3 (45. Rxc3 Rxb2 46. Ra3 Qa5) (45. Rxb4 cxb4 46. Rxc3 Qxc3) 45... Qb6 $1 (45... Rxc2 46. Rxc2 Bxb3 47. axb3 Rxb3 48. Qc1 $1) 46. Qc1 Bxb3 47. axb3 Rbxb3 48. Ra2 (48. Rxb3 Qxb3 49. Rxc3 dxc3 50. Qa1 c2 51. Qa7+ Kh6 52. Qxc5 Qxd3 53. Qf8+ Kg5 54. h4+ Kg4 $1 $19) 48... Rxd3 49. Rxc5 Rdc3 50. Rxc3 dxc3 51. Rc2 Rb2 52. Kg2 g5 53. h4 Qb7 {The e-pawn can't be saved} 54. Rxc3 (54. f3 Qb3 $19) ( 54. Kf3 g4+ 55. Ke3 Qb6+ 56. Kd3 Qd4+) 54... Qxe4+ 55. Rf3 Rb3 56. Qd1 Qxf3+ 57. Qxf3 Rxf3 58. Kxf3 gxh4 59. gxh4 f5 0-1
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Players
WhiteBlau
BlackKeres
Game
Moves59
OpeningC70 — Spanish: 4.Ba4
Result0-1
Date
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Tournament
Tournament01
LocationZurich (19.05.59)
Round0