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10 Sgl?

There is still hope for White after 10 d4! with complications, as in Arkhipkin-Klovan, Riga 1974. If 10 g4 then 10...fxg3 11 i.g2^xe4+.

It would be very surprising had the mature Keres overlooked 10 d4! in an OTB game; however, it must be remembered that he was only 17 when this game was played and doubtless had dozens more on the go at the same time. He also soundly beat Menke on at least two occasions.

In postal games played later in the 1930s, Keres sw itched to a mature positional style, employing the Spanish and closed openings which became his mainstay as an OTB grandmaster and challenger for the world title. By the middle of the decade, he was meeting a much higher standard of opposition than before, winning the championship of the IFSB (1935-6) and taking top board for Estonia in the IFSB Olympiad (1935-7) in which this fine drawn game with Dr Dyckhoff was played:

Keres - Dyckhoff

European Corr Chi 1936

1 e4 e5 2 £if3 3 iIbS a6 4 £.a4 5 0-0 ^xe4 6 d4 b5 7 &b3 d5 8 dxe5 &e6 9 c3 Jiel 10 &e3 0-0 11 £)bd2 £>xd2 12 Wxd2 Wd7 (D)

13Wd3

Many years later against Unzicker (Zurich 1959), Keres played instead 13 £g5 Bad8 14 Sfel and the German grandmaster went wrong by 14...£ia5? 15 £c2 &c4 16 ^d3 g6 17 Wd4! 2fe8 18 ^h4 ±. Black could have equalised by 14...fife8 (Suetin) or 14...&xg5 15 £>xg5 (15 #xg5 d4!) 15...£f5 = (Pachman).

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