26 KR-Q1


27 RxQ

The only move to prevent the queening of the BP.

29 RxB P-Kt6

Threatening . . . R-Kt5 followed by . . . RxP mate.

30 . . . R-Kt5 would also suffice, for if 31 RxKt, RxKP.

31 R-Kt5 RxR

32 PxR Kt-K3

White resigns. His K cannot budge and his R is tied to the first rank. Black can win in a variety of ways; all that is necessary is to play the Kt to a square where it controls KB8.

(The notes to this game—one of great theoretical value—are specially contributed.)

Noordwijk International Tournament June, 1938 FRENCH DEFENSE

(Notes by Paul Keres)

R. Spielmann White 1 P-K4

P. Keres-Black P-K3

For a better understanding of the following play, it should be pointed out that S-p-ielmann had a bad score at this stage, and was naturally inclined to play for a win in the most aggressive manner. Since this was obvious, 1 avoided the more complex move 1 . . . P-K4 (which I adopt almost invariably against 1 P-K4).

3 Kt-QB3

P-Q4 Kt-KB3

Played with the psychological motivation alluded to in the previous note. I was certain that Spielmann would again play 4 P-K5 (with which he had scored a brilliant victory vs. Schmidt in the 2nd round) and I had the following improvement up my sleeve: 4 P-K5, KKt-Q2; 5 QKt-K2, P-QB4; 6 P-QB3, P-B3; 7 P-KB4, PxQP; 8 BPxP, PxP; 9 PxP, B-Kt5ch and White is in great difficulties because of the threatened . . . Q-R5ch.

Under other circumstances 1 might very well have tried 3 . . . B-Kt5.


Branching off—although hardly to his advantage. The whole variation beginning with 4 P-K5 has little to recommend it.

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